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Forum slated on childhood trauma in separated families

Area residents have a chance to learn more about the trauma faced by children who have been separated from their families at the United States’ Southern border at a public forum Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is holding on Tuesday, July 17, at Tufts University.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the alumnae lounge at Tufts’ Aidekman Arts Center in Medford.

The forum will focus on childhood trauma and in particular how it is affecting children impacted by the Trump’s administration’s recent policy of separating migrant families. James Coan, Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address. A panel of experts will then discuss how trauma can affect behavior, brain chemistry and overall health, particularly in children.

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Panelists will be Dr. Carol Sturgeon Moore, a pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Candace Saunders, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Social Work Practice, Simmons College; Lauren K. Marchette, a cognitive behavioral therapist, Dr. Linda Forsythe, a psychiatrist from Massachusetts General Hospital; Sarah Surrain, a PhD candidate at Harvard University; and Melrose School Superintendent Cyndy Taymore.

The event will also provide information on local resources for those who volunteer to care for any of the migrant children who might come to this area, or for anyone else who has a child in their life that has experienced trauma.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler-co@globe.com.