Meet the Scientist - May 2016

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Dr. Leckman will briefly review the importance of early child development in setting the stage for an individual’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. After discussing a few key concepts including resilience, he will focus on the substantial body of data concerning the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences on the development of the brain. This is followed by a review of the promise of early parent-child interventions. He will focus particularly on their potential to improve the child’s cognitive and socio-emotional skills as well as to reduce violence in families and communities for generations to come in a highly cost-effective manner. He will end the presentation by highlighting the promise of various efforts underway internationally.

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James F. Leckman, M.D.

James F. Leckman, M.D.

Foundation Scientific Council Member
NARSAD Grantee, 1993
2007 Recipient of the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research
Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Leckman is a well-known patient-oriented neuroscientist and clinician with special skills in the evaluation and treatment of Tourette’s syndrome (TS) and pediatric onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). His research includes studies that focus on neuropsychological performance and clinical outcomes, genetics, environmental factors, neurobiology, and the evaluation of novel therapeutic interventions. He and his colleagues have completed several influential meta-analyses of the scientific literature concerning current interventions for TS and OCD.

Dr. Leckman has been at Yale since 1976. While he was Director of Research at the Child Study Center from 1983 to 2010, the center emerged as one of the leading sites for child psychiatric research in the United States.


Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.

President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., joined the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in 2012 as Chief Medical Officer and was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. Dr. Borenstein has more than two decades of experience in health and non-profit leadership. He is former CEO/Medical Director of Holliswood Hospital, where he served from 1996 to 2012. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and the Host of the award-winning series, “Healthy Minds,” which is broadcast on public television stations across the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

An active contributor to the psychiatric field  for more than three decades, Dr. Borenstein currently chairs the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Services Council of NY State, and the Section on Psychiatry, NY Academy of Medicine, where he is a Fellow. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award.

Dr. Borenstein is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine.

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