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Romania's Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Speaker - Charles A. Nelson III, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics & Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, HMS

Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Nelson will talk on the subject of his book.  Following the lecture there will be a book signing and reception in the Lahey Room, 5th floor



“The implications of early experience for children's brain development, behavior, and psychological functioning have long absorbed caregivers, researchers, and clinicians. The 1989 fall of Romania's Ceausescu regime left approximately 170,000 children in 700 overcrowded, impoverished institutions across Romania, and prompted the most comprehensive study to date on the effects of institutionalization on children's well-being. Romania's Abandoned Children, the authoritative account of this landmark study, documents the devastating toll paid by children who are deprived of responsive care, social interaction, stimulation, and psychological comfort”.