Our Advisory Council

We are fortunate to receive counsel, advice and guidance from a distinguished and growing advisory team.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

First Surgeon General of California, Pediatrician, ACEs Pioneer
California Gov. Gavin Newsom named pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pioneer in the study of ACEs, as the state’s first surgeon general. Burke Harris is the founder of the San Francisco-based clinic Center for Youth Wellness, serving as its CEO for the past six years.


Burke Harris has also played a big role in bringing the science of ACEs to a wider audience. In 2016 she was awarded the Heinz Award for the Human Condition, and last year, her book about ACEs,“The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity,” was featured on NPR and in the New York Times.

Her September 2014 TED Talk, “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime,” has been viewed nearly 5 million times.

Karestan Koenen, M.A., PH.D

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Harvard University
Dr. Koenen’s research on PTSD focuses on why some people are more resilient to trauma than others and how the effects of trauma alter long-term physical health. She is also dedicated to expanding access to evidence-based mental health treatment for survivors of violence and trauma.


Dr. Koenen is a co-principal investigator on the NIMH-funded AURORA study, led by Dr. Samuel McLean with Drs. Ronald Kessler and Kerry Ressler. She also co-leads the PTSD working group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which aims to identify genetic variants that increase risk and resilience following trauma exposure.
Dr. Koenen co-wrote the book, “Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life” with Drs. Marylene Cloitre and Lisa Cohen.

Dr. Richard Krugman

Chairman of the Board, End CAN
Dr. Richard Krugman is one of the preeminent experts and scholars in the field of child abuse and neglect in this country. Dr. Krugman, Dick as many know him, is a pediatrician and Distinguished University Professor at The Kempe Center. He is the former Director of The Kempe Center and served as both Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
In the 1970’s, Dr. Krugman served an appointment with the Public Health Service at the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Washington D.C. Most notably, Krugman headed the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect from 1988-1991.
Throughout his career he has authored over 100 original papers, chapters, and editorials, along with six books. After retiring as Dean, Dr. Krugman co-founded EndCAN — a longtime dream shared with Lori Poland — to help shift the perception of child abuse from being a social and legal matter to a public health issue.

Dr. W. Thomas Boyce

Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
W. Thomas Boyce is a pediatrician and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously, he was
Associate Dean for Research in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the BC Leadership Chair in Child Development at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is past co-
director of the Child and Brain Development Program for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, is a member of the JPB Foundation Research Network on Toxic Stress in Children,
served on the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academies of Science, and was elected in 2011 to the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Boyce’s research addresses individual differences in children’s biological susceptibility to social contexts, such as the family, classroom and community. His work, which has generated
over 200 scientific publications, demonstrates that a subset of children (“orchid children”) show exceptional biological sensitivity to their social environments and bear higher risks of illness and developmental disorders in settings of adversity and stress. Taken together, findings from his research suggest that supportive and responsive early environments have powerful effects on children’s health and well being. This work is the subject of his 2019 book entitled “The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive” (Knopf).

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