Registration for BLESS Research Seminar Series
Topic: Parsing Pathways to Health Disparities : A Mixed-method, Multi-domain Approach.

Date: 11 October 2021 (Monday)
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (1 hours)
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Language: English
Inquiry: 2948 6126 (Mr. Lionel Ngan)
Deadline for enrolment: 8 October 2021 (Friday)

Speaker: Prof Meanne Chan from the Wofoo Joseph Lee Consulting and Counselling Psychology Research Centre, Lingnan University

Description of the seminar:

How does adversity get under the skin of the developing child?
How does this stress become embedded psychologically and biologically, to instantiate risk for a heterogeneous set of health problems across the lifespan?
How can we integrate epidemiological and mechanistic findings to optimize interventions and build resilience?

This program of research aims to characterize biobehavioral pathways to health disparities in childhood and beyond. A mixed-methods approach is used to examine how social factors at the neighborhood, family, and individual level interact to confer risk for psychopathology and chronic health conditions. In particular, to better understand how exposure to chronic stress provokes vulnerability to conditions that manifest in different life stages, dysregulation across the domains of social-cognition, emotion processing, health behaviors, cardiovascular reactivity, and immune function are investigated together with the biological state of the developing brain. Findings suggest that adversity during sensitive stages of development sensitizes threat vigilance and response systems as well as immune cells that trigger inflammation, enables high-risk health behaviors, and interacts with genetic predispositions to forecast neuroanatomical structure in frontolimbic regions. However, mobilization of social capital via mentorship programs or community engagement may buffer against vulnerable trajectories in disadvantaged adolescents. Implications for early interventions that may mitigate childhood adversity will be discussed.

Organized by Bioanalytical Laboratory for Educational Sciences (BLESS)
of Integrated Centre for Wellbeing (I-WELL)

Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining the research seminar series.

Remark:
• An email with Zoom link and password will be sent to you on 8 October 2021 (Friday)


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