Dr. Elysia Poggi Davis is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. Her program of research evaluates the way that biological and behavioral processes during the prenatal period are incorporated into the developmental program and the influence this has on physical and mental health across the lifespan. Professor Davis’ research contributed to an important shift in our understanding of health and wellbeing. It now is evident that in order to understand individual differences in health and development it is essential to consider the fetal experiences. The prospective and longitudinal studies that she has conducted provide compelling evidence that prenatal maternal stress and stress hormones have profound and lasting consequences for fetal development, birth outcome, and subsequent child and adult health and disease risk. Professor Davis has led research program that has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and she has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters.
Session: THE EARLIEST ORIGINS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE
Health & Aging | Friday, September 16, 2016
This session will discuss how the environment and development during the fetal period shape health and disease risk across the lifespan. Recent evidence has revealed that experiences that occur before birth play an important role in healthy aging and contribute to both morbidity and mortality. This session will discuss these findings and the implications for policy and intervention.