Resilience to Adversity and the Early Origins of Disease

March 29, 2016 (Noon–1 p.m.)


Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB), Division of Extramural Research (DER), NICHD


6100 Executive Boulevard, 4B01 Conference Room, Bethesda, Maryland


Gene Brody, Ph.D. External Web Site Policy, Director and Regents Professor of the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia, will discuss research on social and biological factors that determine health and well-being among African American youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr. Brody will review recent research that describes how poverty, neighborhood dynamics, downward mobility, and racial discrimination—characteristics of life in many low socioeconomic and rural environments—forecast aging at the cellular level in African American youths. He also will illustrate how supportive families and prevention programs help to dissolve these risks.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Brody, who is a developmental psychologist and prevention scientist, has conducted research to understand the developmental trajectories of African American children, youth, and young adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds. His studies identified risk and protective factors, and these protective factors have been translated into family-centered prevention programs that are being used in communities throughout the United States.

This presentation is part of the Advances in Child Development and Behavior Research Speaker Series, supported by the CDBB.

If you require a sign language interpreter and/or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Laureen Lee.


Laureen Lee, CDBB, DER, NICHD
Tel: (301) 496–5578

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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