Jack Shonkoff 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 director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Shonkoff has received multiple professional honors, including elected membership to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, elected membership to the American Pediatric Society, designated National Associate of the National Academies, the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children from the Society for Research in Child Development.
Under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, Shonkoff chaired the Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development for the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, which produced a landmark report, entitled From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. He also served as Chair of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, and as a member of the Panel on Child Care Policy, the Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions, and the Roundtable on Head Start Research.
Shonkoff has authored more than 130 publications, including nine books; co-edited two editions of the widely-heralded Handbook of Early Childhood Intervention; and served on the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals, including Child Development and Infant Mental Health Journal. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, medical education at New York University School of Medicine, pediatric training at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Dean of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.