Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris is a pioneer in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. A survey of more than 17,000 adult patients’ adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as divorce, substance abuse or neglect, proved that the higher a person’s ACE score, the worse his or her health. This led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough: Childhood stress changes our neural systems and lasts a lifetime.
As the founder/CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, Burke Harris has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach to audiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, Google Zeitgeist and Dreamforce. Her TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime,” has been viewed more than 3 million times. Come for a fascinating discussion on how addressing past childhood trauma can result in a better adulthood.