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PBS NewsHour Q&A: Childhood Trauma and COVID-19

Center Director, Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. answers questions from PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham and viewers about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the long period of social distancing is affecting children and families.

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2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

As a keynote speaker at the 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. presents on “Leveraging the Science of Adversity and Resilience to Generate Greater Impacts on ‘Whole Child’ Development.”

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Still from Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff's presentation at the 2020 National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit

2020 National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit

As a keynote speaker and panelist at the inaugural National Prenatal-to-3 Research to Policy Summit, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff presents on “Leveraging Advances in Science to Strengthen the Early Foundations of Both Learning and Health.” The summit marks the release of the first Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, and includes presentations by other leaders in […]

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Jack Shonkoff slide for NIHCM Presentation

Protecting Our Children: COVID-19’s Impact on Early Childhood and ACEs

In this presentation, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff joins a panel of experts to discuss how early childhood experiences can affect lifelong health, including not only the young brain, but other developing physiological systems.

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Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School

Understanding both the biology of adversity and the science of early learning is essential for building a strong foundation for reducing disparities in educational achievement. The benefits of evidence-based curricula in the early childhood years cannot be fully achieved without effective strategies for preventing the consequences of toxic stress. Center Director Jack Shonkoff speaks at […]

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Social and Behavioral Determinants of Toxic Stress

In this science talk, David Williams looks at the social and behavioral factors that play a role in triggering toxic stress for children and adults.

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Why Do Some Children Respond to an Intervention and Others Don’t?

In this science talk, Nathan A. Fox talks about the limitations of traditional early childhood intervention studies, which examine the effects of programs on large groups of children with the hope that one size fits all.

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Using Brain Science to Build a New 2Gen Intervention

In a “TED-style talk,” Stephanie M. Jones describes a new intervention that links the science of brain development with supports for adults and children.

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Parenting for Brain Development and Prosperity

Philip A. Fisher, a senior fellow at the Center, presents at 2013 NBC News’ Education Nation Summit in New York City. His talk explains why positive, reciprocal interactions between caregivers and children can have enormous positive effects on children’s development and lay the groundwork for a prosperous future.

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Beth Babcock

Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways out of Poverty

EMPath CEO and Frontiers of Innovation associate Beth Babcock spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet about taking a science-informed approach to breaking the cycle of poverty. Her talk explains how poverty impairs the development of executive function in the brain, and shares the success of new coaching models that allow clients to practice and rebuild their executive function skills.

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