Jack P. Shonkoff


  • Child development
  • Cognition and brain development

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 the Harvard Graduate School of Education; professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He also currently serves as chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. In 2011, Shonkoff launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-sectoral collaboration committed to developing more effective intervention strategies to catalyze breakthrough impacts on the development and health of young children and families experiencing significant adversity. Shonkoff is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Pediatric Society, has been designated National Associate of the National Academies, and has received 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.