Media Coverage

The Diversity of Play

Former Richmond Fellow Lynneth Solis explores the impact play has on the cognitive development of children in Colombia.

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How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

This article discusses the impact of toxic stress on early childhood development, and what some physicians, early-care providers, and community members are doing to identify and provide services to affected children and families.

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How poverty affects the brain

Using brain imaging, Council Member Charles Nelson studies the impacts of poverty and childhood adversity on children’s development in Bangladesh.

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When is stress good for you?

Council Member Bruce McEwen differentiates between good stress, tolerable stress, and toxic stress.

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Resilience: A skill your child really needs to learn (and what you can do to help)

In this blog post, Dr. Claire McCarthy shares four factors that help children develop resilience: supportive adult-child relationships, a sense of self-efficacy and perceived control, strong adaptive skills and self-regulatory capacities, and being able to mobilize sources of faith, hope, and cultural traditions.

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A New Understanding of the Childhood Brain

In this episode of a new series of videos from The Atlantic, the impact of early trauma on brain development is explored.

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The Decade of the Brain

A new series of videos from The Atlantic explores early childhood development by looking at the emergence of early childhood development research and programs.

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Does Poverty Change the Way We Think?

Rich or poor, quality caregiving may be the key to a child’s healthy brain development according to this BBC podcast featuring National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Charles Nelson.

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First Impressions: A virtual experience of the first year of life

Using virtual reality (VR) technology, the Guardian has created “First Impressions,” which enables viewers to explore how a baby sees the world during the first six months of life. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Charles Nelson guides viewers through the 360-degree VR experience, explaining the impact of extreme adversity such as neglect […]

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Interview with Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.

During a recent visit to Western Australia, Center Director Jack Shonkoff spoke with ABC News about the critical importance of the early years.

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Fewer homeless veterans. More homeless children in state.

Although a 2006 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness in Michigan has had success in reducing the number of homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals, the news is not as good for children and families–and may have actually grown worse. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Megan Gunnar explains the impact that the ongoing […]

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Expensive Problems: Researchers Say ‘High Cost’ Adults Can Be Predicted At Age 3

This blog post and companion radio show explore a new study that suggests that brain health before age 3 may predict a person’s cost to society around age 40. These costs included health expenses, such as hospital stays and drug prescriptions, as well as welfare benefits, insurance claims, and criminal court and prison costs. Center […]

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Special Report "Our Children: Searching for Solutions"

The Detroit Free Press presents a series of stories about growing up in the Motor City and the toll that poverty and violence take on children. The stories examine programs both around the country and in Detroit that might offer solutions to help combat toxic stress. The Center’s materials are quoted throughout, as is a […]

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Learning Through Play: Education does not stop when recess begins

School recess is making something of a comeback, due in part to stronger science backing the importance of play to children’s learning and development. Center Director Jack Shonkoff discusses the cognitive, physical, mental, and social-emotional benefits of play and how “recess” is inaptly named because it’s an important component of school, not a distraction from […]

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How Poverty Affects the Brain

Growing research shows that poverty and the conditions that often accompany it—violence, excessive noise, chaos at home, pollution, malnutrition, abuse and parents without jobs—can affect the interactions, formation, and pruning of connections in the young brain. Center Director Jack Shonkoff was interviewed for this story and shared insight on how we can use this new […]

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Pediatricians take on new role: Fighting the bigotry and violence that hurts kids

This story was in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent recommendations for pediatricians to confront violence in children’s lives. The AAP is working to identify new approaches to the problem, including education, advocacy, and changes in clinical practice. Center Director Jack Shonkoff was interviewed for the story and shared insight on how toxic […]

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Can poverty be passed down? A nonprofit tries to break the cycle

EMPath’s Intergenerational Mobility Project, a member of the Frontiers of Innovation community, coaches families to equip parents with the skills to navigate their way out of poverty and to help them show their children the way out, too. The story highlights a new report from EMPath about the project and quotes Center Director Jack Shonkoff, […]

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The Limits of ‘Grit’

Examining Angela Duckworth’s book, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” and the resulting popular interest in grit as a key to success, this piece calls out the significant limitations of this focus: that grit may be out of reach for some kids who have grown up in poverty or other stressful conditions without the […]

