Public Education Speaker Series: The Impact of Toxic Stress on Developing Children

Thursday, February 25, 2016
9:30am to 11:30am EST
Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street NW
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This is the first event in WRAG's 2016 public education speaker series

More than half of the children in Washington, DC, experience an adverse childhood experience (ACE), such as the sudden absence of a caregiver or abusive behavior within the household. These experiences have a highly negative effect, called toxic stress, upon the development of young children. This damage can persist across the lifespan. ACEs are particularly devastating during a child’s first five years, but most communities have few coordinated resources to help families buffer the effects of stress and thereby alter the tragic and costly life trajectories that often await children whose sense of security and well-being has been harmed at an early age.

Join us to learn from Dr. Matthew Biel, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, about the evidence connecting early exposure to adverse experiences with long-term physical and mental health problems and learning difficulties, and promising interventions that might buffer the impact of toxic stress upon young children and their families.

About the Speaker

Matthew Biel, M.D., M.Sc., is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Biel has clinical interests in child development, trauma and resilience, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and psychiatric care of children with medical illnesses. He is involved in research and has published numerous articles and book chapters addressing access to mental health care for underserved populations, trauma and resilience, and family factors in mood and anxiety disorders. He is very active in medical student and psychiatric residency training and is the Training Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown. Dr. Biel studied History and Spanish at Amherst College before receiving his M.D. and M.Sc. in Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed residency and fellowship training in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.


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Non-Member Education Funders: $50. Please email Rebekah Seder, seder(at) to confirm eligibility and register.