Wednesday, October 25
7:00 – 8:30 a.m. (ticket)
Dr. Terr has been studying trauma her entire medical career. Starting as an academic psychiatrist at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Terr published two pioneering studies on “battered children.” She then went on to practice psychiatry in San Francisco and to teach at UCSF. Her long-term field studies of the kidnapped children of Chowchilla, California (and a comparison group of 25 children 100 miles to the south) set the standards for what is now accepted as childhood Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her Challenger studies demonstrated how “distant trauma,” one of the trauma-spectrum disorders, develops and recedes. To understand how trauma spectrum problems heal, she conducted a research project involving 111 students from Columbine High School. More recently, she has been studying “turning points” in the psychotherapies of all sorts of children and adolescents, not only traumatized ones. In this effort, she has enlisted the help of a number of other distinguished clinicians in our field. Dr. Terr is an avid reader, moviegoer, and watcher of politics, all of which show up in her writing and speaking. She holds the highest research awards in American psychiatry and was given a prize for child advocacy by the American Psychological Association. Donna Shalala, then the U.S. Director of Health and Human Services, named her in 1996 “a hero of medicine.” Dr. Terr’s books are Too Scared to Cry, Unchained Memories, and Beyond Love and Work.