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David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Adler University
Dr. Castro-Blanco Interviewed by
Dallas Morning News, Cited in Letter
for Insights on Teen Thinking, Emotions

Following "inexplicable crimes" resulting in the deaths of two teen-agers in Wylie, Texas, the Dallas Morning News spoke with the Adler University's David Castro-Blanco, Ph.D., for insight into a question plaguing people in the communty: How could this happen?

In the story, Dr. Castro-Blanco explains how adolescent brains are developed and react differently than those of adults. As a result, “what kids magnify into a crisis is really a temporary situation,” he says. “Everything is a crisis, everything is important to them, and they don’t have the ability to regulate their emotional feelings."

In a letter to the editor following the story's publication, a reader wrote: "As strangers, we grieve for each and every family member. We’re so sorry. If any good can come from this, some credit goes to the four DMN writers for this story. They quoted a psychologist, Dr. David Castro-Blanco. His words should be printed and placed on on a prominent wall in the homes of all teenagers."

Dr. Castro-Blanco is a board-certified clinical psychologist with special focus on child and adolescent psychology, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Adler University.

Click here to read "Community grieves for slain Wylie teen and wonders, 'How could this happen?'"

Click here to read "Teenagers, consider your undeveloped frontal lobe."

About the Adler School of Professional Psychology

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