Dana Charles McCoy, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on understanding the ways that poverty-related risk factors in children's home, school, and neighborhood environments affect the development of their cognitive and socioemotional skills in early childhood. She is also interested in the development, refinement, and evaluation of early intervention programs designed to promote positive development and resilience in young children, particularly in terms of their self-regulation and executive function.
McCoy's research is centered in both domestic and international contexts, including Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary theory, causal methodology, and ecologically valid measurement. Before joining the Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty, McCoy served as an NICHD National Research Service Award post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child.
She graduated with an AB in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College and received her PhD in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis from New York University. McCoy's work has been published in journals such as Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Pediatrics, and The Lancet. She has presented her work to audiences around the world, including the WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank.
Sally Grantham-McGregor, MD, is Emeritus Professor of International Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Honorary Professor at University of the West Indies. She has served as a Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Lancet Series on Child Development in Developing Countries and of the Subcommittee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences on Nutrition and Mental Development. Grantham-McGregor was also a founding member of the Global Child Development Group, Chairman of the Subcommittee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences on Nutrition and Mental Development, Board member of the Open Society Foundation’s Early Childhood Program and a member of the Advisory Panel on Early Childhood and Readiness to Learn for the Inter-American Development Bank. She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals on the development of disadvantaged children in low and middle-income countries.
Grantham-McGregor has also been the recipient of several awards including the UNICEF Caribbean Award for Excellence in Child Research (2006), Caribbean health research Council, special award for “Outstanding achievements in research in nutrition and child development” (2002) and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK (2001). She has been a consultant to UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, PAHO, Wellcome Trust, WFP, IDB, Ford Foundation, USA among others. She has a MD from the University of London, backed by a Diploma in Public Health from the University of the West Indies and FRCP from the Royal College of Physicians, London.