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How should doctors treat the lifelong harm of childhood trauma and toxic stress?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with two experts about how they treat childhood trauma and toxic stress. When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris encounters children who aren’t growing or have trouble in school, she’s not content with writing prescriptions. As the founder of the Center for Youth and Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood, Dr. Harris focuses on the underlying causes of trauma. Her new book, The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, explores how toxic stress impacts lifelong health.


In local schools, Dr. Joyce Dorado’s HEARTS program brings trauma-informed care to classrooms. How does adversity at a young age affect children’s bodies and their chances of developing illnesses, and how should they be treated?



Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point, and author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

Dr. Joyce Dorado, Clinical Professor at UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Director of UCSF’s Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools program

Web Resources:

NPCC: Adverse Childhood Experiences

PBS: The devastating, underdiagnosed toll of toxic stress on children

Education Week: A Pediatrician's Advice for Treating Student Trauma


The Chronicle of Social Change: Keeping Trauma-Informed Teachers in Oakland’s Schools


TED: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Internet Archive: Soul Survivors: A New Beginning for Adults Abused as Children

Morris Center: Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

New York times: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys

Nadine Burke Harris will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m. on March 27. Tickets are sold out, but you can add your name to the waiting list here.


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.