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Family Experience with Toxic Stress

As part of the Healthy People, Healthy Places – Healthy Beginnings series, Be Well explores the topic of toxic stress and its impact on one Ohio family. Center affiliated faculty member and National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Charles Nelson is interviewed for the story to help explain what toxic stress is and […]

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The Complex Lives of Babies

Highlighting ideas and themes from the recently released documentary, “The Beginning of Life,” this article emphasizes the impact that environment and relationships in the first few years of a child’s life have on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The story includes quotes from Center Director Jack Shonkoff and affiliated faculty member and National Scientific […]

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Stress Fractures: A developing brain exposed to a stressful environment can cause a lifetime of pain

This story on toxic stress highlights several new programs aimed at preventing and reducing toxic stress for children, including the Best Start for Kids program in King County, Washington State, which is focusing its support on pregnant mothers, educating new families, and caring for children between infancy and five years of age. National Scientific Council […]

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Bringing Brain Science to Early Childhood

In this story that highlights the publication of the Center’s newest report, Center Director Jack Shonkoff explains the call for a science-based R&D platform in the early childhood field and the Center’s vision for making breakthrough impacts for children and families, especially those facing adversity.

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The brain science behind Britain’s new parenting classes

Examining British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent announcement about the UK’s new policy on parenting classes, the Washington Post spoke with Center Director Jack Shonkoff about the neuroscience cited in the Prime Minister’s speech and how meeting parents’ needs results in meeting children’s needs.

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Grandmother, child rise from trauma with help from Childhaven

This story focuses on the work of Childhaven, a therapeutic child care nonprofit in Washington State that is also a member of the Frontiers of Innovation community through the Washington Cluster. Having worked directly with the organization, Director of Innovation Strategies Becky Jacques shares her thoughts about Childhaven’s ongoing innovation and learning.

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#OpportunityRedefined: Interview with Jack P. Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

In this installment of New Profit’s #OpportunityRedefined series, Center Director Jack Shonkoff talks about what’s needed to achieve breakthrough social change—new strategies that produce bigger impacts and a better understanding of why interventions work – or don’t work – for whom and in what contexts.

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Why Netflix’s Parental Leave Policy is Good For Babies

Video-streaming company Netflix announced this week that it will offer its employees a year of maternity and paternity leave during the first year after their child’s birth or adoption. Center Director Jack Shonkoff talks with TIME about what this may mean for children, particularly the effects of early child-parent bonds on cognitive, emotional, and social […]

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Reinforcing best practices for parents

Renee Van Norman, Ph.D., director of the Pearl Buck Preschool in Oregon, shares the preschool’s experience with the Filming Interactions to Nurture (FIND) video coaching program for parents, which focuses on the concept of “serve and return,” developed by the Center. Norman explains the program’s practical approach and how it uniquely emphasizes parents’ strengths and […]

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The Diaper Dilemma

Not being able to afford a basic baby necessity like diapers can hurt mothers’ mental health and their ability to parent. This story highlights the work of the New Haven MOMS Partnership, a support network for new mothers and their children and a Frontiers of Innovation member, to address this problem.

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Can science save abused, neglected kids – and money, too?

Washington state is increasingly using current science to guide its policies and services for children and families. This story features the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation initiative, which is led in Washington by the Department of Early Learning and combines the science of brain development with advances in the social and behavioral sciences to design and […]

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What Poverty Does to the Young Brain

Poverty can create conditions of toxic stress, which weakens the architecture of the developing brain. This piece features the work of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and quotes its science director, Pat Levitt.

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The Brain and Biology of Parenting

Charlie Rose hosts a round-table discussion about the brain and the biology of parenting. The distinguished panel of researchers includes Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, who explains how serve and return interaction between caregivers and children plays a fundamental role in building the brain.

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A Single Denver Mom Learns to Manage Toxic Stress and Tighten Family Bonds

This story profiles a Denver, Colorado-based implementation of the FIND project, which uses a video coaching technique to strengthen serve and return interactions between parents and children. FIND was developed by researchers at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center who are members of the Frontiers of Innovation network.

