december, 2023

11dec9:00 am10:00 amUnderstanding Racism's Impact on Child Development: Working Toward Fairness of Place in the United States Event Organized By: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Event Type:WebinarIn-person or Online:Online

Event Details

Join the Center on the Developing Child for a discussion on Monday, December 11 (9 AM PT)   that will dive into the impact of racism on child development and lifelong health. Our panel of experts across various fields will bring their latest research, exploring how racism gets “under the skin” to impact children’s development as well as contributes to unequal access to opportunity in the places where children live, grow, play, and learn. Together, we’ll strategize on solutions that promote healthy child development and work to dismantle systemic barriers.


Moderator:  Stephanie M. Curenton, PhD
Dr. Curenton is a professor in the Education Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and the director of the Center on the Ecology of Early Development (CEED).


Nathaniel Harnett, PhD
Dr. Harnett is Director of the Neurobiology of Affective and Traumatic Experiences Laboratory at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Harnett’s research is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate susceptibility to trauma and stress related disorders.

Mavis Sanders, PhD, MA
Dr. Sanders, senior research scholar of Black children and families at Child Trends, leads an applied research agenda that advances racial equity and social justice. Before joining Child Trends in 2021, Dr. Sanders served as a professor of education and affiliate professor in the doctoral program in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Natalie Slopen, ScD
Dr. Slopen is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, her research focuses on social and contextual factors that shape childhood development and inequities in health.



(Monday) 9:00 am - 10:00 am


Center on the Developing Child at Harvard UniversityThe mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. We believe that advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life. Founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. We design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders. Together, we seek transformational impacts on lifelong learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.