Council Members

The Council's interdisciplinary group of distinguished members includes leading researchers and scientists representing the fields of neurobiology, immunology, molecular biology, endocrinology, psychology, economics, social policy, and pediatric medicine. They are based at private and public research universities in the United States.


shonkoff-council.jpgJack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Chair

Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education
Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

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Pat Levitt.jpgPat Levitt, Ph.D., Science Director

Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Institute for the Developing Mind,
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
W. M. Keck Provost Professor in Neurogenetics, Keck School of Medicine,
University of Southern California

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Bunge.jpgSilvia A. Bunge, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
University of California, Berkeley

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Judy-Cameron-2014b.gifJudy L. Cameron, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Outreach, School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

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Greg Duncan.jpgGreg J. Duncan, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Department of Education, University of California, Irvine

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Philip Fisher.jpgPhilip A. Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
Senior Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center

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Nathan Fox.jpgNathan A. Fox, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor
Director, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland College Park

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Megan Gunnar.jpgMegan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.

Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

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Takao HenschTakao Hensch, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Senior Research Associate in Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital

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Fernando MartinezFernando D. Martinez, M.D.

Regents' Professor
Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center
Director of the BIO5 Institute
Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics
University of Arizona

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Mayes_Linda.jpgLinda C. Mayes, M.D.

Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, Yale Child Study Center
Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine

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mcewen.jpgBruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, The Rockefeller University

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nelson.jpgCharles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.

Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

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Photos of Takao Hensch and Charles A. Nelson III by Fred Field




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