2019 Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank



The Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank is an annual convening of leading neuroscientists from around the world who present to, and engage with, a select group of 500 stakeholders who can directly impact policy and practice in early child development. 

For our 2019 Think Tank, we took an interdisciplinary approach and brought together a range of researchers to showcase cutting-edge science related to children ages 0-3. 

The 2019 Think Tank Theme, “Rituals, Routines & Body Rhythms: The Simple and Profound Impacts of When We Eat, Sleep, and Play for Health Across the Lifespan” emphasized the importance of the circadian rhythm in everyday routines.

The Think Tank was also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of leaders in the field of 0-3 through the Whole Child Awards which we presented to three leaders in community leadership, medicine and education.

(click on the topic to see a video of the presentation)

The Simms/Mann Institute is proud to announce the 2019 Whole Child Awards to honor leaders who pursue a whole child approach in their work. This year, the Simms/Mann Institute expanded the Whole Child Award to honor extraordinary individuals from a variety of sectors.  Specifically, we looked for individuals who made a significant impact in the zero to three space as medical clinicians (OB/GYNs, pediatricians, or nurses), nonprofit/community leaders, or educational champions

Our 2019 Whole Child Award Winners are:

Samuel Meisels, EdD, Expert on early childhood assessment and child development and Founding Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska.

David Schonfeld, MD, Developmental-behavioral Pediatrician in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB). He holds a joint appointment at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory.

Click to see the Whole Child Award Panel Discussion

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