"They Are Not Crazy. They Are Teenagers!: Substance Use and its Impact on the Developing Brain" 

Free and open to all! 


Thursday morning May 2nd 10 -11:30 AM

Ripley Administration Building, Conference Room 4

Concord, MA

To help us plan, please preregister for this free event

Dr. Sion Harris, from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will present this helpful presentation about the impact of substances on the developing brain with helpful tips on ways to talk with your child about this subject.  Today's youth are exposed to a lot of misinformation on the Internet and social media. Come and learn the facts about the developing brain and the risks for adolescents from exposure to marijuana, alcohol and other substances -- facts grounded in the latest scientific research. This will help you to have more confident and effective conversations with your child. 

About Our Presenter:
Sion Kim Harris, PhD CPH, received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1996 from the Department of Health Policy and Management. She oversaw research and program evaluation projects related to Adolescent and School Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health until 1999, and then began a faculty position at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. She was founding Director of the Survey and Measurement Core of the Boston Children’s Hospital Clinical Research Program, providing consultation and mentoring to investigators throughout the hospital in the development and/or evaluation of numerous instruments for use in pediatric research. She is currently the Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Harris has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Young Professional Award from the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association, the John Nelson Chappel Best Research Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, the T. Berry Brazelton Innovation Award, and the Estherann Grace Teaching Award from the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine.