Jack Shonkoff on Trauma and Child Development
Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, talks with us about the science around...
About This Episode
Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, talks with us about the science around trauma and toxic stress in child development.
“I never talk about toxic stress or excessive stress activation without also talking about adaptation and resilience and the fact that you can build resilience against that,” he says. “There’s huge variability and sensitivity to these kinds of traumas… the early experiences shift the odds, but they don’t determine exactly what’s going to happen.”
Shonkoff also shares broader insights about how science can be helpful to the public.
Resources and Mentions:
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 Founding Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University
Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University is a multidisciplinary team committed to driving science-based innovation in policy and practice.