Posted on: February 19, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

Dr. Julia DiGangi, who recently gave a TEDx talk on the relationship between stress and the brain, will speak during a Moraine event Wednesday.

By Valerie Olivares, JRN 111 Student

It has been a stressful time for all of us. We know the pandemic has affected our social life, work, school…the list could go on. But have you given much thought to the effects on your brain?

Tune in Wednesday for the 14th annual psychology department mental health program, “Your Brain in Times of Adversity: Stress and Finding Resilience.”

The guest of honor, Dr. Julia DiGangi, president and clinician at NeuroHealth Partners, has more than 20 years of experience working closely with underserved communities around the globe, including in Kenya, Nigeria, and Iraq. As a neuropsychologist, she has taken a special interest in becoming an expert on stress and trauma.

DiGangi will speak about building resilience in these hard times and how understanding the brain helps us manage anxiety.

Nickolas Shizas, a psychology professor who is one of the organizers of the event, said he expects DiGangi to focus on “what happens to the brain when we get stressed out, when we experience adversity and difficulties, and how that’s an opportunity for growth.”

Sponsored by the division of Liberal Arts and the department of Behavioral Sciences, the program will begin at 11 a.m. via WebEx. The program is free of charge and available to students, as well as the community.

No reservations are needed–just an hour and a half of your time and good internet connection.

Click on this link to join the event.