Leveraging Science to Improve the Lives of Children and Adolescents: A cross-disciplinary discussion

March 18, 2019 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • 2121 Berkeley Way West, Rm 1102, Berkeley, CA

There has been a great deal of progress in the scientific understanding of how children learn and develop and the social contexts, conditions, and systems that can promote health, well-being, learning, and social success. There are many challenges to leveraging this science for real-world impact, yet there are also exciting opportunities, and compelling reasons for overcoming these challenges. Please join Ron Dahl, Director of the Institute for Human Development at UC Berkeley, as he moderates a discussion with Prudence Carter, Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Jill Duerr Berrick, Professor of Social Welfare, Lia Fernald, Professor of Public Health, and Jason Okonofua, Professor of Psychology, on:

  • How can we better utilize and apply our science? ….to move outside our academic silos and connect our work to improving the trajectories of young lives in complex real-world contexts?
  • How can we more effectively work in trans-disciplinary teams?
  • How do we balance the need for scientific rigor and precision with the noisy and messy real-world settings where we apply the work?
  • How to balance the need for bold innovation—designing and testing science-informed early intervention strategies—with the need for caution about unintended consequences?