Adolescent Consultation Services

ACS Annual Event 2014 - Honoring Jack Shonkoff, M.D.

November 19, 2014

On November 19, 2014, friends and supporters of ACS joined together at the Union Club of Boston to celebrate another year of service by ACS to court-involved youth and their families. ACS honored  Jack Shonkoff, M.D.,  for his extraordinary research into childhood brain development and the effects of long-term, complex trauma on the brain. His work has been highly influential in helping ACS understand the challenges faced by court-involved youth and their families. Dr. Shonkoff is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. 

Dr. Shonkoff was introduced by Marylou Sudders. Shortly after the event, Governor-elected Charlie Baker announced that she would be serving in his administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

In accepting his award, Dr. Shonkoff said, "In order to rescue those who have been victimized, we need to allow for understanding." He emphasized his view that adolescence represents a second window of opportunity to set a young person back on a positive trajectory. 

Thank you to all those who attended the event.