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Craig Ramey, PhD
How the Earliest Experiences in Life Affect a Baby’s Brain and Behavior [Brain School 2015 seminar]
Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Craig Ramey, a professor and Distinguished Research Scholar at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will wrap up Brain School 2015 on March 25, with his talk, “How the Earliest Experiences in Life Affect a Baby’s Brain and Behavior.” Ramey studies how early education can influence the cognitive and social development of children.
About the Speaker:
How early should early education start? Dr. Craig Ramey first posed that question more than 40 years ago, and the research he pioneered then is still yielding critical answers.
In 1972, Dr. Ramey launched the Abecedarian Project to understand the long-term effects of early education on the cognitive and social development of children.
The first Abecedarian Project study, launched with 112 children from families living well below the poverty line, revealed that children who received early education—coupled with a high-quality nutrition plan, pediatric care, and social work services—were more likely to score within a normal IQ range. Abecedarian program graduates also tend to have better math and reading skills, are more likely to have graduated from high school and college, and are more likely to be employed full time. They are less likely to become pregnant as teenagers, to smoke or use drugs, or to report depression.
Before joining the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute as a professor and distinguished research scholar in 2011, Dr. Ramey was the Georgetown University Distinguished Professor of Health Studies and Psychiatry. He trained at the University of West Virginia and the University of California at Berkeley before serving as director of research at the Frank Porter Graham Child Developmental Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.