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Wednesday, June 17 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Keynote by Dr. Bruce Ellis "Beyond Allostatic Load: Rethinking the Role of Stress in Regulating Child Development and Resilience"

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Beyond Allostatic Load: Rethinking the Role of Stress in Regulating Child Development and Resilience
Speaker: Bruce J. Ellis
How do exposures to stress, such as repeated or chronic childhood adversity, affect social and cognitive functioning? The usual answer to this question highlights impairments to growth, learning, and behavior. This approach emphasizes “What’s wrong with youth?” who come from harsh environments. In this talk Dr. Ellis instead takes a strength-based approach and asks: “What’s right with these youth?” Guided by evolutionary-developmental models of biological sensitivity to context and adaptive calibration, he will discuss how youth who develop in harsh environments specialize their stress physiology, social and reproductive development, and cognitive abilities to match high-adversity contexts. He will also argue that we need to understand the coherent, functional biobehavioral changes that occur in response to stress over time to better understand the potential cost of these changes (e.g., stress-related physical and mental illness).

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Bruce Ellis

As an iconoclast in my youth, and someone who was always attracted to big ideas, I developed a strong interest in evolutionary psychology—the idea that Darwin’s great theory could help explain human psychology and behavior.  I knew that I was on to something when I gave my very first classroom presentation on this topic (in an undergraduate Sociology of Sex Roles class at Cal Poly); it caused such a stir that the professor... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Alumni Hall/KTS NAB 1st/2nd Floor, King's College

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