FORA.tv Speaker - Sandra Weiss
Sandra J. Weiss, PhD, DNSc, FAAN is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Systems and the Robert C. & Delphine Wentland Eschbach Endowed Chair at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Weiss has studied the phenomenon of touch as a primary area of research for 30 years. During this time, she has examined specific neurophysiologic and affective properties of touch and has developed measures of both touch behavior and response to touch that have been used in research internationally. Her major focus has been parental touch and its impact on the neuropsychological development and mental health of high-risk infants and children. She has also studied different properties of touch used by health professionals in hospital environments and their impact on the health outcomes of medically compromised children and adults.
Dr. Weiss is currently studying the ways in which genetic, neuroendocrine, and autonomic nervous system factors influence the sensitivity of infants to touch. She is also studying the ways in which caregiver touch affects both the emotional and physiologic responses of infants. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Bureau of Health Services Administration, the State of California, and a variety of private foundations. Her work on touch has been covered by CNN, CBS and ABC as part of programs on 'The Senses', 'Discoveries in Medical Science', and 'Medical Advances.' In addition to numerous other publications about touch, she is co-editor of a recent book entitled 'The Handbook of Touch: Neuroscience, Behavioral and Health Perspectives'.
04.20.13 | 01:25:32 min
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