Lunch & Learn: Understanding the Teen Brain

Friday, 10 May, 2019 11:30 am
The Argyle Club, Slick-Urschel Room


This event is SOLD OUT. To be placed on a waiting list, please call 210-821-6094, or email info@mindscience.org

Enjoy a delicious lunch in the intimate surroundings of the Argyle Club, while learning how to best support the teens (or future teens) in your life.

Adolescence is a crucial and functional period of human development with critical impact on the adult brain. Join neuroscientist and teen brain expert Abigail Baird, PhD (Vassar) for a tour of the teen brain and gain a better understanding of the impact of peers, sex differences, and the anatomy of the adolescent brain on adolescent behavior.

Ample time will be given for audience questions.

Proceeds from this event go to support our BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition, which funds early career neuroscientists researching the science of consciousness and improvements in the health and well-being of humankind.


Event Schedule

11:15 am - Registration

11:30 pm - Program

12:30 pm - Q&A

1:00 pm - Close

The Teen Brain

Abigail Baird, PhD

Abigail A. Baird is a Professor of Psychology at Vassar College and the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Adolescent Science. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and both an MA and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor Baird’s research examines the brain and behavioral basis of adolescent development. Her work examines the ways in which social, emotional, cognitive, and brain-based factors drive the processes by which adolescents become adults. The long-term goal of this work is to better identify and prevent psychopathology, and further to inform legal and educational policy.

Professor Baird is the author of two books and has published numerous peer-reviewed and popular press articles. Her research has received awards from Harvard University and the Society for Research on Psychopathology. She has been elected to several scientific societies including the International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Her professional accomplishments also include serving as Secretary of the Association for Psychological Science, Invited Faculty to the New York State Judicial Institute and Advisory Board member on the Campaign for Youth Justice. She has been a consistent participant in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award Winning Neuroscience Educational Program for members of the judicial system. Her work on adolescent brain development contributed to the Amicus Briefs that helped the United States Supreme Court to abolish the Death Penalty for Juveniles, and more recently abolish Life Sentences without the Possibility of Parole for Juveniles. Following this work Baird was elected to the National Committee on Lawyers and Scientist, a joint committee between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Bar Association (ABA) that serves to advise national policy at the intersection of science and law.

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