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Neuroscience-Informed Treatment Interventions for Youth with Posttraumatic Symptoms


Victor G. Carrion, MD

Sponsored by the Ewald W. Busse Lectureship Dr. Victor G. Carrion is the John A. Turner, M.D. Professor and Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Early Life Stress and Resilience Program. He is faculty at both Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. His multidisciplinary research on the behavioral, academic, emotional, and biological late effects of experiencing trauma has led to the development and implementation of effective new interventions for treating children who experience traumatic stress. Using Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an anchor, he is investigating, through longitudinal studies, the effects of stress on developmental physiology and brain development and function. Dr. Carrion has authored and developed the multi-modal intervention therapist guide, Cue-Centered Therapy for Youth Experiencing Posttraumatic Symptoms. Cue-Centered Therapy (CCT) is a psychosocial treatment approach for children & adolescents exposed to chronic traumatic experiences. He authored Neuroscience of Pediatric PTSD examining the advances in the neuroscience of executive function, memory, emotional processing and associated features such as dissociation, self-injurious behaviors, and sleep regulation. Dr. Carrion has published numerous peer-reviewed articles addressing the social, biological, and policy implications of violence and trauma in the lives of children. He has worked as an associate editor for the Journal of Traumatic Stress and has served as a reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Review Board of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Medical Research Service. He has been widely published in leading journals of the field such as Biological Psychiatry, Depression and Anxiety, Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Carrion edited two published works which serve as tools for clinicians that work with children, adolescents and transitional age youth who have experienced traumatic stress. Dr. Carrion is a Co-Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco. In 2011, he was appointed by Vice President Kamala Harris, then California Attorney General to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission of California, where he served as chair. Dr. Carrion has been the recipient of many awards for his outstanding work. Link to join:


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