Academic Year 2016-2017

Dr. Nathan Fox

What Happens to Infants who are Abandoned?

Dr. Nathan Fox will present ground-breaking research examining the effects of abandonment and social deprivation on the developing child. If you are interested in child development, education, behavior, psychology, or neuroscience, you will benefit greatly from attending. Dr. Fox's team performed a unique experiment--taking a group of abandoned children out of orphanages in Bucharest, and placing them in foster care created for the purpose of the research. His work compares the outcomes of the children who remained in orphanages to those who were placed in foster care. Dr. Fox will discuss the short- and long-term outcomes of this intervention, on the behavior, mental health, and brain development of these children.

For more information, read the article here.                                                                                                                             To watch the archived video go here.


Nathan Fox is a Distinguished University Professor and chair of UMD's developmental science program. His research interests include: infant and child temperament; development of emotion and emotion regulation; human developmental neuroscience; and development of social cognition. Fox's expertise has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Times, The Times of India and Washington Parent. Fox has served as associate editor of Developmental Psychology and Psychophysiology and as editor of Infant Behavior and Development. He is currently associate editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development and has authored more than 100 empirical papers and 40 chapters in edited volumes.

Ph.D. Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University
B.A. Political Science, Williams College


Where: Merrill Learning Center (Library) B111
When: September 15, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.