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Nadine Burke Harris



Nadine Burke Harris, PhD, is a Canadian American pediatrician and the first appointed Surgeon General of California. Her work is centered on how adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress leave harmful effects into adulthood.

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A Conversation with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris California Surgeon General

California’s first Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talks with Claire Brindis, UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, about her goals in this new position.

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Launching a Revolution

As California’s first surgeon general, Nadine Burke Harris, MPH ’02, is carrying out the visionary agenda she has brought to medical care: finding the roots of disease in childhood adversity and treating the long-term consequences.

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris Testifies Before Congress - June 2018

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Pediatrician, CEO and Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness provided expert testimony on the physiological impact of children being forcibly separated from their parent(s) in a hearing organized by Sen. Jeff Merkley and other members of the Senate Democratic caucus.

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How to Reduce the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Children who experience adversity tend to have health problems later in life. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains why—and how we can help heal those wounds.

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is “Sick and Tired” of How Schools Handle Toxic Stress

Recommit to Kids Panel on Adversity.

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Toxic Childhood Stress: The Legacy of Early Trauma and How to Heal

Finally after thirty years, I finally understood . . . this book holds the answers youve been searching for. Kerry HudsonThe Surgeon General of California reveals pioneering research on how childhood stress leads to lifelong health problems and what we can do to break the cycle.

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Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.

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The Lifetime Effects of Childhood Adversity – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Nationally recognized pediatrician and child advocate Nadine Burke Harris, MD, presents research on the effects of childhood adversity. Dr. Burke Harris shows how the number of adversity events in childhood is directly related to a person's health throughout their whole life.

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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma and Adversity

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego—a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual assault—who galvanized her journey to uncover the connections between toxic stress and lifelong illnesses.

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