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Tisch Lecturer

‌Teachers College would like to welcome Dr. Nathan A. Fox as this year's Tisch scholar.

Nathan A. Fox is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. He conducts research on the effects of early experience on brain and behavioral development in infants and children. He has studied the biological bases of social and emotional behavior developing methods for assessing brain activity in infants and young children during tasks designed to elicit a range of emotions. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health where he was awarded a MERIT award for excellence of his research program. He is one of three Principal Investigators on the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Dr. Fox was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Investigator Award from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was editor of Infant Behavior and Development and served as Associate Editor of Psychophysiology, Developmental Psychology and the International Journal of Behavioral Development. He is a founding member of the National Scientific Council for the Developing Child.

Please keep an eye on the Event Calendar and join us for a special colloquium by Dr. Fox later on this Fall!

Lecturer Background

The Distinguished Tisch Lecture, made possible by the generosity of Laurie M. Tisch, aims to support a visiting lecturer speaking about a topic considered important to the future of education in the broadest sense.

Laurie M. Tisch is the founder of the Tisch Foundation, which supports the arts, art in education, educational reform, and efforts to improve the quality of life in New York City.  Ms. Tisch is Vice Chair of the Teachers College Board of Trustees.

The Tisch Lecture began in Academic Year 2000-2001 with Dr. Bernard R. Gifford serving as the inaugural lecturer.


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