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Tuesday, October 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The MPA 2017 Annual Conference: ON EDGE: Managing Stress in Our Clients, Communities, and Ourselves (7CE) will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, MA. The complete conference brochure is available here.

Sonia Lupien, Ph.D, will provide the keynote address, From Neurotoxicity to Vulnerability: A Developmental Perspective of the Effects of Stress on the Brain. Dr. Lupien will summarize the acute and chronic effects of stress hormones on the brain throughout the lifespan and will present new data from the laboratory measuring stress hormones in all members of a family to assess potential spillover effects of parental stress on children.  Her laboratory is now developing and/or studying the effects of various interventions aiming at decreasing stress hormones levels in children and teenagers in order to prevent the deleterious effects of chronic stress on brain development.  She will summarize these studies and programs in conclusion.

Dr. Lupien is currently a full professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal. She studies the effects of stress across the lifespan and has studied children, young adults and the elderly. She is also very involved in the transfer of scientific knowledge to the Québec public. Dr. Lupien has published a book entitled “For the Love of Stress,” which aims to help the public better understand stress as it has been studied for more than 50 years by researchers from around the world.

C. Vaile Wright, Ph.D., will present the plenary session, APA Stress in America Survey - Coping with Change Before and After the 2016 Presidential Election. Dr. Wright is the Director of Research and Special Projects in the Practice Directorate at the American Psychological Association. She will discuss the results from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress in America™ surveys conducted both before and after the presidential election that found that more than half of Americans reported that the 2016 U.S. presidential election was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, and how social media conversations about politics and culture have had an impact on Americans’ stress.

Pre-registration is available until Thursday, November 2. Walk-ins will be accepted at the event. To register online, visit

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