Affiliated Faculty

In keeping with the Center’s university-wide mandate to draw upon the intellectual resources across the campus, faculty members from most of the University’s schools have been engaged to help build the Center’s agenda. Affiliated faculty members are actively involved in Center-funded scientific research and working papers, mentoring Science and Innovation Fellows, and informing on-the-ground science-based interventions.

Faculty Steering Committee

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Allan Brandt, Ph.D.

  • Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Professor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Former Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Bio

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Takao Hensch, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Center for Brain Science
  • Director, Conte Center for Basic Mental Health Research at Harvard University

Institutional Bio

Photo of Takao Hensch by Fred Field

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Charles A. Nelson III, Ph.D.

  • Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School
  • Professor of Education, Harvard University

Institutional Bio

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Meredith L. Rowe, Ed.D.

  • Saul Zaentz Professor of Early Learning and Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Faculty Co-Chair, Human Development and Education EdM Program

Departmental Bio

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Elsie M. Taveras, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children
  • Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health, Mass General Hospital for Children

Departmental Bio

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David Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman, Professor of African and African American Studies in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Affiliate of the Department of Sociology, Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Departmental Bio

Affiliated Faculty

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Myron Belfer, M.D., M.P.A.

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Senior Attending Psychiatrist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Departmental Bio

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Kira Bona, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s

Departmental Bio

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Alexy Arauz Boudreau, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Chief of Pediatrics for Primary Care, Mass General Hospital
  • MGHfC Medical Director for Population Health Management

Departmental Bio

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Kathleen Conroy, M.D., M.S.

  • Clinical Chief, Boston Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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Michela Fagiolini, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate in Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital

Departmental Bio

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Bizu Gelaye, Ph.D., M.P.H

  • Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychiatry-Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Departmental Bio

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Nathaniel G. Harnett, Ph.D.

  • Director of the Neurobiology of Affective and Traumatic Experiences Laboratory at McLean Hospital
  • Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Institutional Bio

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Paul Harris, Ph.D.

  • Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Departmental Bio

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Stephanie M. Jones, Ph.D.

  • Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Faculty Director, Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative
  • Faculty Co-Chair, Early Childhood Concentration
  • Director of EASEL Lab

Departmental Bio

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Karestan Koenen, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Director, Population Mental Health Lab and Concentration, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Biology of Trauma Initiative and the Global Neuropsychiatric Genomics Initiative of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research

Departmental Bio

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Bernardo Lemos, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Epigenetics, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Departmental Bio

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Paul Lerou, M.D.

  • Chief, Newborn Medicine, Mass General Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Physician Investigator, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mass General Research Institute
  • Pediatrician, Pediatrics-Neonatology, Mass General Hospital

Departmental Bio

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Nonie K. Lesaux, Ph.D.

  • Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Faculty Director, Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative

Departmental Bio

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Dana Charles McCoy, Ph.D.

  • Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education Advancement, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Departmental Bio

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Luke W. Miratrix, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Co-Faculty Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program

Departmental Bio

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Kari C. Nadeau, M.D., Ph.D.

  • John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Lecturer on Committee on Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Policy, Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Departmental Bio

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Seth Rakoff-Nahoum, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Senior Associate Physician in Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Boston Children’s Hospital

Departmental Bio

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Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.

  • 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; Research Staff, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Founding Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

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Natalie Slopen, Sc.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Departmental Bio

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Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.

  • MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Neuroscience; Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Professor of Epidemiology, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health
  • Director, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

Departmental Bio

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Catherine Snow, Ph.D.

  • John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
  • Faculty Co-Chair, Literacy and Languages Concentration

Departmental Bio

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Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D.

  • Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Departmental Bio

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John R. Weisz, Ph.D.

  • Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Departmental Bio

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Aisha K. Yousafzai, M.D.

  • Professor of Child Development and Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Departmental Bio

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