Adolescent Brain Development

Adolescent Brain Development

Lisa Wright, Stan Kutcher
ISBN: 9781615046423 | PDF ISBN: 9781615046430
Copyright © 2016 | 112 Pages | Publication Date: April, 2016

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This book is the foundation of unlocking one of the greatest mysteries mankind has faced throughout history...the teen brain. The teen brain is fundamentally different from the brain of an adult or of a child, so this book provides a starting point for understanding how young people think and act. It summarizes the differences succinctly by capturing the most relevant and current research findings on adolescent brain and behavior development and putting them into the context of our current society and its demands; so we can better understand our teens' and their thinking! Adolescent Brain Development also provides insight into ongoing changes in health and education policies that reflect a better understanding of adolescent brain development.

Adolescent Brain Development is for a broad audience and assumes at least some background knowledge in biology, neuroscience, or psychology. It is a valuable resource for educators in designing engaging and appropriate lesson material for teens, as well as for understanding developmental behavior changes in teens. There are important practical applications within for health care personnel, particularly in the mental health field as well as for policy makers who want to make informed decisions in health and education policies. Researchers and students will benefit greatly from this broad overview which includes extensive examples from both authors' experience. Parents and their teenagers will also find this book an excellent resource for why these changes happen.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Adolescent Brain Development
Adolescent Behavior
Adolescent Social Dynamics
Links to Underlying Brain Development
Putting it All in Context
References
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Lisa Wright, Dalhousie University
Dr. Lisa Wright, Ph.D., is a neuroscience researcher, author, instructor, business owner, and a mother of two. She obtained her Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience in 2011 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Both her master's and doctoral research work was funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Her doctoral thesis work, supervised by Dr. Tara Perrot, involved investigating the effects of adolescent stressor exposure on development of the brain, the endocrine system, and behavior, using a rat model. She then went on to study endocrine and behavioral profiles of humans in various circumstances, such as following sleep deprivation or in adolescent girls who have been diagnosed with conduct disorder. She has also taught a number of courses at Dalhousie University and Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Wright's business, Fit Brain Training (www.fitbrain.ca), is co-owned and operated with her longtime mentor, Dr. Perrot. Dr. Wright and Dr. Perrot have a previous contribution to this series, entitled "Stress and the Developing Brain." Dr. Wright's daughters are 4 years old (Charlotte) and 1 year old (Paladina).

Stan Kutcher, Dalhousie University
Dr. Stan Kutcher, ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training. Dr. Kutcher is an internationally renowned expert in adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. He has previously served as Department Head of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for International Health at Dalhousie University. Dr. Kutcher has received numerous awards and honors locally, nationally, and internationally for his work including: the Order of Nova Scotia; Excellence in Education Award (CACAP); a Best Doctor in Canada; Doctors Nova Scotia Health Promotion Award; Dr. John Savage Memorial Award for outstanding humanitarian contributions to global health; Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Gold Medal; Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, and the Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education, Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has been honored by the Canadian Psychiatric Association with the JM Cleghorn Award for his contribution to mental health research and the Paul Patterson Award for his innovations in psychiatric education. He is and has been a member of numerous boards and national organizations including the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions of the CIHR; Interhealth Canada; Mental Health Commission of Canada (CYAC committee); the Canadian Society for International Health; the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research; and The Sandbox Project. He is the recipient of over 100 research grants and awards, author of more than 300 scientific papers, and the author/co-author of numerous medical textbooks. Locally, he contributes to the work of Laing House, Immigrant Services and Integration Services, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Internationally he has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada: Evergreen. Currently, his focus is on knowledge translation pertaining to improving mental health literacy and mental health care in schools and primary care as well as the development, application, and evaluation of electronic youth mental health engagement, self-care and personal health record. He continues his innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada, and globally (including China, South America, Latin America, and Africa).

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