This symposium attempts a more balanced approach to the "nature-nurture" controversy. HOW a child is raised may be able to ameliorate genetic vulnerabilities, or exacerbate them. Individuals who do develop disorders as a result of genetic vulnerabilities, may still be able to receive psychotherapeutic treatment which helps ameliorate their symptoms.
Three of the speakers (Champagne, Suomi and Davidson) have been selected) because they are prominent basic researchers who have published extensively on the subject of the interface between genes and environment with respect to emotion, behavior and physiology; and have already worked together studying this subject, both in animals and humans. The fourth speaker (Gabbard) is a prominent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who has studied the mind-brain/gene-environment interaction in humans, particularly with respect to the severe psychiatric condition known as Borderline Personality Disorder.
Regina Pally, M.D. (310-820-2700; email@example.com)
APsaA member and Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA; faculty, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute
Frances A. Champagne, (514-761-6131, ext. 4134; firstname.lastname@example.org)
CIHR Doctoral fellow, Douglas Hospital research center, Neurological Sciences Program, McGill University
"Good verses bad maternal care: How mothering can influence gene expression".
Champagne will discuss "behavioral transmission" verses "genetic transmission" of traits in rats. In particular, she will focus on how differen
Contact: Dottie Jeffries
American Psychoanalytic Association