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.

Session Schedule 2019-20

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 with a separate RSVP for each session.

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Speakers and seminar titles coming soon! 

Session I: September 24, 2019

Session II: October 22, 2019

Session III: November 12, 2019

Session IV: February 11, 2020

Session V: March 10, 2020

Session VI: April 7, 2020

Register for the 2019-20 session

Session Schedule 2018-19


Jimena SantillanSession I: September 25, 2018
IDEAS Impact Framework: An Innovative Approach to Program Development and Evaluation
Jimena Santillán, Ph.D.
Senior Program Manager
Center on the Developing Child
Priscila PumaradaSession II: October 16, 2018 
Building an Innovation Agenda for Early Childhood in Latin America

Priscila Pumarada, Ed.M.
Senior Project Manager
Center on the Developing Child
Session III: November 13, 2018
Windows of Opportunity: Chronic Disease Epidemiology Through the Lens of Positive Youth Development
Farah Qureshi, M.P.H.
Sc.D. Candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Julius B. Richmond Fellow 2016-2017, Center on the Developing Child
Susan CrowleySession IV: rescheduled to March 26, 2019
Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
Susan Crowley, M.P.A.
Project Manager
Center on the Developing Child
Session V: April 9, 2019
Families Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty
Ashley Winning, Sc.D., M.P.H.,
Vice President of Research and Evaluation
EMPath—Economic Mobility Pathways
Julius B. Richmond Fellow 2013-2014, Center on the Developing Child
Meredith Rowe, Ed.D.Session VI: May 7, 2019
Socioeconomic Disparities in Early Language Development: Predictors, Consequences, and Considerations for Intervention
Meredith Rowe, Ed.D.
Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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