Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and child psychiatrist, Principal Member of the Neurosequential Model Network and the Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas. He is also the author of best-selling book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing, and also published Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered. Both are co-authored with journalist Maria Szalavitz.
In our wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Perry goes deep into explaining the brain’s architecture and neuroplasticity: why the first two months of an infant’s life are incredibly impactful across an individual’s lifetime, creating pathways for later helpful or harmful behaviors to self or others. He also discusses how current models of mental health may be adapted to effectively treat trauma at its roots. Dr. Perry also explains the implications of untreated trauma on our greater collective wellbeing, how regulated embodiment can be transformative healing, and the role curiosity, joy and love in growing care, community and connection.
Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX and Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago andthe School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.