Ronald Dahl, M.D.
Ronald Dahl, M.D., is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has served as a core scientific member of the MacArthur Foundation Researcher Network on the Development of Psychopathology and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network on the Etiology of Nicotine Dependence, and he currently directs a program of research on emotion regulation and adolescent brain development.
Beyond Raging HormonesThe Tinderbox in the Teenage Brain
Puberty brings hormonal changes, intense feelings, and craving for arousal, but, writes Dahl, these alone cannot explain the lapses in judgment that shock parents and make adolescents highly vulnerable to addiction, suicide, violence, and other destructive behaviors. We must understand the very different timetables at work in adolescents, whose brain development may not be complete until their twenties but for whom, in most societies, puberty has been arriving earlier.