Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
Neurodevelopment, Childhood Trauma
For more than three decades, Dr. Bruce Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences. The principal of the Neurosequential Network and founder of The Child Trauma Academy, his work on the effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy around the world. He is also a New York Times bestselling author, co-writing 2021’s What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing with Oprah Winfrey.
Dr. Perry did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and Amherst College before attended Northwestern University where he received his MD and PhD. He then went on to complete his residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The University of Chicago. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences departments and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Perry’s clinical research over the last 20 years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work, education, and caregiving. His experience as a clinician and researcher has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children and youth including the 1993 Branch Davidian siege in Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings, the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the FLDS polygamist sect, the earthquake in Haiti, and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings among others.
The recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, Dr. Perry is a sought-after public speaker and expert guest. He has presented about child maltreatment, children’s mental health, neurodevelopment, and youth violence at the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly, and the US House Committee on Education. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Today, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Nightline as well as networks from NPR, CNN, and MSNBC to NBC, ABC, and CBS News. Dr. Perry’s work has been featured in documentaries, and print media has highlighted his clinical and research work, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Chicago Tribune, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and many more. He is also the author of the bestselling book The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered (both written with Maia Szalavitz) along with more than 500 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific proceedings.