Alcohol Syndrome Study Group. She has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University.


Cynthia García Coll (Consultant) is the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor; Professor of Education, Psychology and Pediatrics at Brown University. She has published numerous articles on the sociocultural and biological influences on child development with particular emphasis on at-risk and minority populations. She has also been on the editorial boards of many academic journals. She was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network called Successful Pathways Through Middle Childhood. At the Society for Research on Child Development, she served as both chair and member of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Issues; on the Governing Council from 1996–2002; and as its representative to the National Head Start Research Conference Committee from 1994 to 2001. García Coll has co-edited several books, including Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers and Nature and Nurture: The Complex Interplay of Genetic and Environmental Influences on Human Behavior and Development. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she also was a coeditor of the special issue for the journal Child Development entitled “Children and Poverty.” She is the incoming editor of Developmental Psychology and has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Harvard University (1982).


Neal Halfon is professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, and Policy Studies in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities and directs the Child and Family Health Program in the School of Public Health. He also directs the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s National Center for Infancy and Early Childhood Health Policy Research. His primary research interests include the provision of developmental services to young children, access to care for poor children, and delivery of health services to children with special health care needs, with particular interest in children who have been abused and neglected and are being cared for by the foster care system. He has published investigations of immunizations for inner-city children, the health care needs of children in foster care, trends in chronic illnesses for children, the delivery of health care services for children with asthma, as well as investigations of new models of health service delivery for high-risk children. His recent work has focused on life-course models of health development. At the National Academies, he is a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. He has an M.D. from the University of California, Davis, and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of California, San Francisco.



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