ACF’s Mark Greenberg Visits NEL

by Megan Zhang

On March 21st, the Neuroscience and Education Lab had the honor of hosting Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), for a lab visit.

During Mr. Greenberg’s visit, we discussed the progress we have made in the ABC Project and presented preliminary findings on the correlation between caregivers’ self-reported experience with partner conflict and their performance on a task called Dot Probe. Dot Probe is a test designed to assess selective attention to threatening versus non-threatening stimuli. We hoped the test would help determine the strength of participants’ “executive functions,” such as working memory, attention, and problem-solving.

We also had an in-depth discussion with Mr. Greenberg regarding the role of research in Early Head Start, an ACF initiative that aims to provide support in the realm of child development and family services to low-income families. We then visited the Children’s Aid Society site in East Harlem, where supervising staff discussed their experiences with implementing the PALS (a parenting intervention that is a component of the ABC Project) curriculum for treatment families.

We are grateful for the opportunity to have hosted Mark Greenberg at our lab and look forward to hosting him again.