Reducing childhood poverty’s toxic effects

Poverty can make it difficult for children to succeed, both as kids and as adults, according to Scott Delaney, a doctoral student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Delaney is examining how to reduce the negative effects of childhood poverty.

Research by Delaney, a 2018-19 Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellow, was featured in an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) article on June 18, 2019. The Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship was created in 2016 through a partnership between Harvard and the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which was founded by professional tennis player Novak Djokovic and which invests in early childhood education. The Fellowship supports advanced doctoral students whose research focuses on early childhood health, learning, and behavior. This year, Delaney is one of three fellows.

“Growing up poor can be really challenging, but there are also very tangible, very effective ways of reducing or even eliminating the toxic effects of poverty and adversity,” Delaney told ATP.

The article also mentioned Jack Shonkoff, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at Harvard Chan School and director of the Center on the Developing Child, who was instrumental in establishing the partnership between the Djokovic Foundation and Harvard.

Read the ATP article: Novak Partners With Harvard To Defeat ‘Toxic Effects Of Child Poverty’