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The Neuroscience of Personality and Learning

The Neuroscience of Personality and Learning: Development of Temperament, Emotional Regulation and Social Skills in Infants and Toddlers


Course Description

This adult learning training will focus on the most recent research on brain development beginning prenatally to 3 years of age. Temperament, attachment, emotional regulation, interpersonal interaction, and empathy. Parent and caregiver state of mind and that impact on infants and toddlers will also be explored. Finally, resilience-building will be detailed as a protective factor for child and family well-being. Teaching format will include didactics, video, and small and large group discussion. 


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the link between fetal environment and temperament at birth
  2. Recognize the foundations of executive function apparent in infants and toddlers
  3. Name one individual and societal resilience-building strategy promoting child and family well-being



Dr. Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E, FAAP

Sherri is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, CDC Act Early Ambassador to Oregon, Oregon Help Me Grow Physician Champion, and President of the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association. She has Infant Mental Health Mentor endorsement in clinical and policy and a Masters of Public Health. Her special interests include early childhood development and systems of care for families with young children. She has made more than 100 presentations in a wide variety of venues. Sherri is affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and serves on multiple advisory committees, work groups, and boards.