Five Harvard doctoral students from across the University have been named 2014-15 recipients of the Julius B. Richmond Fellowships from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Daniel Busso is a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and his research will explore how childhood adversity disrupts cognitive, emotional, and neurobiological development, increasing the risk for mental disorders in later life. Avi Feller is in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and his research will focus on the intersection of statistics and public policy, especially on methods for answering policy-relevant questions when an ideal randomized evaluation is not available. Celia J. Gomez is at HGSE, and her project will explore how changes in maternal education are related to early childhood development. Beth Truesdale is in GSAS and is a doctoral fellow in inequality and social policy at the Kennedy School. Her research will examine the relationship between science and child and family policy in the U.S. and the U.K. She is interested in analyzing system characteristics and processes that create “sweet spots” where evidence matters to policy. Finally, Zhanlei Ye is in GSAS, and her research will explore the cellular mechanisms by which early life experiences shape the neuronal circuits in the mouse prefrontal cortex that control higher-order functions, such as social and cognitive behaviors.
For more information about the Richmond Fellowship program, visit http://developingchild.harvard.edu/activities/students_eld/fellowships/