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Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff

Doctor, professor at Harvard University

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. is Professor of Child Health and Development, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

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Separated families and the urgency of the ticking clock

Toxic stress is about the ticking clock of persistent biological disruptions in the absence of a supportive caregiver. The biology of adversity, common sense and human decency all converge around two powerful conclusions: Reunite every child and parent immediately; and provide coordinated treatment for both of them together to begin to heal the damage that we have done.