The Developing Nervous System and How Adversity and Resiliency Impact Our Emotional, Cognitive and Physiological Health

In this presentation, Dr. Desautels will share how adversity and trauma impact the developing nervous system, affecting cognition, behaviors, and relationships. She will also share the research on resiliency and how our brains and bodies repair and heal through trauma and adverse conditions during this time. This presentation will address the regulatory and co-regulatory practices that are aligned with brain function and structure and can be implemented in our homes, schools, and communities.

Dr. Desautels is an Assistant Professor at Butler Univeristy where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education.  She also founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium, now it it’s 10th year.  Dr. Desautels has created a nine-hour graduate certification at Butler University in Applied Educational Neuroscience/Brain and Trauma, which has over 400 students in its 7th cohort. 

You can find Dr. Desautels’ work, presentation videos, and latest research on her website Her first book, How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education was published in March of 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled Unwritten, The Story of a Living System had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country. Her third book, Eyes Are Never Quiet was published in January of 2018 and a new book, Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline was published in Late 2020. Her new book, Intentional Neuroplasticity, Our Educational Journey Towards Post Traumatic Growth will be coming in January 2023

Dr. Desautels speaks Monday, February 20, 2023 in Houston, TX