Dr. Brooks-Gunn (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Ed.M., Harvard) is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the first Director of the National Center for Children and Families, founded in 1992. She has directed the Adolescent Study Program at Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University for the past 15 years and is a Visiting Scholar at the Princeton Child Research Center at Princeton University. Dr. Brooks-Gunn has published over 400 articles and 15 books.
Sheila B. Kamerman
Dr. Kamerman (D.S.W., Columbia; M.S.W., Hunter) is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor for the Prevention of Children and Youth Problems at the Columbia University School of Social Work. In addition to her role as Co-Director of the Institute, she is also Co-Director of the Cross-National Studies Research Program, founded in 1975. Additionally, she has consulted for U.S. and international organizations including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). Dr. Kamerman has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than 30 books and monographs and nearly 200 articles and chapters.
Anna Johnson is a third-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College. She is also a graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families, co-directed by Dr. Brooks-Gunn. As Dr. Brooks-Gunn's advisee, Anna’s research focuses on the intersection of a range of social public policies with aspects of child wellbeing.