Prof. Ruth Feldman is director of the Center for Developmental Social Neuroscience and holds the Simms/Mann Chair on the Developing Brain.
Prof. Feldman directs the Irving B. Harris community clinic for young children and parents and the internship in early childhood clinical psychology.
Her research focuses on the neurobiology of human attachments, processes of biobehavioral synchrony, and the biology of resilience.
Her studies on the role of oxytocin, the parental brain, and the neuroscience of empathy have been instrumental in describing the biological basis of human social collaboration.
In several birth-to-adulthood studies Prof. Feldman mapped the long-term effects of premature birth, maternal depression, and chronic trauma on brain and behavior. Dr. Feldman was named a highly-cited researcher by Web of Science, World Expert in parenting research by experts cape, and is the recipient of the 2020 EMET prize in psychology.