Megan R Gunnar PhD
- Regents Professor
- Director (Chair), Institute of Child Development
- Associate Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development
- Interim Director, Center for Early Education and Development
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Megan Gunnar received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Stanford University and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in stress neurobiology at Stanford Medical School. In 1979 she came to the U of M as an Assistant Professor moving through the ranks to Full Professor by 1990. Professor Gunnar has spent her career studying how stress affects human brain and behavioral development and the processes that help children regulate stress. She is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, Division 7 Developmental Psychology, and the Society for Research in Child Development and a lifetime mentor award from the Association for Psychological Science. Nationally she is a member of the Harvard National Scientific Council on the Developing Child that translates developmental science into language that communicates with policy makers. Internationally she is a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's Program on Child and Brain Development, a group working on how early experiences 'gets under the skin' to influence lifelong health and well-being. In addition, she chairs the Research Advisory Council for the Minnesota Children's Museum and is a consultant on stress and development for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.