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Deepening connections between neuroscience and public policy to understand poverty

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison hosted a workshop in April of 2016 that brought together researchers working in the area of poverty and developmental neuroscience to discuss the current status of the research and how it can be appropriately and effectively used to inform public policy. The workshop was organized by Seth Pollak, a psychologist, director of the University of Wisconsin Child Emotion Lab, and IRP affiliate; and Barbara Wolfe, a professor of economics, population health sciences, and public affairs, and former director of IRP.

The workshop included national leaders in the neuroscience, poverty, and public policy fields, including Lawrence Berger (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Gary Evans (Cornell University), Martha Farah (University of Pennsylvania), John Gabrieli (MIT), Peter Gianaros (University of Pittsburgh), Charles Homer (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation), Pilyoung Kim (University of Denver), Joan Luby (Washington University in St. Louis), Katherine Magnuson (University of Wisconsin–Madison), and Kimberly Noble (Columbia University). The discussion addressed several key challenges, which are summarized in this brief.


Child Development & Well-Being, Child Poverty, Children