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  • Thu

    Colloquium Series: Prof. Maria Galano

    4:45 pmPreston Theatre

    Dr. Maria Galano, University of Massachusetts–Amherst

    Investigating Childhood PTSD: Disparities, Developmental Trajectories, and Intervention

    Exposure to traumatic stress is associated with wide-ranging negative outcomes, including increased risk for the development of psychopathology throughout the lifespan. Using a cultural developmental psychopathology lens, I am interested in understanding how the family and social context affect individual pathways to risk and resilience following traumatic stress exposure. A primary aim of this program is to uncover the mechanisms by which early-life violence affects long-term well-being, which I then aim to translate into more refined intervention delivery for trauma-exposed populations. My recent work has centered on the presentation, development, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children exposed to chronic violence early in life, with a specific focus on the timing and severity of trauma exposure, as well as on disparities in PTSD outcomes. In this talk, I will discuss the results and future directions of this research.

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