Claire D. Coles, PhD, is professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia, and director of the Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Laboratory. Dr. Coles’ research on the developmental and behavioral effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol and on the interaction of these effects with the postnatal environment began in 1980 and was among the first to describe many behavioral effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in infants, young children and adolescents as well as the effects on brain in young adults. She was also among the first to investigate effects of cocaine exposure on child development.
In 1995, Dr. Coles established the only multidisciplinary clinic in the Southeastern United States providing specialized services to individuals prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. It serves more than 300 new patients a year, providing differential diagnosis and behavior evaluation, referral, psychotherapy and educational services. In the addition to training of professionals in the care of alcohol and drug affected children, the center initiated clinical research to design and improve interventions for affected individuals and their families.
RIA seminar presentations are made at 10 a.m. in room 132 at the Research Institute on Addictions, 1021 Main St., Buffalo, (UB Downtown Campus), unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Rebecca Houston at 716-887-2579.