Megan Gunnar PhD

University of Minnesota
Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor

University of Minnesota
Institue of Child Development


Council Member, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Dr. Megan R. Gunnar, from the University of Minnesota, is a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development. She has spent her career studying how infants and young children respond to potentially stressful situations. With her students, she has documented the powerful role that relationships play in regulating stress physiology in young children and the impact that early deprivation has on neurobehavioral development. She is the Director of the Institute of Child Development and the Associate Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University of Minnesota. She is a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s program on Experienced- based Brain and Biological Development and a core member of Harvard’s National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.