Marc Bornstein, child development researcher, to speak at York today

Marc Bornstein is one of the preeminent developmental researchers in the world and is currently the head of the Child and Family Research program at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development in the United States. 

As a researcher, Bronstein has received numerous awards for his research from such organizations as National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the American Psychological Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the American Mensa Education & Research Foundation.

Right: Marc Bornstein

He is the co-author of the Development in Infancy book series and editor of other book series, including The Crosscurrents in Contemporary Psychology, Monographs in Parenting and Handbook of Parenting. Bornstein’s research interests include the origins, status and development of psychological constructs, structures, functions and processes in the first two years of life; the effect of child characteristics and activities on parents; and the meaning of variations in parenting and in the family across different socio-demographic and cultural groups.

Bornstein is also co-editor of a new book that York psychology Professor Maria Legerstee is publishing with University of Toronto Professor David Haley. The book, The Developing Infant Mind: Integrating Biology and Experience, will be released later this year by Guilford Press. The book offers new insights into the development of the human child by bringing together international scholars from various disciplines who study the multiple domains that contribute to social-cognitive neuroscience development.

"The work is guided by extensive research into the reciprocal role of infant core abilities and social relationships in neural and behavioral development. The interdisciplinary scientists who contribute use the latest behavioral, hormonal, genetic, and imaging technologies to discover how infants’ sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities interact in social-cognitive development," says Legerstee. "This afternoon, during his visit to York University, Dr. Borrnstein will be presenting from a chapter he is writng for the book, titled ‘Toward a Behavioral Neuroscience of Parenting’."

The reading is free and open to members of the community. It will take place today, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, in the Norman Endler Room, 163 Behavioural Sciences Building, on York’s Keele campus.

In 2008, Bornstein was recognized by the Society for Research in Child Development for his efforts in the international and cross-cultural realm with its Distinguished International Contributions to Child Development Award. In just the last three years, Bornstein has published at least five books, 42 book chapters and 61 papers.

The reading is supported with a grant from the York Seminar in Advance Research from the Office of the Vice-President of Research & Innovation.