Speakers Bruce McEwen, BJ Casey, Mary Jeanne Kreek
Speakers Bruce McEwen, BJ Casey, Mary Jeanne Kreek


On April 10, 2014, the Parents & Science initiative welcomed over 250 guests to The Rockefeller University for the final installment of their 2014 lecture series. P&S was delighted to host BJ Casey, a developmental psychobiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College, for a talk entitled “The Challenges of Adolescence: Balancing Risk, Novelty, and Self-Control”. Following her presentation, Dr. Casey was joined by two Rockefeller professors whose research provides compelling insights into the adolescent brain—Bruce McEwen and Mary Jeanne Kreek—for a panel discussion and question and answer session with the audience. The program examined the neurological underpinnings of stress, addiction, and other matters of particular interest to parents of teenagers, through the lens of these three leading scientists’ research. Rockefeller President Marc Tessier-Lavigne hosted the evening and moderated the informative panel.

Richard Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Parents & Science
Faculty Advisor

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Parents & Science Leadership


Daniella Lipper Coules
Talbott Simonds

Steering Committee

Rebecca Anikstein
John Bernstein
Charles W. Caulkins
Karen de Saint Phalle
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Kathy Heinzelman
Tania Neild, Ph.D.
Ilona Nemeth
Marean Pompidou
Courtney Smith Rae
Loli Echavarria Roosevelt
Kimberly Kravis Schulhof
Roxy Zajac

Scientific Advisory Council

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Myron Hofer, M.D.
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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