United Way of Central Indiana, WFYI and Kiwanis International are pleased to present this free and important event to the public Please join us April 2 as Dr. Judith Palfrey discusses how the experiences young children receive in the first three years of life are crucial to brain development. Research shows that a child's early experiences largely determine the strength and function of a brain's wiring and provide a foundation for a child's prosperity and sustainability in society.
Dr. Judith Palfrey is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Medicine at Children's Hospital, Boston. Dr. Palfrey received her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She did her residency training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a fellow in Community Child Health at Children's Hospital. From 1986 to 2008, she served as the Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital. She was a member of the Brookline Early Education Project (BEEP) team and the principal investigator of the 25-year follow-up of BEEP, which documented the educational, health, and mental health benefits of an integrated early-childhood program. She was the National Director of Building Bright Futures, the Director of the National Program Office of the Anne E. Dyson Pediatric Training in the Community Initiative and is a Past President of the APA and the AAP. She is currently the Director of the Global Pediatrics Program at Children's Hospital, Boston; and is working to establish training and service programs in international sites based on her experiences in the United States. She is the author of five books including Community Child Health (Praeger Press, 1994) and Child Health in America: Making A Difference Through Advocacy (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006).