Episode 13: Balancing Tolerance with Impatience: A Conversation with Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

The Most Important Medicine: Responding to Trauma and Creating Resilience in Primary Care

Episode 13: Balancing Tolerance with Impatience: A Conversation with Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

October 19, 2022

Episode 13: Balancing Tolerance with Impatience: A Conversation with Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

Friends – join me for a discussion with Dr.  Bruce Perry where we talk about all-things trauma, relationships, meaningful medicine, how to begin tough conversations and the importance of this work.

Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma  Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the  Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago 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, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As  A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why  Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry’s most recent book, What Happened to You?  Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released  in 2021. 

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research  has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of  human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic  mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical  research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive,  behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children,  adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences,  including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of  the child. 

His clinical research over the last twenty years has been focused on integrating emerging principles  of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of  innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most  prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed  approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).

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