Mary Young is a pediatrician and public health specialist. She is currently a senior advisor to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University; coleader for early childhood interventions at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Chicago; and a senior fellow at the China Development Research Foundation.
Prior to joining the World Bank in 1989, Young was in private pediatrics practice. Young worked for many years at the World Bank as lead child development specialist in the human development network and then transferred to the World Bank Institute. Her operational experience includes projects in over 25 countries throughout the world.
Young’s recent publications and edited works include: Investing in Young Children, Early Child Development: Investing in the Future (1997), From Early Child Development to Human Development (2001), Early Child Development: From Measurement to Action (2007); the Lancet series on early childhood development (2007), and Early Childhood Development in China (2012).
Young received her BS (summa cum laude) and MD from the University of Wisconsin, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Young is certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and by the American Academy of Preventive Medicine.