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The Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN) is a virtual collaborative network of researchers, service providers and thought leaders committed to improving health and reducing disease by advancing life course health development research.

LCRN brings together diverse expertise and perspectives to examine the origins and development of health, and to inform meaningful and evidence-based changes in practice, systems and policies affecting children and families.

Latest Research by LCRN Members

  • Issue Brief – Why Becoming a Good Parent Begins in Infancy: How Relationship Skills Are Developed throughout the Life Course Read full article
  • Research Brief: The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development Read full article
  • Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA), Version 1.0 Read full article
  • Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) in Life Course Health Development Research Read full article
  • Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis Read full article
  • Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) to Conduct Life Course Analyses Read full article

Life Course Health Development in the News

  • Brazil’s audacious plan to fight poverty using neuroscience and parents’ love (Quartz)
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  • Maternal Depression and Stunted Children: An Avoidable Reality (The World Bank)
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  • Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma (NY Times)
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  • Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis (NY Times Magazine)
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  • Age of First Exposure to Tackle Football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Annals of Neurology)
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  • Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (The Atlantic)
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