is founder and Director of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at Women & Infants Hospital, and Brown Medical School. The Center provides research and clinical services for infants at risk and their families as well as research and clinical training.
Dr. Lester received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University in 1973. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. His specialty is developmental processes in infants at risk, including infants with prenatal substance exposure. He is particularly interested in the interplay between the biological, parenting, and social environmental forces that drive development.
His research has been supported by NIH grants for over 30 years. A past member of NIH study sections, Dr. Lester is currently a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. He is past president of the International Association for Infant Mental Health. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and 16 books.