All workshops (except when noted) will be held on Mondays from 10:30am to 11:50am in Room 224 at the Harris School of Public Policy, 1155 E. 60th Street.

Questions should be directed to CHPPP Associate Director, Keri Lintz,

The Workshop on Human Potential is one of the core intellectual activities of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. It is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students, post docs, and faculty whose work concerns behavior, health, and well-being across the lifespan and the ways in which technology and public policy shape human potential and achievement. The Workshop has active members in the areas of the social, behavioral, health, and policy sciences.

The Workshop on Human Potential alternates between two types of sessions. Not only do we regularly invite outside speakers for a traditional "workshop" presentation, but we also provide a forum for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students to present research-in-progress in order to receive critical and constructive feedback.

Fall 2013   |   Winter 2014   |   Spring 2014   |   Previous Years

Fall 2013

October 14Pedro Bernal Lara, Doctoral Student and CHPPP Dissertation Fellow, Chicago Harris
Maternal Care and Health Insurance: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment   More>
October 21David Deming, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings  More >
October 28Robert Breunig, Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Child Care and Female Labour Supply in Australia More >
November 4Joseph P. Price, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Brigham Young University
Habit Formation in Children: The Impact of Incentive Duration on Long-Run Behavior Change  More>
November 11Philip Oreopoulos, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
Pathways to Education: An Integrated Approach to Helping At-Risk High School Students  More >
November 18No workshop.
November 25Maria Rosales Rueda, Doctoral Student and CHPPP Dissertation Fellow, Chicago Harris
Impact of Early-Life Shocks on Human Capital Formation: Evidence from El Niño in Ecuador  More >
December 2Anna Aizer, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Department of Economics, Brown University
The Long-Term Impact of Welfare: Evidence from the Mothers Pension Program
More >

Winter 2014

January 6No workshop.
January 13Thomas McDade, Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Birth Weight, Breastfeeding, and Chronic Inflammation: Early Origins of Health Disparities Among Young Adults in the U.S. More >
January 20No workshop-MLK Holiday.
January 27Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth
Breaking the Glass? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway More >
February 3Melissa Gilliam, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division; and Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago
South Side Stories: Using Digital Stories to Advance Research and Policy More >
February 10NaYoung Rim, Doctoral Student, Chicago Harris
Professional Development and Teacher Effectiveness: Lessons from a Large-Scale Randomized Experiment More >
February 17Kate Keenan, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago
Modulation of Prenatal Stress via Fatty Acid Supplementation: Implications for Child Mental Health More >
February 24
Room 289B
Harris School
Co-Sponsored with Workshop on Education
Dana Suskind, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Section of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program UChicago Medicine; Director and Principal Investigator, Thirty Million Words Initiative
Thirty Million Words: Development of a Novel Parent Directed Intervention More >
March 3Elise Chor, Doctoral Student, Chicago Harris
Head Start's Intergenerational Potential: Do Program Impacts Vary by Mother's Head Start Participation? More >
March 10Robert Metcalfe, Postdoctoral Scholar, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago
The Use of Financial and Non-Financial Incentives to Improve Educational Attainment: Evidence from a Large Field Experiment  More >

Spring 2014

March 31No workshop.
April 7No workshop.
April 14No workshop.
April 21Sara Jaffee, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Under What Conditions Do Harsh and Non-Supportive Environments Affect Children’s Physiological and Behavioral Development?: Results from the Children’s Experiences and Development Study  More >
April 28Lisa Gennetian, Senior Researcher, NBER; Research Affiliate, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, NYU
The Next Income Experiment More >
May 5Lauren Sartain, Doctoral Student, Chicago Harris
Does National Board Certification Improve Teaching? Evidence from Chicago High Schools  More >
May 12Sebastian Gallegos, Doctoral Student, Chicago Harris
Long Run Educational Mobility in a Developing Country
More >
May 19Pablo Celhay, Doctoral Student, Chicago Harris
An Evaluation of a Non-Experimental CCT for Maternal and Child Health in Bolivia  More>
May 26No workshop-Memorial Day.
June 2Leroy Andersland, PhD Research Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Bergen; Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Human Potential and Public Policy
Causes and Consequences of Biased Grading at School in Norway  More >