Adam to Discuss Childhood Stress at Gene Siskel Film Center

Adam to Discuss Childhood Stress at Gene Siskel Film Center

ResilienceNorthwestern University professor Emma Adam, an expert on adolescent stress and sleep,  will talk about her research following a screening of “Resilience,” a Sundance Film Festival documentary about childhood trauma.

“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" will be screened at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. Chicago.

Following the one-hour film, Adam and director James Redford and two other panelists will discuss the research related to a biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood and the way trauma can increase the risk of adverse effects into adulthood.

Adam, a professor of human development at the School of Education and Social Policy and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, is best known for her work in the developmental psychobiology of stress and sleep. Her most recent research, which has been covered in The Atlantic, The Nation and American Public Media, suggests that the pressures associated with discrimination can contribute to the achievement gap.

In addition to Adam and Redford, panelists will include Clark Erickson, the chief judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit, and Audry Soglin, executive director of the Illinois Education Association. 

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By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 11/7/16