Nadine Burke Harris
As a pediatrician working in the Bay View-Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Nadine Burke Harris noticed that the children who came to her clinic with health problems--including ADHD, asthma, and eczema--had histories of severe adversity. Her research has shown that exposure to violence and stress affects the developing brains and bodies of children, resulting in increased instances of substance dependence, impulse control, engagement in high-risk behavior, and heart disease or cancer. In response to her findings, Harris founded the Center for Youth Wellness which provides care coordination, mental health services, nutrition, holistic interventions, and medication when necessary. She is the author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. In Conversation with Indre Viskontas.