Natalie Slopen, ScD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child. She completed her doctorate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health in May, 2010. Her research focuses on disparities in health, and how early life conditions influence mental and physical health over the life course. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Natalie is researching the biological and psychological effects of early stress, and the mechanisms by which these experiences are embedded to create long-term mental and physical health risks. The long-term goal of this work is to identify processes and conditions that can be targeted by interventions in order to reduce health disparities and promote child health.