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NEW The Second FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference:

Four Dimensions of Childhood:
Brain, Mind, Culture, and Time

February 11-13, 2005
at University of California, Los Angeles

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Presented by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research (FPR) and UCLA Graduate Division

Sponsored by UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in cooperation with the FPR and UCLA

The purpose of this 3-day conference is to explore the interaction of social experiences and neurobiology during childhood and their mutual influence on resilience and mental well-being or vulnerability to psychopathology.

Specifically, we will look at early neural development, including sensory and behavioral plasticity as well as epigenetic regulation of behavior in animal studies; the social construction of early childhood; the more complex experiences encountered in later childhood, including initiation rites, affiliative behavior, and competitive interactions; the clinical implications of early adverse experiences such as child maltreatment; and finally ethnopsychological and biocultural models for the study of resiliency.

The conference will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognized researchers and scholars representing the fields of anthropology, neuroethology, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry.

What makes this conference unique is the opportunity for participants to seriously engage each other's work through paper presentations, clinical and ethnographic case studies and roundtable discussions in order to present a many-faceted view of how childhood unfolds in time and space.


This conference is designed to break down barriers that traditionally cordon off academic disciplines and to challenge the notion that any single approach is sufficient to understanding complex human experiences. To this end, the conference will include two poster sessions featuring cutting edge work on all aspects of child development--from unitary as well as combined perspectives. We encourage researchers and scholars at all levels and from all disciplines to submit abstracts for presentation and inclusion in the abstracts booklet.

The deadline for poster abstract submission is November 15, 2004.


Mark Barad, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brain Research and Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), UCLA
Douglas W. Hollan, PhD, Chair, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Robert B. Lemelson, PhD, President, FPR; Lecturer, Departments of Anthropology and Psychology, UCLA
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Professor, Departments of Medicine, Physiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women's Health; Chair, Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, UCLA
Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, PhD, Vice Chancellor of Graduate Studies, Dean of Graduate Division, UCLA
Robert S. Pynoos, MD, MPH, Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences (NPI); Co- Director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, UCLA
Thomas S. Weisner, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavior Sciences, Center for Culture and Health (NPI) , Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Peter C. Whybrow, MD, Executive Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), UCLA


Each day's sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. Days 1 and 2 will conclude at 6:00 p.m. Day 3 will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

On DAY 1, we will look at pre- and post-natal development and the formation of social behaviors during infancy from combined neurobiological, ethological, psychological, clinical, and anthropological perspectives.
On DAY 2, we will explore the social construction of childhood, including negative or stressful experiences such as neglect, maltreatment, bullying, initiation rites, and social suffering.
On DAY 3, we will explore some possible implications of early social experiences with respect to both psychopathological and normative outcomes.


Seating is limited.

Early registration: June 15 to October 31, 2004
Registration: November 1, 2004, to January 11, 2005

Please check back for further information on registration


Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME)
This is an activity offered by the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, a CMA-accredited provider. Physicians and Psychologists attending this course may report up to 20 hours of Category I credits toward the California Medical Association's Certification in Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award. Each Physician or Psychologist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent on the educational activity.


All speakers are confirmed.

To Be Named

Eileen Anderson-Fye, EdD, Postdoctoral Fellow, FPR-UCLA Culture, Brain, and Development
Jean Briggs, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Gilbert Herdt, PhD, Director, Human Sexuality Studies Program, San Francisco State University
Barry S. Hewlett, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University (Vancouver)
Laurence Kirmayer, MD, James McGill University Professor and Director, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry; Culture & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital
Mel Konner, MD, PhD, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology, Emory University
Jill E. Korbin, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University
Robert B. Lemelson, PhD, President, FPR; Lecturer, Departments of Anthropology and Psychology, UCLA
Robert LeVine, PhD, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Naomi Quinn, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Thomas Weisner, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Center for Culture and Health (NPI), Department of Anthropology, UCLA
Carol Worthman, PhD, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology; Director, Laboratory of Comparative Human Biology, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

Darlene Francis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Takao K. Hensch, PhD, Laboratory Head, Neuronal Circuit Development, Brain Science Institute (RIKEN), Japan
Kim Huhman, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University
Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University
Sergio Pellis, PhD, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge
Paul Plotsky, PhD, Director, Stress Neurobiology Laboratory, Emory University
Stephen Suomi, PhD, Chief, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, NICHD
Allan Tobin, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Physiological Science, and Neurology, UCLA; Scientific Director Emeritus, Hereditary Disease Foundation

Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, Director, Child Trauma Research Project, San Francisco General Hospital
Daniel S. Schechter, MD, Developmental Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Nathan Fox, PhD, Director, Child Development Lab, University of Maryland
Jaana Juvonen, PhD, Area Chair, Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, UCLA
Paul Okami, PhD, Lecturer, Departments of Psychology and Communication Studies, UCLA

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