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Dr. James Blair to speak at Neurobiology Symposium

​Social and Emotional Development and Risk: The Role of Neurobiology” featuring Dr. James Blair and Southwestern University alumni, Dr. Laura Thornton ’09 and Rachel Thibodeau ’13


When: Wednesday, April 5, at 3 p.m.
Where: F.W. Olin Building, room 105
Sponsors: The event is co-sponsored by Psi Chi and Active Minds and will be free and open to the public.
Dr. James Blair is the leading theorist on the neurodevelopment of psychopathy. The Center for Neurobehavioral Research is a unique collaboration between Boys Town Youth Care Services and Boys Town National Research Hospital. The research center, under the direction of Dr. Blair, aims to study and improve methods for intervening early in the lives of children with behavioral and mental health problems.
Dr. Blair will present at the symposium and highlight current scientific and theoretical advancements in the field of developmental neuroscience including the following topics:
  • Early interventions for at-risk children
  • The role of trauma in the development of antisocial behavior
  • Using behavioral neuroscience to further understanding of antisocial behavior and callous-unemotional traits
Along with the presentation by Dr. Blair, Southwestern University Alumni Dr. Laura Thornton and Rachel Thibodeau will participate in the lecture. Dr. Thornton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Neurobehavioral Research. Thibodeau is a graduate student in the department of psychology at The University of Alabama working under the mentorship of Dr. Ansley Gilpin.
Southwestern University
Southwestern is a selective, nationally recognized undergraduate liberal arts and sciences university located in Georgetown, Texas. Established in 1840, it is the first institution of higher learning in Texas. Southwestern’s residential campus offers a true liberal arts education with small classes and numerous collaborative undergraduate research opportunities. Its academic offerings include Paideia, an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to study, and close faculty-student collaboration. Students volunteer in the community at more than twice the national average and our scholar-athletes compete on one of 20 NCAA Division III varsity teams. For more information, visit www.southwestern.edu.