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Grantee Spotlight: Center on the Developing Child

This grantee spotlight from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides a brief overview of the Center’s work, with a focus on our science translation and communication efforts.

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The Science of Suicide: Researchers Work To Determine Who’s Most At Risk

This piece profiles the work of Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew K. Nock, whose lab is developing a test to better predict suicide risk, with a particular focus on adolescents.

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Take the ACE Quiz – And Learn What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

An ACE score is a tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences. A higher score indicates a higher risk for health problems later in life. This NPR story helps people evaluate their ACE score, and quotes Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, who notes that building resilience can help people do […]

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Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

Childhood abuse and neglect can have lasting effects on adult health and executive function. This article from NPR surveys decades of work to determine “what exactly adverse childhood experiences do to the body,” and quotes National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Megan R. Gunnar.

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Toxic stress in babies and children causes lifelong problems

As part of its “Healthy States” initiative, Minnesota Public Radio presents this story on the science of toxic stress and the role early brain development plays in supporting lifelong health. The program begins with a keynote by National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Megan Gunnar, who emphasizes “the importance of healthy child development […]

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Starting Early

This four-part series from journalist Arielle Levin Becker takes an in-depth look at the effects of severe childhood adversity on mental and physical health. Together, the articles detail how toxic stress impacts the body, the protective effects of a secure relationship with a caregiver, and ways to identify and prevent problems that threaten child well-being. […]

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The First Year

This article discusses scientific research focused on how supportive relationships with adults shape early brain development. One highlighted study, the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP), has examined how early childhood neglect impacts brain development as well as how appropriate nurturing can buffer the effects of early deprivation. BEIP was launched by Center-affiliated faculty member Charles […]

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Life After Stress: The Biology Of Trauma And Resilience

In this story, reporter Karen Brown profiles ongoing research efforts to understand how trauma affects lifelong mental and physical health. Brown speaks with Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, who explains how brain development depends on the interaction between genes and experience, noting that “the brain doesn’t know how to wire itself.”

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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

As part of its series on reading in the Common Core era, NPR explores how complex reading material impacts the success with which children learn to read. The piece quotes Center-affiliated faculty member Catherine Snow, an expert on language and literacy development in children.

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Under the Hood of the Adolescent Brain

Adolescence is a crucial period in the development of lifelong mental health, says Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler. In his keynote at the annual Harvard Catalyst symposium on brain development in the second decade of life, Kessler discussed how the teenage years can begin a “cascade of triggers and problems” that lasts into adulthood. Kessler […]

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The Way to Beat Poverty

In this column, authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn emphasize the importance of early intervention in breaking the cycle of poverty. Citing the work of Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, they explain how adverse experiences associated with poverty can compromise brain development and undermine the foundations for healthy adult life. Such toxic stress can fuel […]

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An Experiment in Zero Parenting

This article by Eliot Marshall highlights the work of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, which studies how early childhood neglect affects brain development. The project was launched by Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III and National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Nathan Fox. That work, in Romanian orphanages, has shown that the […]

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How Childhood Neglect Harms the Brain

As part of its neuroscience-focused series “Brain Matters,” public radio station WBUR explores the science behind the effects of abuse and neglect on the developing brain. The story features interviews with Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III and Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff. Nelson speaks about his work on how profound early deprivation impairs […]

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Inequality Begins at Birth

This post by Jeff Madrick discusses how early childhood adversities, including poverty, can create a toxic stress response in the body that can compromise the architecture of the developing brain. Interventions and programs that address the stressors of poverty are vital to improving health and educational outcomes for many children. Madrick notes, “What is concerning, […]

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How Childhood Neglect and Abuse Impacts the Brain

Neglect, abuse, and other forms of maltreatment can produce lifelong changes in brain architecture. However, supportive, responsive relationships with adults can help prevent or mitigate such damaging effects. In this story, WBUR’s “Radio Boston” speaks with Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff about how serve and return interactions promote healthy brain development, and why it’s time […]

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How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

This article discusses the effects of toxic stress on lifelong health and explains how supportive, responsive caregiving can help improve outcomes for children living in poverty or other adverse circumstances. The article quotes Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff.

