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Charles Nelson, PhD


Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Director, Developmental Medicine Center, Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital


Developmental Medicine


Boston Children's Hospital
Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience
1 Autumn Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215






Dr. Nelson is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who focuses the bulk of his work on early brain-behavioral development. His broader interests include the development and neural bases of memory and of face/object processing, in both typically developing infants and children and those at risk for developing impairments in memory and in face processing. He also has specific interests in experience-dependent changes in brain development, with sub interests in the effects of early biological adversity (e.g., early brain injury; prematurity) and early psychosocial adversity (e.g., institutional rearing) on early brain development. He currently oversees two ambitious longitudinal investigations: a randomized clinical trial of foster care as an intervention for early institutionalization; and the study of infants at high risk for developing autism. His laboratory employs a variety of tools, including high density EEG, ERP, NIRS, eye tracking, and fMRI.

The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials - U19 MH108206
Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with ASD - R01 MH100028
Effects of Early Psychosocial Deprivation on Mental Health in Adolescence - R01 MH091363