Judy Cameron PhD

University of Pittsburgh
Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director of Outreach, School of Medicine

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

For 10 years, Dr. Judy Cameron was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development, and she is currently a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, and of the Scientific Council of the Child Mind Institute. 

Dr. Cameron’s research focuses on the effects of everyday life stresses on long-term health. Areas of interest include the interaction between genetic factors and early life experiences on shaping behavioral development, identification of factors that lead to stress sensitivity versus stress resilience, and effects of exercise on neuroprotection. She has a long-term interest in understanding the interactions between physical health and mental health.

Dr. Cameron’s newest research initiative is Working for Kids: Building SkillsTM, which is a novel community-based program that teaches the fundamentals of brain development to those who work with children at a community level. This initiative provides a community training program and is evaluating the effect of this intervention on the health repercussions of having adverse childhood experiences, including effects on EEG, sleep, and biomarkers of oxidative stress.


Early Brain & Biological Development 2011
Recovery from Addiction 2012
Accelerating Innovation 2013, 2014