Charles A. Nelson, PhD

Charles A. Nelson, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Research Roles/Affiliations

Director of Research, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital;

Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Education, Harvard University;

Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital

Contact Information

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
2 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA  02445


Relevant Links

Nelson Bio

Nelson Lab



Bucharest Early Intervention Project

The Bangladesh Early Adversity Neuroimaging Project


My laboratory employs a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging tools, including eye-tracking, EEG, ERP, fNIRS, sMRI, and fMRI. There are three lines of research currently ongoing in my laboratory. One line of work focuses on trajectories to autism, with a particular focus on populations at high risk for developing autism (e.g., infants with an older sibling with autism; children with various single gene mutations that appear to confer risk for developing autism). A second line focuses on the effects of early adversity on brain and behavioral development, including exposure to both psychosocial and biological adversities. The final line of study focuses on the development and neural bases of processing social information (e.g., facial emotion) and their relation to the development of internalizing disorders, particularly anxiety. 

Research Interests

Developmental cognitive neuroscience

Neurodevelopmental disorders


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