University of Wisconsin–Madison

2018 Fall Research Workshop Agenda

Poverty and Brain Development in Children

September 27, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
UW–Madison Memorial Union (800 Langdon Street)

Convened by the Institute for Research on Poverty
in conjunction with the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers

Overview: Researchers at UW–Madison and numerous other academic institutions are using the tools of neuroscience to learn how poverty influences critical areas of the developing brain, and then use these insights to improve design of policies directed at children growing up in poverty. The workshop will highlight existing research, emerging research, and provide insight into the tools of neuroscience that are being employed in this effort.


8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Bobbi Wolfe, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Marcy Carlson, University of Wisconsin–Madison

9:15 a.m.

What Do We Know? Current Research on the Neuroscience of Poverty

Links between poverty and areas of the brain critical to school performance
Nicole Hair, University of South Carolina (25 minutes)

Link between environmental exposures, brain development, and cognition
Allyson Mackey, University of Pennsylvania (25 minutes)

Link between poverty and internalizing/depression/relationships
Colter Mitchell, University of Michigan (25 minutes)

Policy Reaction
Reggie Bicha, Colorado Department of Human Services (5 minutes)

Group discussion (25 minutes)

11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Emerging Research

Baby’s First Years
Kim Noble, Columbia University
Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin–Madison (30 minutes)

Links between poverty and risk-taking behavior
Bobbi Wolfe, University of Wisconsin–Madison (10 minutes)

Policy Reaction
Fredi Bove, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (5 minutes)

Group discussion (15 minutes)

12:15 p.m.

Quick Lunch

12:30 p.m.

How Brain Imaging Can Add to Studies of Poverty

Seth Pollak, University of Wisconsin–Madison

1:25 p.m.

Wrap Up and Thank You

Bobbi Wolfe, University of Wisconsin–Madison

1:30 p.m.