Understanding the Adolescent Brain. Dr. Abigail Baird, Associate Professor of Psychology at Vassar College, explains "Why the Adolescent Brain Should Be Revered, Not Feared" - based on current findings in neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and education. Integrating science with real-life situations, Dr. Baird sheds light on adolescent's social and emotional development. She helps adults better understand adolescent behavior and gives advice on how best to support, parent, and teach our children as they grow. Lincoln PTO.