Newly appointed Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, will receive the Alicia Lieberman Infant Mental Health Leadership Award by the California Association for Infant Mental Health at its inaugural statewide conference from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Fresno State.

Co-hosted by the Central California Children’s Institute, the conference aims to discuss the impact of stress and trauma on infants’ neurophysiology, mental health and cognitive functioning, and the intergenerational transmission of traumatic experiences from parent to child. Burke Harris, who will accept her award via a video message, is a pediatrician credited for her groundbreaking work linking adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress with harmful effects to health later in life.

Registration for the conference is closed. INFO: Dr. Cassandra Joubert at