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Friday, September 2, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM



"What is Community Neuroscience? Research and Outreach."


Context matters. Our physical and social affordances shape our brains and behaviors to produce neuro endophenotypes which may also lead to risk and resilience for health issues. Dr. Marlen Gonzalez will present studies grounded in evolutionary developmental theory and human ecology looking at the way neighborhoods, social context, and the oxytocinergic system impact motivational and regulatory systems.Dr. Gonzalez will also introduce the Community Neuroscience Initiative, a new project from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, which aims to democratize neuroscience, make these types of findings useful and accessible, and ultimately empower communities in their own efforts.

Community Neuroscience Initiative

Twitter: @marlenzgonzalez


Dr. Marlen Gonzalez, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University and the director of the Community Neuroscience Initiative (CNI). She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia where she studied clinical psychology and affective neuroscience. She completed her clinical internship in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research looks at how physical and social affordances in development calibrates neural systems important to mental health from an ecological perspective. As director of the CNI, she hopes to serve the Syracuse community in upstate New York. Since 2021, CNI has engaged with the school district, key non-profits, the SUNY system, and local chapters of national networks to conduct three activities: neuroeducation, neuroconsulting, and neuro community building. Through these activities they hope to collaborate with community members to solve pressing problems and enhance pre-existing strengths.