Adverse Childhood Experiences, Communication, and Health Event as iCalendar

21 March 2016

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Building 721, Room 201, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact info: Anna Miles

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Speech Science Research Seminar Series

Speaker: Linda Cameron, Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland and University of California


Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) strongly predict the incidence of multiple chronic illnesses and psychological disorders, high-risk behaviors, poor quality of life, and mortality. Emotion regulation skills represent likely pathways from childhood adversity to these harmful outcomes; given their malleability, they could be useful targets for intervention. In this talk, I will present recent evidence regarding the mediating roles of these emotion regulation tendencies in the relationships between adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes as well as evidence that emotion regulation interventions can improve resilience and quality of life in adults with high ACE levels. The talk will conclude with a discussion of potential implications for clinician-client communications, screenin, and treatment as well as future research directions in ACE and speech/language dysfunction.  


Linda Cameron is Professor of Psychology at The University of Auckland and University of California, Merced. Her research focuses on developing health communications and psychosocial interventions for individuals who have or are at risk for illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Guided by self-regulation theory, this research is designed to evaluate the cognitive, emotional and social processes influencing health behaviours and illness experiences. Her professional activities have included service as President of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine and Associate Editor for Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, British Journal of Health Psychology, and Health Psychology Review. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the U.S. Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is also a member of the Cognitive, Affective, and Social Processes in Health Research Group (CASPHR), an initiative of the NIH National Cancer Institute to promote social and health psychology research on cancer prevention and control.

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