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The Center for Family Resilience’s 8th annual Chautauqua is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Biobehavioral Markers in Risk and Resilience Research

Friday, February 3, 2107
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oklahoma State University - Tulsa Campus, North Hall, Tulsa, OK

This year’s theme, Biobehavioral Markers in Risk and Resilience Research, refers to indicators of the inter-relations among behavioral, psychosocial, and biological processes. These might be identified by administering behavioral and neurobehavioral tasks, using multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging, assessing cardiovascular reactivity, or testing body fluid products such as blood, saliva, and urine. In regard to Risk and Resilience Research,biobehavioral markers can be used to help researchers (and practitioners) identify specific brain regions, brain circuits, chemical imbalances, or patterns of neural activation associated with particular individual or family risks, the buffering of those risks, and/or the overcoming of those risks.

Historically, a Chautauqua was an educational gathering held on the prairies of the U.S. heartland during the turn of the century. The annual all-day OSU Chautauqua retains this spirit by gathering researchers, service providers, and policy makers around a series of research presentations centered on a common theme. The ultimate goal of the Chautauqua conference is to foster a translational approach within the study of resilience, such that practical applications for family health and well-being can be developed from basic resilience research.

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2017 Invited Speakers:

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Byrd-Craven’s research interest is the impact of social dynamics on the activity of the stress response systems. Her current research projects examine the influence of same-sex peer interactions on stress and immune system reactivity.

Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Cleveland’s interests center around trying to understand how individuals’ characteristics affect how they are impacted by experiences, such as how genetics can change the impact of peers on behaviors, and how these characteristics affect the ways in which adolescents and young adults negotiate challenging experiences. His current research project examines whether and how the impacts of substance use interventions and family and peer experiences vary across adolescents based on their genetics. For example, do dopamine-related genes change the impact of interventions on adolescent substance use trajectories.

Visiting Fellow, Cornell University

Dr. Ganzel studies how lifespan developmental timing influences the neural embedding of stress/trauma -- and how this in turn impacts health and wellbeing. She has used the tools of neuroimaging, genetics, and behavioral assessment to gain a better understanding of the observed heterogeneity in stress outcomes across the lifespan, including stress-related alterations in mental health (anxiety, depression) and health-related behaviors (risky decision-making, emotion regulation).

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Hardy’s research interests focus on change processes in couple therapy, relationship education delivery and curricula, the longitudinal course of healthy marriage, and the intersection between relationship processes and diabetes self-management.

Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Gardner is interested in how family-of-origin experiences and relationships influence romantic relationship processes and outcomes; the physiology of marital interaction, and the proximal and distal health effects of such physiology; and the study of relationship dyads as dynamic, self-organizing systems.

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Dr. Hatfield is interested in physiological and biological indicators of stress and emotion regulation in early childhood, influences of classroom quality, and the teacher-child relationship. Her research investigates the elements of responsive, engaging, and effective adult-child interactions. Within these types of interactions, her research aims to identify ways in which to support child behaviors, emotional expression, and stress and frustration coping.

Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Dr. Kim studies how early experience in family influences the development of a child's brain that involves in emotion regulation from infancy to middle childhood. She also investigates how exposure to stress influences parental brain and emotional bond to their children. She uses multidisciplinary and converging-methods approach methods, including neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI), observational, and behavioral methods.

Associate Professor, University of California – Los Angeles

Dr. Robles’ research involves understanding how stress and social relationships influence health, with a focus on allostatic biological processes, which help individuals achieve physiological stability during stressful events; and restorative biological processes, which aid the individual in recovering after stressful events. Allostatic processes that Dr. Robles studies include the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, autonomic and cardiovascular responses, and immune and inflammatory responses. Dr. Robles studies these biological processes in the context of stress, social support, and close intimate relationships across the life course, using both experimental and non-experimental designs.

Laureate Institute for Brain Research & Associate Professor, University of Tulsa

Dr. Simmons’ research is examining the functional organization of the insular cortex, with particular attention to the insula’s role in monitoring of the physiological state of the body, otherwise known as interoception. The goal is to elucidate how the body’s homeostatic state influences food reward representation and food-related decision making, both normatively and in psychiatric illness.

Emeritus Professor, The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Susman’s research explores on how neuroendocrine changes are related to changes in emotions and antisocial behavior during reproductive transitions, currently focusing on puberty, circadian variations in adrenal androgens and sex steroids, and antisocial behavior and leptin in late childhood and early adolescence.

Assistant Dean of Research, University of Oklahoma - School of Community Medicine

Dr. Teague's research focuses on the development and activation of cells that regulate immune responses. His research is expanding the understanding of how T cells develop from precursor cells into mature functional cells and how these processes can be influenced by inflammation and aging. The long term goal of his research is to be able to manipulate T cells for treatment of patients suffering from cancer and immune cell-related diseases.

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Questions may be directed to Dr. Brandt Gardner or Dr. Amanda Harrist.  We hope to see you there!