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2004–05 American Fellow Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., Developmental Neuropsychology

2004–05 American Fellow Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., Developmental Neuropsychology

May 07, 2014

When Mary Helen Immordino-Yang found out she won her 2004–05 American Fellowship, she was opening mail in the foyer outside her sleeping daughter’s bedroom. “Needless to say, I screamed in a whisper!” she told us.

At the time, Immordino-Yang was earning her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She used the funds to help cover living and child care expenses while she wrote her dissertation. She and her husband had a young daughter at home, and “I was pregnant that year with our second child — he was born 48 hours after I handed in the final copies of my dissertation! So having the time to buckle down and finish before our second baby came was very helpful.”

Immordino-Yang is an affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist. She studies how the emotional parts of the brain relate to social awareness and development, and what that means for school systems. She has met with great success in her field since her fellowship year, and she was honored with the prestigious American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award in April 2014. This award is given to professionals who are fewer than 10 years out from receiving their doctorate degree and who show a strong and successful commitment to studying education. Immordino-Yang has also received numerous other awards and recognitions for her work.

Immordino-Yang spoke at the 2013 National Scholarship Providers Association, and we were happy to be there to meet her! An engaging speaker who is as passionate about her work as she is knowledgeable, she makes an excellent educator, and she currently fills several roles at the University of Southern California: associate professor of education at the Rossier School of Education, associate professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and member of the neuroscience graduate program faculty.

With a new cohort of bright, driven fellows in our program each year, we think it’s exciting to look back and see how each scholar uses their award to best fit their needs.

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang’s fellowship was sponsored by the AAUW Aurora (IL) Branch and Alice F. Palmer American Fellowships.



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