Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, and Robert A. Saul, MD, FAAP, FACMG
“Thinking Developmentally is a must-read primer for anyone caring for or about children. I learned so much from reading this book. Drs Garner and Saul synthesize the latest neuroscience and developmental research and translate it into clear and practical advice. We are in a moment of national awakening to the lifelong effects of childhood adversity. Thinking Developmentally offers an evidence-based road map for building a healthier future for the next generation.”
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity
Lifelong health is rooted in childhood experiences. Thinking Developmentally presents a clinical framework for understanding the impact of toxic stress and both adverse and affiliative childhood experiences on development. It makes a compelling case that many diseases of adulthood are not adult-onset, but rather adult-manifest, based on genetic and epigenetic consequences from early childhood experiences.
Garner and Saul examine the needs of children and the role of parents, caregivers, the community, and medical practitioners in ensuring that children have safe, stable, and nurturing relationships. They explore community empowerment and offer suggestions for applying developmental science to help bring about healthy children, nurturing families, and caring communities.
Robert A. Saul, MD, FAAP, FACMG
A Chicago native and graduate of Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Robert A. Saul, MD, FAAP, FACMG, completed pediatric training at Duke University Medical Center and genetic training at the Greenwood Genetic Center. He is currently the Medical Director of General Pediatrics, Senior Medical Director of Medicaid Practices, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville.
Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP
Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a graduate of Swarthmore College and a product of both the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Garner has practiced primary care pediatrics with University Hospitals Medical Practices in Cleveland since 2000. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the CWRU School of Medicine, and a Faculty Associate with the Schubert Center for Child Studies. As a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Dr. Garner co-authored the AAP’s Policy Statement and Technical Report on childhood toxic stress. He has also served the AAP as the Chair of the Leadership Workgroup on Early Brain and Child Development, and as a member of the Leadership Workgroups on Epigenetics and Poverty.
“The authors do a good job in meeting their goal of blending science with a call to action for advocacy and future work in this area. It could serve as a springboard for collaborative action by pediatric and community leaders. We recommend Thinking Developmentally to anyone who wants to learn about the importance of development and take action to improve the health of the next generation.” –The Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics