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2023 Adolescent Brain Development Symposium: Adolescent Brain Development & Public Policy

Our second annual Symposium on Adolescent Brain Development in May 2023 brought together researchers, practitioners, and funders to discuss how the science of adolescent brain development can impact public policies that better support the needs of young people.

Science journalist Lydia Denworth moderated a series of conversations about the influence of developmental science on issues related to early childhood, the child welfare system, juvenile justice, and autonomy rights. You can see the conversations and link to more information below.

What Lessons Have We Learned from Early Childhood?

Judy Cameron, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, and Member, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
Phil Fisher, PhD, Director, Stanford Center on Early Childhood

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What are the Unique Developmental Needs of Adolescents?

Focus: Youth who have experienced early adversity

Shimica Gaskins, JD, President and CEO, GRACE/End Child Poverty CA
Dylan Gee, PhD, Associate Professor, Yale University

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How Should We Think About Adolescent Agency & Responsibility?

Focus: Juvenile Justice

Joanna Visser Adjoian, JD, Sr Program Officer, Social Justice, Spring Point Partners
BJ Casey, PhD, Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University

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What are the Rights of Adolescents?

Focus: Autonomy Rights

Julie Maslowsky, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Illinois Chicago
Emily Buss, JD, Professor, University of Chicago, The Law School

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