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. For 2020-2021, the Series will be virtual* and will feature research presentations from two of the Center’s alumnae doctoral fellowship recipients.

*The Center on the Developing Child is following guidance from both Harvard University and the CDC in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, our student events for the 2020-21 school year are being offered online only via Zoom. You can also check the Harvard coronavirus website for University information and resources.

Register now for our Student Seminar Series

Advance registration will be required for the series. The exact dates and times of the seminars will be scheduled soon. All interested Harvard students who have registered will receive a Zoom meeting or webinar invite link and password and must Rsvp for each session. Interested participants should check individual listings and the Center’s social media accounts regularly for up-to-date information.

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.

Soojin Oh Park, Ed.D.
Photo of Soojin Oh Park by Esso Studios

Session II: TBD
Centering Families in Advancing Equity & Justice in Developmental Science
Soojin Oh Park, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Washington College of Education
Early Childhood and Family Studies
Learning Sciences and Human Development
Education, Equity, and Society

Soojin Oh Park, Ed.D. received her doctorate in the Human Development 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 2013-2014.

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