Ryan Matlow, PhD


The current talk will present the science of stress, with a review of the continuum of stress that includes both positive and toxic forms of stress. We will use a framework grounded in the neuroscience of stress to understand and explore the impact and consequences of exposure to stress and trauma on our psychological and biological systems. Included in this discussion will be a review of psychological disorders related to stress exposure (such as PTSD) and related neuroscience research findings. We will discuss approaches for addressing and coping with stress and trauma, including evidence-based interventions and core components of trauma-focused treatment.


Ryan Matlow, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is the Director of Community Research Programs for the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program. Dr. Matlow is a licensed child clinical psychologist; his clinical and research efforts focus on understanding and addressing the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma in children and families. In particular, Dr. Matlow seeks to apply current scientific knowledge of the neurobiology of stress and trauma in shaping interventions, systems of care, and policy. Dr. Matlow has experience providing individual, family, and systemic interventions for posttraumatic stress following interpersonal trauma. Dr. Matlow received his doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver and he completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in the Multicultural Clinical Training Program at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Services clinic.