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.

The series presents a unique opportunity for students to learn in and from a university-wide community interested in promoting the healthy development of young children in the United States and abroad. Featured speakers include staff and fellows from the Center on the Developing Child explaining key concepts about the Center’s current work, as well as researchers and practitioners sharing their work that is building the knowledge base and leveraging it to improve child outcomes in the real world.

The Center is following Harvard University’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the CDC guidelines for social distancing by limiting any large gatherings. Please check the Harvard Coronavirus website for University information and resources. A limited series will be offered online via Zoom for 2021-2022. Advance registration is required in order to receive a Zoom meeting or webinar link and password. Please be sure to check individual event listings regularly for up-to-date status and information on how to participate. We will be recording the presentations and sharing the recording with members of the Harvard student community who will be required to register in advance.

Session Schedule 2021-2022

The date and time of the seminars will be scheduled soon. Interested participants should complete a one-time registration for the series and check individual event listings regularly for up-to-date status information and information about how to participate.

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Session Schedule 2020-2021

Abena Subira Mackall, Ed.D.
Photo of Abena Subira Mackall by Kelly West

Session I: Friday, Oct. 23, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT
Why Early Life Adversity Predicts Social Distrust: Evidence from Phenomenological Interviews with Youth Arrestees
Abena Subira Mackall, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin

Abena Subira Mackall, Ed.D. received her doctorate in the Culture, Communities and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a recipient of the Center on the Developing Child Julius B. Richmond Fellowship in 2016-2017.

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