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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative: "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
William Copeland

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the March seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: March 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Chesterfield Building (701 W Main Street), rooms 2608/2609
​Parking: Free parking available in the deck at 704 W Pettigrew St. Please email CHDI for a parking validation sticker. Paid street parking is also available.

Seminar Title: "The Challenge of Childhood Mental Illness: Lessons from the Great Smoky Mountains Study"
Speaker: William E. Copeland, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director, Duke Center for Developmental Epidemiology
Faculty Fellow, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy
Duke University School of Medicine

William E. Copeland, PhD, trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Vermont and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Duke University Medical Center. His research program focuses on the presentation, course, and biological and environmental causes of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. His research goal is to study the pleiomorphic psychopathologic expression of putative risk factors (including promising genetic markers) under varying conditions of adversity across childhood and adolescence.

For the past decade, Dr. Copeland, has been a key member of the research team for the Great Smoky Mountains Study, a longitudinal, population-based community survey of children and adolescents in North Carolina investigating the prevalence of emotional and behavioral disorders and the persistence of those disorders over time. The study has also worked to identify the correlates and predictors of psychiatric and substance abuse problems, including family and environmental risk; physical development including puberty, stress, and stress-related hormones; trauma; the impact of poverty; genetic markers and epigenetics.