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This presentation is the first in a series of Grand Rounds on the early years of child development and will lay a foundation for future presentations by guiding public health practitioners through an evidence-based overview of Early Child Development as the most intensive period of brain development during the lifespan. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest information on brain development and the crucial role relationships and early childhood experiences play in long-term health and wellbeing. While the health care system and health providers have pivotal roles to play as a) points of early contact with a child and b) gateways to other early childhood services, public health practitioners have a critical role in supporting young families.
Presenter: Dr. Jean Clinton
Dr. Jean Clinton is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital and an associate in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster. She is also an associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She is an associate member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies and has been a consultant to child welfare and children’s mental health programs for 25 years. Currently, she is a consultant with the telepsychiatry team at SickKids in Toronto.
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