Arthur J. Rolnick, Ph.D.

  • Senior Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

James J. Heckman, Ph.D.

  • The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, University of Chicago
  • Director, Center for the Economics of Human Development
  • Co-Director, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group

Ross A. Thompson, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Deborah A. Phillips, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University

Betsy Lozoff, M.D.

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Medical School, University of Michigan

Eric I. Knudsen, Ph.D.

  • Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, Stanford University

William T. Greenough, Ph.D.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Read a tribute to Dr. Greenough from his home institution.

Patrícia Pelufo Silveira, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Scientific Director, Functional Genomics and Epigenetics Pillar, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health
  • Associate Director, Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN), McGill University
  • Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada

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Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatry
  • Associate Scientist, Advanced Imaging Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University

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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

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W. Thomas Boyce, M.D.

  • Lisa and John Pritzker Distinguished Professor of Developmental and Behavioral Health, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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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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

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Fernando D. Martinez, M.D.

  • Regents’ Professor
  • Director of the Arizona Respiratory Center
  • Director of the BIO5 Institute
  • Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Swift-McNear Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arizona

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Judy L. Cameron, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Outreach, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

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Silvia A. Bunge, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Psychology & Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.

  • Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor
  • Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

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Greg J. Duncan, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine

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Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland College Park. He has completed research on the biological bases of social and emotional behavior, developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions.

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

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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Dr. Bruce McEwen, a longtime member of the National Scientific Council, died in January 2020. McEwen’s ground-breaking research and wide-ranging knowledge has contributed enormously to the work of the Council and to the broader understanding of the effects of stress on lifelong development. He will be greatly missed.

Read a tribute to Dr. McEwen from his home institution, Rockefeller University.

Pat Levitt, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Pat Levitt, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, is also the Science Co-Director of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, an initiative of the Center. He is the Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President and Director of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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