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Jack Shonkoff

Professor of Child Health Development

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and Research Staff at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard. He chairs the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, whose mission is to bring credible science to bear on public policy affecting children and families, and The JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress, which is developing new measures of stress effects and resilience in young children.
Dr. Shonkoff has received multiple honors, including elected membership to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine); the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development from the American Academy of Pediatrics; the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children from the Society for Research in Child Development; and The LEGO Prize. He has authored more than 180 publications, including nine books and monographs and a landmark report from the National Academy of Sciences titled, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. He has been a visiting professor or delivered named lectureships at more than 40 universities in the United States and around the world.
Dr. Shonkoff completed his undergraduate studies in Government at Cornell University, medical education at New York University School of Medicine, pediatric training at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. 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; and previously chaired the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.