Launched in August 2006 with a mission to create a new generation of leaders who possess a broad perspective on the promotion of healthy child development, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently announced the recipients of its first Julius B. Richmond Fellowship. In the 2007-08 academic year, the center will fund Allison Appleton, Daniel Berry, and Ivelina Borisova.

Allison Appleton is a third-year student at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Sociology, Human Development, and Health. The Richmond Fellowship will support her independent research on how early childhood social and emotional factors may influence later adult health.

Daniel Berry is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Berry’s independent research uses molecular genetics to assess gene-environment processes in children’s social and cognitive school-readiness.

Ivelina Borisova is in the fourth year of her doctoral study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Department of Human Development and Psychology. The fellowship will fund her in-depth quantitative analyses of potential modifiable protective processes in the psychosocial adjustment of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone.

The Richmond Fellowship is named for Julius B. Richmond, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy Emeritus in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A pioneer in pediatrics, public health, and early childhood development, Richmond was the first national director of Head Start in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, was surgeon general in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, and currently serves on the board of advisers of the Center on the Developing Child. The fellowship is made possible through the support of the Foundation for Child Development and the Office of the Provost.