Unlocking the POEtential: Annual Meeting Breakfast and Panel Discussion

09/19/2012 8:30 am - 10:30 am


Join the Poe Center Board of Directors and staff in celebrating another year of educating and empowering North Carolina children, youth and their families on the importance of making positive health choices!

Breakfast and Panel Discussion Invitation:

Health and the Human Brain

The human brain has a profound effect on the majority of critical health issues and topics: child and adult obesity, substance abuse, academic and work performance, bullying and conflict resolution and healthy ageing and development. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the Poe Center’s Cranium Connection and experience what over 10,000 NC children and youth experience every year: a journey into the human mind!

R.S.V.P. to the Poe Center at (919) 231-4006 or info@poehealth.org
by September 12, 2012

2012 Panelists

Dr. Madeline Hogan Meier, Ph. D. – Duke University

Madeline Meier is a postdoctoral research associate at Duke University and holds an appointment with the Duke Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center. Dr. Meier’s research focuses on the causes, course, and consequences of problematic substance use and criminal behavior across development. She has published articles on topics ranging from familial influences on criminal behavior to neuropsychological consequences of persistent cannabis use.


Dr. Donita Lynn Robinson, Ph.D. – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Dr. Donita Lynn Robinson joined the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies and the Department of Psychiatry in 2004. Her lab currently focuses on dopamine release and neural activity in rat models of alcohol drinking, binge eating and adolescence. By revealing how the brain processes information about drug and natural rewards, her research is helping us to understand the neural mechanisms of drug-taking and relapse, how pharmacotherapies affect those mechanisms, and why adolescence may be a particularly vulnerable stage in development.


Dr. Barri Braddy Burrus, Ph.D. – Research Triangle Institute

Dr. Barri Burrus is a senior research psychologist in RTI’s Psychology of Health Behavior program. She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and analyzing evaluation research at the international, national, state, and local levels, and has directed numerous evaluations for CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and, in Indonesia, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Burrus served for 10 years as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at North Carolina State University Family Life Demonstration Project.


Caley Burrus – Duke University

Caley Burrus has worked extensively on various research projects attempting to elucidate an underlying biochemical cause of autism, and has worked directly with Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People and leading neuroscientist, Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, on several autism research projects. She has also worked with RTI International and the North Carolina State Health Department as a volunteer neuroscience consultant. She currently volunteers at Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital and plans to pursue a career in pediatric neurology after her graduation from Duke University.

Sponsored by:

North Carolina Psychoanalytic Foundation
North State Bank
Thomas J. Rollins, CPA
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Whole Foods