Center on Children & Families Neuroscience Events

Seeds of Violence:

Seeds of Violence: Toxic Stress& the Developing Brain Conference

Developing a Trauma Responsive Community


(Open To the Public)

November 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, FL

Neuroscience teaches us how critical environment is in shaping young brains. These influences affect who we are and what we become. Influences that are toxic weaken the architecture of the developing brain, which lead to lifelong problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.

How can we harness this knowledge to positively impact children who are exposed to toxic stress?

Come join members of our local community for a day of learning and planning toward a pathway that creates and integrates systems of trauma-informed responses for at-risk youth. Everyone is welcome; children & family professionals, academics, educators, policy makers, law enforcement, business owners, or anyone with an interest in the future of our children and our community.

Speakers will include BJ Casey, Ph.D., Psychobiologist from the Sackler Institute at Cornell University in NY, Robin Saenger, Founding Director, Peace4Tarpon, and Dan Goldowitz, Ph.D., Psychobiologist from Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. Participants will also enjoy feedback from several ongoing idea groups and poster presentations.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. BJ Casey – Cornell University
Dr. Dan Goldowitz – University of British Columbia
Robin Saenger – Peace4Tarpon

This event is open to the public.
Registration Here

Conference Program

Tentative Agenda


Location – Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
The Hilton has ample parking and a permit is not required. For maps and directions see hotel website above.

Continuing Education

Due to the number of disciplines invited to this conference we are not able to provide CE’s. We will however provide attendees with a certificate of attendance.

Event Sponsors

Center on Children & Families at the College of Law
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (The Source Program)


Contact Information

Debbie Kelley – Event Coordinator    email:  phone: (352)494-3016
Teresa Drake – Faculty Coordinator  email:

April 11, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

Join renowned neurodevelopmental psychologist Daniel Goldowitz, Ph.D., from Vancouver, B.C., for a discussion of current, cutting-edge research on toxic stress and its effect on the developing brains of young children.
This event is by invitation only (space limited) and will include local professionals who work with children and families, along with UF academics who develop and teach curricula that affect families. Joining forces and resources, we will begin a conversation about how to transform contemporary research into practices that help all children reach their fullest potential.

A boxed lunch will be served, along with the opportunity to discuss with other professionals/agencies/departments about the implication of neuroscience research on our “communities.”