Project BrainHeart

Illustrated brain development research


Project BrainHeart is joining the efforts of several organizations and people. On this page we will link to their relevant programs and contacts.


Reproductive health and rights

  • Planned Parenthood & IPPF
  • Population Action International (PAI)
  • Guttmacher Institute
  • UN Population Fund
  • FP 2020
  • National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Early Childhood Development

  • Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Bernard Van Leer Foundation
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation: its Kids Count Data Center is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States
  • Roots of Empathy
  • UNICEF: campaigns #EatPlayLove and #EarlyMomentsMatter
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization
  • Lancet:


  • Safe and Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center): where I have volunteered at the therapeutic Playroom and at the parental crisis TALKline
  • Homeless Prenatal Program
  • Child First
  • Zero to Three
  • Center for Youth Wellness
  • others


Thought leaders on early childhood mental development

  1. Dr Bruce D. Perry, psychiatrist, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health, Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Texas, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine in Chicago.
  2. Dr Jack P. Schonkoff – Professor of Child Health and Development at Harvard; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
  3. Pr Allan Schore, neuropsychologist and researcher, UCLA School of Medicine, and UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development
  4. Pr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, and UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development
  5. Pr J Alan Sroufe, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, focuses on socio-emotional development and developmental psychopathology

Attachment and trauma

  1. Dr. Daniel Hughes, founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, focuses on attachment disorders in foster children – but applicable to all children
  2. Dr Bessel van der Kolk – Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and author, has focused on the effects of developmental trauma
  3. Dr. Chaya Kulkarni – Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
  4. Dr Gabor Mate, Canadian physician focuses on developmental psychology and addictions. My favorite talk of his links very compellingly childhood trauma with adult addictions.

Early learning

  1. Dr. Anne Fernald, Stanford biology professor, focuses on the early development of communication and language (August 2014 TEDxMonterey talk)
  2. Dr Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at Berkeley. She is known for her work in the areas of cognitive and language development
  3. Pr. Patricia Kuhl, Co-Director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
  4. Dr Jill Stamm – cofounder of New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development (NDI) in Arizona’s Children Association family of agencies, and associate clinical professor at Arizona State’s Department of Psychology in Education
  5. Pr Joan Stiles – Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego


  1. Dr. Daniel Amen
  2. Pr. David J Anderson, professor at CalTech, focuses on the neurobiology of emotion (January 2013 TEDxCalTech Talk)
  3. others

Social entrepreneurs in the field

  1. Dr Terrie Rose, psychologist, entrepreneur and Ashoka fellow, founder of Baby’s Space (TEDxTC talk, January 2011)
  2. Catherine Hoke, founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth.
  3. others


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