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Episode 107: “Trauma-Informed Teaching and the Brain” with Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

In this episode, Ricky and Dr. Bruce Perry discuss how a young person’s brain can react neurologically, physiologically, and psychologically to trauma and how support and encouragement from educators can have an enduring, life-long impact on students.  

Dr. Bruce Perry is principal of the Neurosequential Network(opens in a new window)(opens in a new window)and a professor (adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria  Australia. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician, and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author of several books including his most recent, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing(opens in a new window) (2021), co-authored with Oprah Winfrey.  

Related Resources 

What Happened to You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing – Bruce Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey (opens in a new window) 

The Neurosequential Network ( &  

Prevent Child Abuse America(opens in a new window)  

Center for Healing & Justice through Sport(opens in a new window)  

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