Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on childhood adversity and its lifelong health effects. A pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Burke Harris has pioneered the development of new approaches to diagnosing and treating toxic stress. She has brought scientific discoveries that could change millions of lives to audiences at Google Zeitgeist, the American Academy of Pediatrics and people around the world.
Burke Harris’ TED Talk, “I was thinking too small,” has been viewed more than 1.6 million times. It focused worldwide attention on the issue of childhood adversity and its link to killer diseases. Burke Harris’ work has been profiled in the New Yorker and in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.”
Dr. Burke Harris serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative championed by the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. She also serves as an advisor on Governor Brown’s Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force and as a committee member for the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Burke Harris and the Center for Youth Wellness have joined the University of California Benioff Children’s Hospital (San Francisco & Oakland) in the first-ever research collaborative on toxic stress to identify the best treatment approaches and discover its predictive biomarkers.
With partners and allies, Dr. Burke Harris and the Center are also spearheading a national public education campaign to get that message out on early adversity to parents and pediatricians across the country, just as previous campaigns did for seatbelts and secondhand smoke.