Parent to Parent talk , January 8, 2019

Marisa Silveri, PhD: 

"The Science Behind Teens, Alcohol and Marijuana Use: What Every Family Should Know"

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 
Location: The Pike School, Andover, MA

Time: ~ 7:00-9:00 PM

Co-sponsored by Andover Cares/Rotary Club of Andover

*High school and middle school age- students welcome to attend with parent or guardian

For Dr. Marisa Silveri, the question, "What were you thinking?" is more than a reprimand for risky behavior; it is a window into the inner workings of the teenage brain. Dr. Silveri, the director of McLean Hospital's Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, studies the effects of substance use on the development of the teenage brain. Specifically, Dr. Silveri uses non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to access how the teenage brain may be at risk. This includes studying brain structure, function and even chemistry as they change under various conditions, including development, and alcohol and marijuana use. "Brain imaging really speaks to kids," says Dr. Silveri. "It resonates with them when they see images of brains and how they're affected by substances, or about the process of how their brains develop. Imaging has been a very useful tool, allowing us to arm kids with science."

Dr. Silveri frequently speaks to students, parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement officers, and policymakers to educate them about the effects of alcohol and drug use on teenage brain function and to dispel commonly held myths about teens, drinking and marijuana use.