Dr. Jackson will present her research on the mechanisms for resilience in youth exposed to child maltreatment as well as the findings from two large scale projects on the health trajectories of youth in foster care over time. Research on the nature of trauma and child maltreatment and how exposure to adversity operates to impact adjustment will be presented.
Developmental scientists view attachment theory as one of the most preeminent approaches to understanding social and emotional development. However, in the clinical arena, attachment theory is seldom utilized in research trials and often misunderstood by many practicing clinicians. The Hershey Conference on Attachment and Clinical Practice aims to bring the developmental and clinical science of attachment theory to practicing clinicians in an applicable and accessible manner.