Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH,
California Surgeon General
Moderated by
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD


Healthy Coping With Long-Term Pandemic Impacts

Thurs Mar 18, 7:00pm-8:15pm PT

Free for member school parents and for educators from member and non-member schools.

Registration closes 24 hours before the event or when maximum registration is reached.

As we mark an unwelcome anniversary, a year of pandemic, we’re asking what will the long-term effects of coping with Covid be? Social isolation, illness, delayed or distanced education and prolonged uncertainty create havoc on the mind and body. Three of the nation’s leading experts on chronic stress and learning and the brain come together to discuss the pandemic’s consequences and how families can mediate them.


Prof. Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford neuroscientist and the country’s foremost expert on chronic stress, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California's Surgeon General, who studies the biology of childhood adversity, and Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, physician and researcher on learning and the brain, who will moderate this important discussion, consider the effects of acute and chronic stress of the pandemic and quarantine to help us understand the psychological and health impacts of Covid. Our experts will share the research on brain-body stress response and offer important steps that we can take to limit the adverse consequences of the pandemic and quarantine and boost our own and our children’s resilience to stress.

About Our Speakers


Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD, is a Professor of Biology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Museum of Kenya. Professor Sapolsky is a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship and his teaching awards include Stanford University's Bing Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the author of several books including, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst; Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers; The Trouble with Testosterone. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Science, Scientific American, Harper's, and The New Yorker. His 2008 National Geographic special on stress, and his on-line lectures about human behavioral biology, have been watched tens of millions of times.


Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, is serving as California’s first Surgeon General, tasked with expanding the mission of public health to fight childhood adversity. A pediatrician, Burke Harris founded San Francisco’s Bayview Child Health Center to bring equity to children’s healthcare. Her research and practice focus on toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their lifelong effects. As founder of the Center for Youth Wellness she pushed to create a clinical model that recognizes and treats toxic stress in children. Her work has been profiled in The New Yorker, in Paul Tough's book How Children Succeed, and in Jamie Redford's film Resilience and she is the recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics Her TEDMED talk, viewed over 7 million times, is used actively in trainings and college curricula to raise awareness of the physiologic impact of stress. She is the author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD (moderator) is a psychiatrist, neurophysiologist and cognitive neuroscientist. She is Director of BrainLENS at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and UC San Francisco (UCSF); Professor of Psychological Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at UConn; and Adjunct Professor at UCSF. Dr. Hoeft has conducted research on learning and brain development, with focus on literacy and dyslexia, as well as the science of resilience for over 17 years. Her work has been widely covered in media such as The New York Times, NPR, CNN, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. She also serves on many boards at organizations including the International Dyslexia Association, National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the Center for Childhood Creativity.

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