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Science Ambassador Lecturer Biography

    The Sponge Years: Cognitive and Behavioral Development During Early Childhood

    This presentation explained the relationship between cognitive and behavioral development, the relationship between physical and social environments and brain development, and the fundamentals of early childhood brain development. This session also elaborated on risk and protective factors for developmental disorders.

    Carla White, MPH

    Ms. Carla White is a Health Scientist on the Child Development Studies Team at CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities. Her work focuses on advancing NCBDDD’s initiative to promote cognitive, social and emotional developmental health in children and adolescents; expanding CDC’s Child Development Web site; and assisting with other team projects and research. Prior to joining CDC in 2001, Ms. White worked with children with special needs, homeless and runaway teenagers, and practiced as a New Mexico Licensed Midwife for several years. Raised in New York City, Ms. White earned her MPH in 2000 in Population and Family Health at the Columbia University School of Public Health.

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