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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Breslau Naomi Breslau
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Research Statement
Dr. Breslau studies numerous psychiatric conditions and behavioral disturbances, most prominently post-traumatic stress disorder and tobacco dependence. She also has been an important contributor of epidemiological evidence on long-term effects of low birthweight (e.g., with respect to problem-solving capacities as disclosed by intelligence and other cognitive testing).

Research Publications    
2007Young, A; Breslau, N. "Troublesome memories: Reflections on the future." JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS 21: 230, 2007.
2007Storr, CL; Ialongo, NS; Anthony, JC; Breslau, N. "Childhood antecedents of exposure to traumatic events and posttraumatic stress disorder." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY 164: 119, 2007.
2007Saccone, SF; Hinrichs, AL; Saccone, NL; Chase, GA; Konvicka, K; Madden, PAF; Breslau, N; Johnson, EO; Hatsukami, D; Pomerleau, O; Swan, GE; Goate, AM; Rutter, J; Bertelsen, S; Fox, L; Fugman, D; Martin, NG; Montgomery, GW; Wang, JC; Ballinger, DG; Rice, JP; Bierut, LJ. "Cholinergic nicotinic receptor genes implicated in a nicotine dependence association study targeting 348 candidate genes with 3713 SNPs." HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS 16: 36, 2007.
2007Nigg, JT; Breslau, N. "Prenatal smoking exposure, low birth weight, and disruptive behavior disorders." JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY 46: 362, 2007.
2007Martel, MM; Lucia, VC; Nigg, JT; Breslau, N. "Sex differences in the pathway from low birth weight to inattention/hyperactivity." JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY 35: 87, 2007..
2007Breslau, N; Anthony, JC. "Gender differences in the sensitivity to posttraumatic stress disorder: An epidemiological study of urban young adults." JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 116: 607, 2007.
2007Bierut, LJ; Madden, PAF; Breslau, N; Johnson, EO; Hatsukami, D; Pomerleau, OF; Swan, GE; Rutter, J; Bertelsen, S; Fox, L; Fugman, D; Goate, AM; Hinrichs, AL; Konvicka, K; Martin, NG; Montgomery, GW; Saccone, NL; Saccone, SF; Wang, JC; Chase, GA; Rice, JP; Ballinger, DG. "Novel genes identified in a high-density genome wide association study for nicotine dependence." HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS 16: 24, 2007.
2007Breslau N & Alvarado G. The clinical significance criterion in DSM-IV Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Medicine. 2007; 37(10): 1437-44.
2007Tolin D & Breslau N. Sex differences in risk of PTSD. PTSD Research Quarterly. Spring 2007; 18(2): 1-3.
2006Whitaker A, Feldman JF, Lorenz JM, Paneth N, Breslau N. Prematurity and Cerebral Palsy. In: Coffey CE, Brumback RA, (Eds). Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, Maryland: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2006; 23:481-500.