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Hospital Program Coaches Parents To Help Alleviate ‘Toxic Stress’ in Babies and Toddlers

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, an early childhood mental health program is working with parents to help them understand and address toxic stress in their children. This article quotes Center on the Developing Child Senior Fellow Pat Levitt on how serve and return interactions build children’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Also included are excerpts […]

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A Call for Two-Generation Strategies to Achieve ‘Breakthrough’ Impacts

Prevention Action, an online outlet that covers international efforts to improve child outcomes, reports on a recent publication by Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff and Center Senior Fellow Philip A. Fisher. Calling for the development of new early childhood intervention strategies based on science-driven innovation, Shonkoff and Fisher assert that interventions that strengthen the capabilities of […]

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Nurtury Learning Lab Designed to Foster Opportunity

The Nurtury Learning Lab in Boston is a collaboration between the Boston Housing Authority and Nurtury, a longstanding early care and education agency. This article quotes Nurtury CEO Wayne Ysaguirre, who is a member of the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation initiative. By working with organizations including the Center on the Developing Child, the Learning Lab […]

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Can Brain Science Help Lift People Out Of Poverty?

Under the leadership of Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, a member of the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation initiative, the Boston-based nonprofit Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU) is using brain science to help families break the cycle of poverty. Research indicates that the adverse experiences associated with poverty can impair vital executive function skills. CWU is applying the science through […]

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Teaching Through Trauma

In this two-part series, public radio station KPCC reports on Los Angeles public schools that are working to address the impact of toxic stress on learning. Part one features ongoing efforts at the Camino Nuevo charter school to address poverty’s effects on the brain using targeted interventions that support both parents and children. Part two […]

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Spare the Rod – The Biology of Poverty and Violence

This article from IRIN, the international humanitarian news service, discusses global research and policy related to toxic stress and its implications for lifelong health. The article quotes Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff.

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Boys Report PTSD When Moved Out Of Poverty

This National Public Radio story features Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler, the lead author of a Journal of the American Medical Association study that analyzed a federal program to move families from public housing into more affluent areas. Kessler explains that while girls thrived under the program, boys developed conduct and mental health problems, possibly […]

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Soldiers Enter Military With Higher Rates of Mental Illness

Soldiers entering the U.S. Army have higher rates of mental illness than the general public, according to a study authored by Center-affiliated faculty member Ronald Kessler and other researchers. Because soldiers may develop additional conditions during their service, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Kessler says they are at increased risk for suicide. Kessler is the […]

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Suicidal Tendencies Are Evident Before Deployment, Study Finds

A study by academic, government, and military researchers, including Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew K. Nock, addresses the troubling suicide rate among members of the U.S. Army. The findings reveal that enlisted men and women exhibit more impulsive anger than their civilian counterparts, increasing the likelihood that soldiers will act on suicidal urges. Nock is a […]

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Orphans’ Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape a Child’s Brain

This National Public Radio story explores the effects of neglect on the developing brains of children living in Romanian orphanages. It highlights the research of Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, whose studies of Romanian orphans examine how brain wiring goes awry when children are deprived of responsive caregiving.

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Bringing Home the Plight of Abandoned Children

Children who don’t receive supportive early care lag behind their peers socially, physically, and intellectually, says Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III. In this Q&A interview with Karen Weintraub, Nelson discusses the new book he has co-authored about children living in Romanian orphanages, Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery […]

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The New Science Behind Early Education

In this interview, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff speaks with Innovation Hub’s Kara Miller about why the early stages of development matter for children’s future health and educational success. Calling for innovations in policy and practice to help close the learning (and health) gap, Shonkoff highlights the need to build the capabilities of children’s adult […]

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Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

Research by Center-affiliated faculty member Takao Hensch suggests that a drug can restore brain plasticity to a juvenile state, allowing adults to learn perfect pitch. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer asks Hensch, who serves on the Center’s steering committee, about the implications of reopening this particular “critical period” of development. Hensch is a professor of molecular and […]

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Protecting Children From Toxic Stress

In the Fixes column on the Times web site, David Bornstein explores toxic stress, its implications for lifelong heath, and what can be done to prevent it, including by supporting parents in how to respond appropriately to their children’s cues and needs. The article quotes Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff.

