The Pritzker Lecture Series on Integrative Pediatric and Adolescent Health

Adolescent Brain Development: Understanding Unique Opportunities for Early-Intervention & Prevention

Adolescence is a period of increased vulnerability for a wide range of behavioral and emotional health problems—including accidents, suicide, homicide, depression, risk-taking and reckless behaviors, alcohol and substance use, eating disorders and sexually transmitted diseases. These vulnerabilities emerge at the interface of biological, behavioral and social changes during this period of maturation. There is a compelling need to deepen our understanding of how and why adolescence creates these vulnerabilities in ways that can inform early intervention and prevention efforts.

Special thanks to the Pritzker Family Fund for supporting this series.

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