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Bismarck native returns to share expertise about early childhood brain development

September 20, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Human Services announced that Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a widely published expert in early childhood brain development, will be the featured speaker at the 2002 Early Childhood Services Regulatory Conference set for September 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center, State Capitol Grounds. The 1973 graduate of Bismarck High School is presenting information about the impact of experience on the developing child and the power of early intervention.

"Dr. Perry's visit creates a unique opportunity to learn how we can support and strengthen families and enhance children's early experiences in North Dakota," said Carol K. Olson, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Perry is coming to Bismarck to share his expertise. Understanding how children develop is crucial to assuring that early childhood education, care giving practices, and public policy affecting young children are appropriate and optimal," said conference organizer Corinne Bennett who administers early childhood services for the state agency.

Perry, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, earned a medical degree and doctorate degree in pharmacology from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director for Children's Mental Health Services for the Alberta Mental Health Board, as well as the Senior Fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas. Previously Perry was Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital and the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine.

Perry serves on a number of advisory boards in the United States and Canada. He has testified before the United States Senate, was the keynote speaker at the White House Summit on Youth Violence in 1999, and has presented to the National Governor's Association on brain development and early childhood initiatives. His research is widely published, and he is well respected by peers in the medical and scientific communities.

Over 250 individuals interested in early childhood services are expected to attend Perry's presentation at the conference. The conference is free, but attendance is limited.


Jana Rubenstein, Director, ChildTrauma Academy, (281) 932-1375
Heather Steffl, Public Information Officer, (701) 328-4933


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