JUNE 2014


FIND Profile

Innovation in Action

FIND: Using Science to Coach Caregivers

At Children’s Home Society of Washington, social service providers are using video clips of parents interacting with their young children to help the parents identify their own strengths and learn which interactions best promote healthy development. Created in partnership with researchers at the University of Oregon and Oregon Social Learning Center, this new intervention supports positive interactions in young families facing adversity, and models an innovative co-creation and testing process for new science-based strategies. Learn more in this Innovation in Action video, the second in a series of portraits that focuses on innovative, collaborative work as part of Frontiers of Innovation.



Key Concepts in the Science of Child Development and Innovation

Brain ArchitectureFive new pages on the Center's website provide concise overviews and collections of related resources for several concepts that are key to the Center's work. These pages include information on brain architecture, serve and return, toxic stress, executive function, and innovation.


Harvard Graduate Students Awarded Dissertation Research Grants

The Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its Julius B. Richmond Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. These fellowships support the Center's goal to create a new generation of leaders who are prepared to think differently, work differently, and drive innovation in research, policy, and practice to improve the well-being of vulnerable children. The Center will fund the research of five Harvard students:
Daniel Busso is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Avi Feller is a doctoral student studying statistics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Celia J. Gomez is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Beth Truesdale is a doctoral student in sociology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a doctoral fellow in inequality and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Zhanlei Ye is a doctoral student in the Program in Neuroscience, Division of Medical Sciences, in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Media Coverage

WBUR Blog: "Can Brain Science Help Lift People Out Of Poverty?"

This article from the CommonHealth blog of Boston public radio station WBUR features the work of the Boston-based nonprofit Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU).  Led by Frontiers of Innovation member Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, CWU is using brain science to help families break the cycle of poverty.

VIDEO EN Español

Brain Hero Now Available in Spanish

Super-CerebroSuper Cerebro is the Spanish translation of Brain Hero, a three-minute video depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child’s development. The translation and adaptation of this video into Spanish was made possible with major support from Lincos.
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