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NYU's Dr. Lawrence Aber, a Child Development Expert, Speaks in Tulsa on "Is There 'Normal Trauma?'"

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Aired on Tuesday, June 7th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Lawrence Aber, the Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, where he is also a University Professor. Dr. Aber is an internationally respected expert on child development, poverty, psychology, and how all of these relate to social policy. Last night, he gave a free lecture at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center entitled "Is There 'Normal Trauma?' -- Historical and International Perspectives on Violence and Child Development," and he stopped by our KWGS studios to speak on this topic before giving his talk. Dr. Aber's scholarship draws on some four decades of research in the U.S. and abroad on how violence affects children's development. He emphasizes the enormous variety in children's responses to different types of violence -- and he remains cautiously optimistic about how doctors, social workers, therapists, teachers, and other professionals worldwide are getting better (in terms of professional aid, clinical care, and the like) at identifying and treating trauma in children.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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