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Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Education, Rossier School of Education; Assistant Pro­fes­sor of Psychology, Brain and Cre­ativ­ity Institute, University of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia   Web­site  |  Pub­li­ca­tions  |  Bio

Bio: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is an affec­tive neu­ro­sci­en­tist and human devel­op­ment psy­chol­o­gist who stud­ies the neural, psy­chophys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal bases of social emo­tion, self-awareness and cul­ture and their impli­ca­tions for devel­op­ment and schools. She is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tion at the Rossier School of Edu­ca­tion, an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­ogy at the Brain and Cre­ativ­ity Insti­tute, and a mem­ber of the Neu­ro­science Grad­u­ate Pro­gram Fac­ulty at the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. She was for­merly a post­doc­toral fel­low at USC under the men­tor­ship of Robert Rueda and Anto­nio Damasio.

Immordino-Yang has an NSF CAREER award and is the inau­gural recip­i­ent of the Award for Trans­form­ing Edu­ca­tion through Neu­ro­science. She and her co-authors received the 2010 Coz­zarelli Prize from the U.S. National Acad­emy of Sci­ences for the most dis­tin­guished paper of the year in the behav­ioral and social sci­ences cat­e­gory, for the paper, “Neural cor­re­lates of admi­ra­tion and com­pas­sion.” PNAS, 106(19), 8021–8026. In 2011 she was named a “Ris­ing Star” by the Asso­ci­a­tion for Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence, and received a Com­men­da­tion from the County of Los Ange­les for com­mit­ment to trans­la­tional research in neu­ro­science and edu­ca­tion. In 2012 she received an honor coin from the U.S. ARMY for edu­ca­tional con­tri­bu­tions toward sup­port­ing sol­diers’ devel­op­ment of cul­tural lit­er­acy and compassion.

Immordino-Yang is the Asso­ciate Edi­tor for North Amer­ica for the award-winning jour­nal Mind, Brain and Edu­ca­tion. She is on the edi­to­r­ial boards of Jour­nal of Exper­i­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy and Cul­ture and Brain. She was elected to the gov­ern­ing board of the Inter­na­tional Mind, Brain and Edu­ca­tion Soci­ety, and serves on mul­ti­ple school/educational advi­sory boards, among them Long Trail School (in VT), the Ross School Inno­va­tion Lab: Sci­ence, Math and Engi­neer­ing Acad­emy (in NY), and the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico Fam­ily Devel­op­ment Pro­gram. She has served as a sci­en­tific mentor/adviser to sev­eral Los Ange­les schools/districts, among them Troy High School, Marl­boro School, Man­hat­tan Beach Schools and Milken Acad­emy. In 2012 she is launch­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive research project with ABC Uni­fied School Dis­trict, Cer­ri­tos Col­lege, Row­land Uni­fied School Dis­trict, and Hunt­ing­ton Park High School.

A for­mer junior high school teacher, Immordino-Yang earned her doc­tor­ate at the Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Grad­u­ate School of Edu­ca­tion, where she was the recip­i­ent of grants from the Spencer Foun­da­tion and the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Women Edu­ca­tional Foun­da­tion. She lec­tures nation­ally and abroad on the neural and psy­choso­cial impli­ca­tions of brain and cog­ni­tive sci­ence research for cur­ricu­lum and ped­a­gogy. She is the con­tent direc­tor for a new online, free course for teach­ers on learn­ing and the brain, funded by the Annen­berg Media Foun­da­tion (www.learner.org/courses/neuroscience).