The Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Programs

November 5, 2014

–Live Webcast, Wednesday, November 5th from 1-2pm ET–

The Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture is an annual event that honors Kristin Moore, Ph.D., Child Trends’ senior scholar and past president, for her contributions to Child Trends and to the larger child and youth field.

Who:  Kristin Moore will moderate a discussion, following:

  • A presentation by Jane Roskams, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, where she is a professor in the Brain Research Centre and directs the lab of neural regeneration and brain repair. In 2015, she will be joining the Allen Institute for Brain Science as its executive director.
  • A response by Daniel Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest drop-out prevention program.
  • A response by Dianna Walters from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, which works to ensure youth make a successful transition from foster care to adulthood.

What:   A discussion and live webcast. The main speaker and respondents will address:

  • how the brain grows and learns;
  • how the brain responds to trauma, and how this response differs in children and adults;
  • how the environment, experience, and genetics impact the brain’s response to challenges and learning; and
  • how programs can apply this new research to help children and youth.

When:  1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Where:  Online at You can also join the conversation on Twitter using #braininsights.

Why:  Scientist have made rapid gains in their understanding of the brain–our body’s most complex organ. We know more about the brain than ever before, providing new opportunities to apply this knowledge in programs serving children and youth.


About Child Trends:  Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Its mission is to improve the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers. Child Trends has more than 120 employees and annual revenue of about $14 million.