Council Members

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child‘s interdisciplinary group of distinguished members includes leading researchers and scientists representing the fields of neurobiology, immunology, molecular biology, endocrinology, psychology, economics, social policy, and pediatric medicine. They are based at private and public research universities in the United States.

Council Chair

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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
  • Founding Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Full Bio

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Council Science Co-Directors

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Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished University Professor; Director, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland College Park

Institutional Bio

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Pat Levitt, Ph.D.

  • Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Institute for the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • W. M. Keck Provost Professor in Neurogenetics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Director, University of Southern California Neuroscience Graduate Program

Institutional Bio

Council Members

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Silvia A. Bunge, Ph.D.

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

Institutional Bio

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Judy L. Cameron, Ph.D.

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

Institutional Bio

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Greg J. Duncan, Ph.D.

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

Institutional Bio

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Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D.

  • Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
  • Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience

Institutional Bio

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Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.

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

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

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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

Institutional Bio

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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

  • Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
  • Head, Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology, The Rockefeller University

Institutional Bio

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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 | The Bucharest Early Intervention Project

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