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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Board and Management Team

Management Team

Matthew E. Melmed, J.D.
Executive Director (bio)

Erica Lurie-Hurvitz, J.D.
Chief Policy Officer 

Janice Im
Chief Program Officer (bio)

Kathleen McEnerny
Director of Development (bio)

Elise Miller, M.B.A.
Chief Business Operations Officer (bio)

Laura Shiflett
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (bio)


Robert Chang (bio)
New York, NY

Maria D. Chavez, Ed.D. (bio)
Albuquerque, NM

Lia Dean
McKinsey & Company (bio)
New York, NY

Helen Egger, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center (bio)
Durham, NC

Robert N. Emde, M.D. (bio)
Parker, CO

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Erikson Institute (bio)
Chicago, IL 

Walter Gilliam
Yale Child Study Center (bio)
New Haven, CT

Brenda Jones Harden, PH.D. (Chair, Committee of the Board)
University of Maryland (bio)
College Park, MD

J. Ronald Lally, Ed.D.
Center for Child and Family Studies, WestEd (bio)
Sausalito, CA

Donna Levin
Care.com (bio)
Waltham, MA

Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D.
San Francisco General Hospital (bio)
San Francisco, CA

John M. Love, Ph.D. (bio)
Ashland Institute for Early Childhood Science and Policy
Ashland, OR

Lisa Mennet, Ph.D.
Cooper House (bio)
Seattle, WA

Ann Pleshette Murphy (Immediate Past President)
Parenting Contributor, ABC TV's Good Morning America, Parent Educator/Publishing Consultant  (bio)
London, England

Brian A. Napack (Secretary/Treasurer)
Providence Equity (bio)
New York, NY

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (bio) 
New Orleans, LA

Jeree H. Pawl, Ph.D.
Mill Valley, CA  (bio)

Cheryl Polk, Ph.D.
HighScope Educational Research Foundation (bio)
Ypsilanti, MI 

Rizwan Shah, M.D.
Child Abuse Program at Blank Children’s Hospital (bio)
Des Moines, IA

Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.
Institute for Infants, Children & Families  (bio)
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
New York City, NY

Paul Spicer, Ph.D. (Vice President)
University of Oklahoma (bio)
Norman, OK

Eugene P. Stein
Capital Strategy Research, Inc., Capital Group Companies (bio)
Los Angeles, CA

Mindy Stein
Tikun Olam Foundation
Los Angeles, CA (bio)

Lynn G. Straus, M.S.
Mamaroneck, NY  (bio)

Ross Thompson, Ph.D. (President)
University of California (bio)
Davis, CA

Ginger Ward  (bio)
Southwest Human Development
Phoenix, AZ

Serena Wieder, Ph.D.
New York, NY (bio)

Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., M.D.
Tulane University (bio)
New Orleans, LA

Board Emeritus

Kathryn E. Barnard, R.N., Ph.D.
University of Washington (bio)
Seattle, WA
In Memoriam (1938-2015)

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
Boston Children's Hospital (bio)
Boston, MA

Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.
University of Nebraska's Buffett Early Childhood Institute (bio)
Lincoln, NE

Kyle Pruett, M.D.
Yale Child Study Center (bio)
New Haven, CT

Arnold J. Sameroff, Ph.D.
Retired from University of Michigan (bio)
Ann Arbor, MI

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.
Harvard University (bio)
Cambridge, MA

Edward Zigler, Ph.D.
Yale Child Study Center (bio)
New Haven, CT




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