Meet the Scientist - September 2014

Meet the Scientist Webinar SeriesPlease join us by phone or on the web for our Meet the Scientist Webinar Series! Hear leading mental health researchers present the latest in new technologies, diagnostic tools, early intervention strategies and next-generation therapies for mental illness.


Webinar Details:

Topic: “Early-Life Stress: Long-Lasting Impact on Brain Circuitry and Behavior”
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern

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B.J. Casey, Ph.D.
Director and Sackler Professor of Developmental Psychobiology
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Casey has been a pioneer in novel uses of brain imaging to understand childhood disorders, using imaging to develop fundamental models of typical and atypical brain development. Her research focuses on the development of the brain circuitry involved in learning and behavior regulation and how disruptions in these brain systems can give rise to a number of disorders in children. She is identifying genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the risk for disorders developing in childhood and learning how these factors can vary over the course of development. Her recent discoveries of the biological factors related to vulnerability and resilience to mental illness during the early postnatal and adolescence periods—sensitive windows of development—have important implications for the timing and development of new interventions and treatments.

Dr. Casey joined Weill Cornell Medical College in 1999, after teaching as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh for five years.



Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., Acting President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research FoundationJeffrey Borenstein, M.D., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in 2012 as Chief Medical Officer and was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. Dr. Borenstein has more than two decades of experience in health and non-profit leadership. He is former CEO/Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital, where he served from 1996 to 2012. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Host of the award-winning series, “Healthy Minds,” which is broadcast on public television stations across the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

An active contributor to the psychiatric field  for more than three decades, Dr. Borenstein currently chairs the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Services Council of NY State, and the Section on Psychiatry, NY Academy of Medicine, where he is a Fellow. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award. 

Dr. Borenstein is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine.


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