Nadine Burke Harris

Founder and CEO,
Center for Youth Wellness

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and a pioneer in the field of medicine. She is a leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. By revealing the science behind childhood adversity, she offers a new way to understand the adverse events that affect all of us throughout our lifetimes.

As the founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness, Burke Harris has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach to audiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics and Google Zeitgeist. Her TED Talk, “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime,” has been viewed more than two million times, and her work has been profiled in The New Yorker, in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character” and in Jamie Redford’s feature film, “Resilience.”

Burke Harris serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative championed by the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation to improve the lives of children ages birth to five.