Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D.
Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., the Richard David Scott Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children's Hospital, chairs the research network. His broad research interests are concerned with the role of experience on brain and brain development. To this end he conducts research on children who have experienced early biological adversity (e.g., prematurity) or psychosocial adversity (e.g., those living in institutions in Romania). He chaired the MacArthur Foundation research network on Early Experience and Brain Development, and currently chairs the advisory board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Program on Experienced-Based Brain and Biological Development. He was a liaison to the Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development for the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He served as past Associate Editor of the journal Child Development, and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. He earned his BA in Psychology from McGill University, a masters degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas.