Bringing Science to Law and Policy: Panel Discussion


How should law and policy chance, based on our current understanding of brain development? In turn, how can neuroscientists undertake research that would prove most useful in influencing law and policy? Such questions about the intersection of science, law, and policy provided the focus of a transdisciplinary conversations, led by Dr. Deanna Barch. Participants – physicians, an attorney and former Family Court judge, a state legislator, and a health economist – recounted their own experiences and recommendations with a view to bringing traditional divides and actualizing ideas from this conference and symposium, “The Developing Brain.”


developmental neurobiology, brain development, Roper v. Simmons, neuroplasticity, adolescence, decision-making, impulse control, youth services, social services, holistic healthcare, child abuse, foster care, mental health services, juvenile delinquency, health policy, CHIP, Medicaid, legislation.



Bradley Schlaggar (Chief of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology; the A. Ernest and Jane G. Stein Professor of Developmental Neurology; Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine; and Neurologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.)
Katie Plax (Ferring Family Chair & Professor of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine.)
Susan Block (Paule, Camazine, & Blumenthal, P.C)
Timothy McBride (Professor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University)
Jill Schupp (State Senator, representing Missouri’s 24th Senatorial District)
Deanna Barch (Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Psychological & Brain Sciences; Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences; and Professor of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis)



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