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Upcoming Programming

The Higher Education Protection Network is pleased to announce the following member webinar:

December 11, 2018 | 12:30-2:00 ET

The Ins and Outs of Adolescent Brain Development
Presented by Dr. Diane Bales, Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Key Points:

  • Adolescents’ brains are not fully developed, which leads to difficulties with impulse control and a higher incidence of risk-taking behaviors (e.g., alcohol use, drug use, smoking, sexual experimentation, taking risks while driving)

  • Sleep patterns change in adolescence, and lack of sleep can contribute to poor decision-making

  • Adolescents need experience to build executive function skills needed for complex decision-making

  • Adults play key roles in supporting healthy brain development and managing risk-taking in adolescents


Speaker Dr. Diane Bales

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Human Development Specialist, UGA Extension

Child Life Director

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

University of Georgia



Dr. Diane Bales is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Science, a Human Development Specialist with UGA Extension, and director of UGA’s Child Life program. Her primary outreach focuses on brain development, healthy eating in preschoolers, using technology appropriately with children and adolescents, and helping children adjust to the hospital and chronic illnesses. She has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota and a Master’s and Ph.D. in child psychology from the University of Minnesota.





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