Student Seminar Series

Our Student Seminar Series brings Harvard undergraduate and graduate students into conversation with leaders in the field of early childhood development. The yearlong, non-credit series covers an interdisciplinary set of topics. Each interactive session introduces students to the integrated science of health, learning, and behavior, as well as the science’s implications for policy and practice.

Serving as a complement to the Center’s Doctoral Student Leadership Collaborative, which provides doctoral students with opportunities for idea exchange and skill building, and the Center’s Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship, which is for advanced doctoral students working on their dissertations, the series presents a unique opportunity for students to join a university-wide community interested in promoting the healthy development of young children in the United States and abroad. Featured speakers include researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

Session Schedule 2017-2018

More details are coming soon.

Session Schedule 2016-17

The seminars take place on selected Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at 50 Church Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge, and dinner is served. While attendance at all sessions is not mandatory, interested participants are required to complete a one-time registration for the series. Room capacity is limited, so students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. An email reminder will be sent prior to the date of each session, and a response is required to confirm attendance. We must place dinner orders 48 hours in advance of each session, so last-minute cancellations from confirmed attendees are highly discouraged.

  • WeiszSession I: September 20, 2016
    Effects of Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
    John R. Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP
    Professor, Department of Psychology
    Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University
  • gigi-lukSession II: October 18, 2016
    Understanding the Science of Bilingualism: Potential to Bridge Research and Practice
    Gigi Luk, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Education
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • erin-dunnSession III: November 15, 2016
    How Genes and Experience Interact Over Development to Shape Risk for Depression
    Erin C. Dunn, Sc.D., M.P.H.
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Assistant in Research, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Session IV: February 7, 2017
    The Washington State Innovation Cluster: Science-based Innovation for Early Childhood in Action
    Melissa Rivard, Ed.M.
    Senior Project Manager
    Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Jocelyn-BowneSession V: March 21, 2017
    Using Public School – Community-Based Program Partnerships to Provide High Quality Early Education
    Jocelyn Bowne, Ed.D.
    Director of Research and Preschool Expansion Grant Administration
    Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Note: April’s session has been rescheduled
    Session VI: May 2, 2017

    Building an Innovation Agenda for Early Childhood in Latin America
    Evan Roth-Howe, M.A.
    Project Manager
    Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Complete a one-time registration for the series

Photo Credits: Photo of Gigi Luk by Suzanne Camarata Photo

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