2018 Speaker Series – The Child in the City
Dr. Jean Clinton
The Child in the City
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Dr. Jean Clinton spoke on the impact of cities on children’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. Her talk was on the evening of the first day of the 7th Annual Roots of Empathy Research Symposium. The two day symposium, May 9 and 10, addressed the neuroscience of stress and childhood, the primacy of the attachment relationship in childhood development and learning, and the impact of adversity in childhood.
Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is a senior scientist at the INCH (INfant and Child Health) Lab at McMaster University. In addition she is a Zero-to-Three Fellow and a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare and primary care for almost 30 years. Dr Clinton was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education.
Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role of relationships and connectedness. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.