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Claire Coles, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics

Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Program (MSACD)

Phone: 404-712-9814

Fax: 404-712-9809


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Dr. Coles researches the effects of teratogens on behavior and development from infancy through adulthood.  The MSACD Program includes a program of Research focusing on the developmental effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, cocaine and tobacco,  examining biological, social and neurodevelopmental . In addition, it hosts Prevention services, supported by the State of Georgia.   One of these services is MotherToBaby.GA, the Georgia affiliate of a national teratology information service that provides empirically based information to expectant parents, families and health care professionals on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Previous activities included MILE and the GoFAR Project, interventions for school aged children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and problems with behavior regulation, neuroimaging of adolescents exposed to cocaine and young adults with prenatal alcohol exposure.  Currently, Dr. Coles  is participating in the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, an international collaboration which includes both the study of adults with prenatal alcohol exposure and a longitudinal study of alcohol exposed children, carried out in the Ukraine,  to determine methods for prevention of effects of alcohol exposure during pregnancy as well as the early identification of affected children.   Prevention activities in Georgia include community education and consultation and training of professionals and public.

Dr. Coles clinical work is carried out in the Division of Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory Neurodevelopment and Exposure Clinic (ENEC).  This Clinic is the only multidisciplinary clinic in the Southeastern United States providing specialized services to individuals prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol.  Previously, the this  Center developed the MILE intervention program which has proved effective in the treatment of math deficits and behavioral problems in FASD.