Can Brain Science Help Lift People Out Of Poverty?

June 6, 2014

Publication: WBUR's CommonHealth blog

Featured Expert: Elisabeth Babcock


Under the leadership of Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, a member of the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation initiative, the Boston-based nonprofit EMPath (formerly Crittenton Women’s Union) 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 creative new coaching models that enable low-income clients to strengthen their self-regulatory abilities and embark on a course to self-sufficiency.

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