Christine Junhui Liu Awarded Science and Innovation Fellowship

October 20, 2020
Christine Liu

SHBT Student Christine Junhui Liu was among four Harvard doctoral students awarded Science and Innovation Fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  Her research aims to increase understanding of the neural mechanisms of auditory plasticity. She want to find new ways to stimulate brain rewiring for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. She seeks to understand the impact of early sound and language on child brain development and to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Christine received a B.A. in neuroscience and a B.M. in music theory from Northwestern University. Her mentor is Anne E. Takesian, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Each Science and Innovation Fellow will receive a grant to support her or his independent dissertation research. The Fellowship was created with the aim of creating a new generation of leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice settings to make research actionable. The Fellowship program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each Fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.

About the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. We believe that advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life. Founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. We design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders.

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