Jack P. Shonkoff
Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston; and Founding Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He currently chairs the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
View slides from Shonkoff's presentation: Mobilizing the Science of Early Childhood Development to Strengthen the Foundations of Lifelong Learning, Behavior, and Health.
Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology (clinical) at the University of Oregon, a Senior
Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center, and Science Director for the National Forum on Early
Childhood Policy and Programs at Harvard University. His work on children in foster care and the child
welfare system includes: basic research characterizing the effects of early stress on neurobiological
systems; the development of preventive interventions; and the dissemination of evidence-based
practice in community settings. He serves on a number of national advisory groups related to
prevention science and community-based research. His intervention programs are being implemented
at sites throughout the United States and Europe.
View slides from Fisher's presentation: Applying Knowledge About How Early Experience Shapes The Developing Brain To Improve The Lives Of Foster Children.
Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development,
University of Maryland-College Park. She has worked more than 30 years in the early childhood
policy, practice and research arenas. She focuses on the developmental and mental health needs
of young children at environmental risk, particularly those involved with the child welfare system.
An emphasis of her work is preventing maladaptive outcomes in these populations through early
childhood intervention programs, particularly home visiting interventions. She is the author of
numerous publications regarding vulnerable children and families.
View slides from Harden's presentation: Young Children in Child Welfare Developmentally-Sensitive and Scientifically-Informed Practice.
Jennifer Rodriguez is a staff attorney at the Youth Law Center, where she focuses on changing child
welfare policy and practice for infants and toddlers to meet their developmental needs. She works to
improve the quality of care for children and youth in foster care, and to increase incarcerated youth's
access to their children. She grew up in California's foster care system, and personally experienced
the impact of institutionalization, inappropriate mental health services and inadequate education
support. She also has personal experience with the juvenile justice system, and the issues faced by
youth without family or support system.
View slides from Rodriguez presentation: Youth Law Center Birth to Six New Beginnings Project: Applying Child Development and Brain Science Research to Child Welfare Practice.
Julie Goodrich, Program Manager, Early Childhood Services, Multnomah County Health Department
Debbie Moberly, Board Chair, CASA of Tillamook County, Inc.
Mary-Curtis Gramley, Executive Director, Family Nurturing Center, Jackson County Children's Relief Nursery
Devora Gramson, WESD EI/ECSE Coordinator, Willamette Education Service District
View slides from Panelist presentation: Current Prevention Efforts and Innovative Programs.