Yale psychologist discusses childhood trauma

(02-24-2014)

Dr. Christy Olezeski, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, will discuss "Childhood Trauma: Behavioral and Biological Correlates and What We Can Do to Help" at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 7, in Adams State University's McDaniel Hall 101 (corner of First St. & Richardson). Co-sponsored by the student groups PSI CHI (international honor society in psychology) and SWAG (suicide watch awareness gang), the event is free and open to the public.

Olezeski will describe the types of trauma - physical, sexual, emotional - and review the basic trends in child maltreatment, the problems in reporting maltreatment, and the biological and behavioral correlates of trauma, including long-term health outcomes. She will also discuss a recent study of the interaction between biological mechanisms and maltreatment on behaviors.

Components of several trauma-based treatments will also be reviewed that highlight the current focus of mental health treatment and provide an understanding of how the interplay between systems can be addressed. The lecture will conclude with a description of different prevention methods.