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Lianne Woodward, PhD
Director of Infant and Child Development Research, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Psychology in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Newborn Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Woodward is a Developmental Psychologist with over 25 years research experience working with high-risk and typically developing children in longitudinal studies. She joined the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine in March 2013 as Director of Infant and Child Development Research. Prior to this she was Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at Washington University in St Louis (2012-2013) and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Canterbury Child Development Research Group (2002- 2012) in New Zealand. Taking a life course perspective, her multidisciplinary research is aimed at understanding the developmental processes that place children at risk of adverse cognitive, educational, motor and mental health outcomes. These processes include the effects of adverse pregnancy and birth exposures, brain injury, parenting and family psychosocial adversity.




B.A., University of Canterbury, 1985
M.A., University of Canterbury, 1986
Ph.D., University of London, England, 1992



HRC Research Fellow , University of Auckland, 1993 - 1997
HRC Research Fellow , University of Otago, Christchurch, 1997 - 2001



Senior Scholar (University of Canterbury), 1985
University Grants Committee Scholarship (University of Canterbury), 1986
William Georgetti Scholarship (University of London), 1987
Commonwealth Scholarship (University of London), 1988
HRC Repatriation Fellowship (University of Otago /Auckland), 1992
Editorial Board, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1996
Assistant Editor, Journal of Adolescence, 2000 - 2004
CMRF Research Prize, Canterbury Health Research Conference, 2004
Condliffe Memorial Prize for creative distinction in letters, the fine arts or the service of humanity, 2005
HRC Liley Medal for an outstanding contribution to health and medical sciences, 2006
New Zealand Federation of Women’s Institute Research Scholarship Award, 2008
James Cook Fellowship in Social Sciences, Royal Society of New Zealand, 2009