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The Road to Resilience

Huffington Post blogger Amy Spies highlights the work of Center-affiliated faculty member Theresa Betancourt, who is an associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Betancourt also directs the research program on children and global adversity at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH.

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Following His Passion

This article, from Harvard University’s daily e-newsletter, cites work in Brazil on early childhood development being done by the Center in collaboration with several other institutions: Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, the Faculty of Medicine at the University of São Paulo, and Insper. The project, Núcleo Ciência […]

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The Suicide Detective

Research by Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew K. Nock into understanding why people commit or attempt suicide is the subject of this article in the The New York Times Magazine. Nock is a psychology professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research in the Department […]

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Harvard EdCast: The Future of Early Childhood Ed

Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff discusses President Obama’s emphasis on early childhood education in his February 2013 State of the Union Address in the June 5 EdCast, a weekly podcast interview conducted by Matthew Weber at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Levitt Stresses Early Socialization in Center on the Developing Child’s Lecture Series

This article, from the Harvard daily student newspaper, describes the campus talk given by neuroscience professor Pat Levitt of the University of Southern California, which was part of the Center’s Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series.

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Poverty Impacts Developing Brains

This story from WGBH (Boston Public Radio) details the effects of poverty on children’s health and development and extensively quotes Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff.

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5 Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors, Study Finds

This Times article describes the largest genetic study to date of psychiatric disorders, led by Center-affiliated faculty member Jordan Smoller, and published in the journal Lancet.

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Study Points To ‘Shared Biology’ Between 5 Psychiatric Disorders

This interview from CBS This Morning features Center-affiliated faculty member Jordan Smoller discussing new research that has identified genetic links between several major psychiatric disorders.

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How Stress Gets Under the Skin: Q&A With Neuroscientist Bruce McEwen

In this Q&A with Time, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Bruce McEwen discusses the damaging effects of toxic stress response, how it differs from other stress responses, and how it can be prevented or even reversed.

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Overcoming Impact of Adversity on Learning

This Education Week article focuses on the state of Washington’s collaboration with the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation initiative.

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Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers

The New York Times discusses a new study on the effectiveness of treatment for suicidal teenagers by Center affiliated faculty members Matthew Nock and Ronald Kessler.

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Reclaiming Childhood

Harvard Magazine profiles Center affiliated faculty member Theresa Betancourt and her research on the effectiveness of interventions that aim to help children around the world.

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‘Your Honor, My Genes Made Me Do It’

This opinion piece, co-authored by Center-affiliated faculty member Jordan Smoller, argues that, recent advances in brain science notwithstanding, “until we can make well-founded, scientifically sound and legally relevant links between genes, brains, and behaviors, judges, juries and the public should be wary of neuroscience in the courtroom.” Smoller is the director of psychiatric genetics and […]

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Cuddle Your Kid!

Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof cites brain architecture, toxic stress, and the work of Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff in highlighting why early childhood education and parenting programs may be “the most cost-effective way” to try to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

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Can Omar Khadr Get Past the Trauma?

This article covers the release in Canada of Omar Khadr, the former child soldier who had been held in prison in Guantánamo Bay, and quotes Center-affiliated faculty member Theresa Betancourt. Betancourt is an associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of the research program on […]

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Targeting Childhood Obesity Early

This article features the work of Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew Gillman, who is studying the health of expectant mothers and their children. Gillman is the director of the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a professor of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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What Does Obama Really Believe In?

Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff is quoted in this analysis of the Obama administration’s approach to combating poverty.

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Toxic Stress – Why Abuse and Trauma Linger Into Adulthood

Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III is featured in this story about the impact of early life adversity on adult health outcomes. Nelson is the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School.

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Stressful Childhood Events Linked to Elevated Inflammation in Adolescence

This article features Natalie Slopen, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center. Slopen is the lead author of a recent study which links early adversity to elevated levels of inflammation during adolescence.

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U.S. Childcare System Makes ‘Having It All’ All the More Difficult

In this opinion piece by 2011-12 Richmond Fellow Todd Grindal, he argues for “reliable, consistent, and understandable information about the quality of all child care programs” in the United States. Grindal is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Neurodevelopment: Unlocking the Brain

This article features the work of Center-affiliated faculty member Takao Hensch, whose research examines the biology underlying critical periods and its potential for treating brain disorders. Hensch is a professor of molecular and cellular biology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a professor of neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Can Parents Access Enough Information to Judge For-Profit Childcare?

