Teachers College, Columbia UniversityResearch focus: Socioeconomic inequality and children's cognitive and brain development
Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, she studies how socioeconomic inequality relates to children's cognitive and brain development.
Her work examines socioeconomic disparities in cognitive development, as well as brain structure and function, across infancy, childhood and adolescence. She is particularly interested in understanding how early in infancy or toddlerhood such disparities develop, the modifiable environmental differences that account for these disparities, and the ways we might harness this research to inform the design of interventions.
Along with a multidisciplinary team from around the country, she is currently planning the first clinical trial of poverty reduction to assess the causal impact of income supplementation on children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development in the first three years of life. She hopes that this work will inform debates on the generosity of social service programs that affect millions of economically disadvantaged families with young children.
Dr. Noble was a recipient of the 2017 Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, and her work has received worldwide attention in the popular press. Visit Dr. Noble’s Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development Lab.
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