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Sharon Ramey, PhD
How Social Relationships Help Build (and Rehabilitate) Our Brains [Brain School seminar]
Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Our brains are hard wired to respond to other people. In this seminar, Dr. Sharon Ramey will explore how social relationships not only help build our brains, but may even be used to help rehabilitate brains that have been damaged in some way.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Sharon Ramey, a professor and Distinguished Research Scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, is also a research professor of psychology at Virginia Tech. Before moving to Roanoke, she was most recently the founding director of the Science of Effective Early Childhood Education Program at Georgetown University, where she was also the Susan H. Mayer Professor of Child and Family Studies. Dr. Ramey earned her doctorate and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington.
Dr. Ramey’s research addresses three major areas of human development: (1) the contribution of early experience, starting even prior to conception and extending through the prenatal and early postnatal periods, to later health, social-emotional, and intellectual development (including the fields of behavioral teratology and early intervention research); (2) the development and testing of highly promising treatments for children with disabilities and at-risk conditions; and (3) methods for improving the provision of health, education, and social services and strengthening natural community supports to benefit children and families.