2011-12 Richmond Fellow Todd Grindal’s paper on early childhood education services, published by the American Enterprise Institute, is the focus of this blog entry. Grindal is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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How Might Autistic Children Be Similar? In Their Brainwaves

This story features Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III and his work at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) looking at the brain waves of autistic children. Nelson is the Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Research at BCH and a professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School.

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Study Tracks Growing Understanding of UDL

This article features 2011-12 Richmond Fellow Todd Grindal discussing universal design for learning (UDL), an educational framework aimed at adapting instruction for individual learning differences. Grindal is a research associate for the Center’s meta-analytic database and a fifth year doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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S.J.D. Student Receives Julius B. Richmond Fellowship

This story from Harvard Law School features S.J.D. candidate Claire Houston, a 2012-13 Julius B. Richmond Fellowship recipient.

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HBO’s Weight of the Nation: Society, Not Individual, To Blame

Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff is quoted in this blog entry from Boston.com on HBO’s four-part documentary on obesity in the United States, “The Weight of the Nation.” Shonkoff is featured in the documentary discussing the need for prevention and early intervention.

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Parents’ Depression Linked to Problems in Children

The link between parents’ depression and negative consequences for children is the focus of this article from The New York Times Well blog. Featured in the article is Center-affiliated faculty member William Beardslee, who is director of the Preventive Intervention Project at Judge Baker Children’s Center and is the Gardner/Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at […]

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Violence Ages Children’s DNA, Shortens Their Chromosomes

Center-affiliated faculty member Charles A. Nelson III, and National Scientific Council on the Developing Child member Nathan A. Fox, are quoted in this article about the impact of early adversity on cellular aging.

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Deporting Parents Hurts Kids

Deporting undocumented parents can create lasting harm for their American citizen children, according to a recent op-ed co-authored by Center-affiliated faculty member and Academic Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Hirokazu Yoshikawa. The article warns that children of deportation have a greater likelihood of facing long-term negative impacts, including economic turmoil, psychic scarring, […]

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Protecting the Heart with Optimism

Center-affiliated faculty member Laura Kubzansky is featured in this Harvard Science article, which highlights new research on the connection between cardiovascular disease and psychological well-being. Kubzansky is an associate professor of society, human development, and health at Harvard School of Public Health.

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Predicting Suicide

This interview with Center-affiliated faculty member Matthew K. Nock appears in the Spring issue of Proto magazine, which is a publication of Massachusetts General Hospital. Nock, a professor of psychology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, discusses his research on suicide risk.

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Targeting Toxic Stress in Children

This Q&A interview with Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff focuses on the issue of toxic stress. Toxic stress refers to what occurs when the body’s stress response system is activated for long periods of time—by such triggers as recurrent abuse, chronic neglect or prolonged exposure to violence—without being able to calm down and return to […]

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Searching for Answers to Causes of Childhood Depression

In this news feature from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Marge Dwyer describes a recent review of studies led by Erin Dunn, who is a former Julius B. Richmond Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child and a current postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dunn’s review sought to shed light […]

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Harvard EdCast: Toxic Stress in Early Childhood

Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff discusses the impact of early childhood toxic stress on adult health in the January 23 EdCast, a weekly podcast interview conducted by Matthew Weber at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the 14-minute interview, Shonkoff addresses the recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on toxic stress, emphasizing the […]

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Tender Young Brains: What Kind of Childhood Stress Should Parents Actually Be Stressing About?

A January 18 article from Slate cites the 2012 AAP reports on toxic stress as an important counterbalance to parents’ unfounded worries that allowing babies and toddlers to “cry it out” when trying to fall asleep constitutes abuse or neglect. As the Pediatrics reports summarize, some stress in childhood is a part of normal development. […]

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A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug

Columnist Nicholas D. Kristof brings the impact of toxic stress to the forefront in this column for The New York Times. Addressing the American Academy of Pediatrics’ January 2012 policy statement, which features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff as co-author, Kristof posits that the paper’s recommendations could have “revolutionary implications” for poverty, education, and health […]

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