Council Members

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child‘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.

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Jack 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
  • Founding Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

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Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D., Science Co-Director

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

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Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Science Co-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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Silvia A. Bunge, Ph.D.

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

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Judy L. Cameron, Ph.D.

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

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Greg J. Duncan, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine

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Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D.

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

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Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.

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

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Takao 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

Institutional Bio

Photo of Takao Hensch by Fred Field

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Fernando 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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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

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

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Charles 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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Photo of Charles A. Nelson III by Fred Field

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