Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development, Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Co-Director, National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College
Dr. Brooks-Gunn is a developmental psychologist who studies children, youth, and families over time. She is interested in the family and neighborhood conditions that influence how children and youth thrive or do not, and how conditions at different ages influence development. She also analyzes policies and evaluates interventions for children and families (home visiting clinic based programs, early childhood education programs, and after school programs). The author of over 600 publications, seven books, and 16 edited volumes, Dr. Brooks-Gunn has received numerous honors and awards for her work. She is the recipient of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Alumni Council Award, election into the National Academy of Education, election into the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies; Honorary Doctorate of Science at Northwestern University; Distinguished Contributions to the Public Policy for Children Award from the Society for Research in Child Development; Margaret Mead Fellow Award by the American Academy of Political and Social Science; James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society; Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award from the American Psychological Association; and the John P. Hill Award for excellence in theory development and research on adolescents from the Society for Research on Adolescence.