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The Teenage Brain
August 8, 1:00-2:30pm
Renae S. Martin, RN, BSN, BS, DFC Project Coordinator, Narragansett Prevention Partnership

  • Health & Wellness, 5-12
  • Audience cap:26

This session will explore brain development, birth to teen years, and explain why teens do the unexpected things they do. We will discuss why the unique developmental state of the teenage brain leaves it more vulnerable to addiction than the adult brain. Strategies will be discussed to aid in understanding this very exciting yet challenging time of life.


Renae S. Martin, R.N., B.S.N., B.S is the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant Project Coordinator at the Narragansett Prevention Partnership. Her responsibilities include middle school and high school student education regarding the impact of substance use on teen health, stress management, and self advocacy.

Through her curiosity of and research about the teenage brain and its inherent vulnerability to substance exposure, Renae has developed a presentation called “The Teenage Brain.” She has taught this material to all Narragansett Public School students in grades 7 through 12 and has delivered the presentation by invitation at several state-wide professional venues in the field of substance use prevention.

Renae’s background is in clinical nursing at Yale New Haven Hospital in the Adult Cardiology Step Down Unit, where she delivered care to in-patient, acutely ill, pre-surgical cardiac patients. She also worked in out-patient care, delivering secondary prevention interventions in the Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program at Temple Cardiac Rehabilitation in New Haven, CT.

As a research nurse for the Yale School of Medicine, Renae collaborated in and published original research studies investigating endothelial function, physician referral patterns to cardiac rehabilitation and patient outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation. She presented two of the above studies at national conferences of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Renae holds two Bachelor Degrees from the University of Connecticut, one in Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology (1989) and the other in Nursing (1995). She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of CT.

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