Effects of Alcohol and Drug Exposure in Pregnancy
Presenter: Claire D. Coles, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development, Atlanta, GA
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Dr. Coles will review the prevalence of alcohol and drug use by pregnant women in the United States and will then highlight the risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs for the developing infant and child including both the impact of prenatal exposure development and behavior as well as factors that are associated with maternal substance use.
About the Presenter
Dr. Coles is director of the Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development (MSACD) at Emory University. The Center includes both MotherToBaby.GA, a teratology information service that provides counseling and information about exposure to prescription and illicit drugs as well as alcohol and the Emory Neurobehavioral and Exposure Clinic (ENEC) that serves children 0 to 21 with prenatal exposures. In addition to her clinical care of affected children, Dr. Coles has carried out research of the developmental and behavioral effects of prenatal exposure and is currently principal investigator on a multi-site, longitudinal study of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in middle age.