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Thinking Developmentally


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: The Pediatric Way
  • Part I: Advances in Developmental Science
  • Chapter 1: Life Course Science and the Proverbial "Black Box"
  • Chapter 2: Defining Adversity and Toxic Stress
  • Chapter 3: Epigenetics
  • Chapter 4: Developmental Neuroscience
  • Chapter 5: Thinking Developmentally
  • Part II: Translating Developmental Science Into Practice and Policy
  • Chapter 6: The Biological Needs of Children
  • Chapter 7: Supporting Parents and Caregivers
  • Chapter 8: The Role of Communities
  • Chapter 9: The Role of Pediatric Care
  • Chapter 10: Implications for Pediatric Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Epilogue: Hopes and Dreams
  • Appendix A: Glossary of Terms, Concepts, and Abbreviations
  • Appendix B: Abridged, Amended Version of the AAP Blueprint for Children

About the Author

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a graduate of Swarthmore College and a product of both the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Garner has practiced primary care pediatrics with University Hospitals Medical Practices in Cleveland since 2000. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the CWRU School of Medicine, and a Faculty Associate with the Schubert Center for Child Studies. As a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Dr. Garner co-authored the AAP's Policy Statement and Technical Report on childhood toxic stress. He has also served the AAP as the Chair of the Leadership Workgroup on Early Brain and Child Development, and as a member of the Leadership Workgroups on Epigenetics and Poverty. In addition to cherishing some quality time with his wife (Sharon), son (Timothy), daughter (Deborah), and dog (Bear), Dr. Garner likes to fish, hike, canoe, and watch baseball.

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Bob Saul graduated from Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) and from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in genetics at the Greenwood Genetic Center. He was in Greenwood, SC from 1979 until 2013 at the Greenwood Genetic Center and also practiced pediatrics for 24 years. He is currently the Medical Director of General Pediatrics, Senior Medical Director of Medicaid Practices, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital, Greenville Health System and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville. He was the Chair of the Section on Genetics and Birth Defects and the Committee on Genetics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as project co-director of the AAP Genetics in Primary Care Institute. He serves on the AAP National Conference and Exhibition Planning Group. He edited the AAP policy manual Medical Genetics in Pediatric Practice, which received an honorable mention in the American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Awards for 2014. He was recently accepted into membership of the American Pediatric Society.


"The authors do a good job in meeting their goal of blending science with a call to action for advocacy and future work in this area. It could serve as a springboard for collaborative action by pediatric and community leaders. We recommend Thinking Developmentally to anyone who wants to learn about the importance of development and take action to improve the health of the next generation." -The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

"Thinking Developmentally is a must-read primer for anyone caring for or about children. I learned so much from reading this book. Drs Garner and Saul synthesize the latest neuroscience and developmental research and translate it into clear and practical advice. We are in a moment of national awakening to the lifelong effects of childhood adversity. Thinking Developmentally offers an evidence-based road map for building a healthier future for the next generation."

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

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