Laura Jana

Laura Jana

Laura Jana

Chief Innovation Officer, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC)


Dr Laura Jana is a pediatrician, social entrepreneur and award-winning author now on faculty at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center, having previously served as Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska College of Public Health. She has a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology (University of Michigan) and a medical degree (Case Western Reserve University). Early in her career, Dr Jana collaborated with Dr Benjamin Spock and co-founded one of the first online health/parenting websites. In addition to pediatric practice, she founded her own consulting company, was 10-year owner/operator of a private educational childcare center, received a 40 Under 40 Business Award, and became internationally recognized as a trusted consultant for parents, news media, academic and government organizations, non-profits and corporations alike. Dr Jana is currently a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, head of Mattel’s medical advisory council, consultant to Primrose Schools – a $1B US-based system of educational childcare centers, member of Ready Nation/Council for a Strong America’s Speakers Bureau, and blogger for US News & World Report. As author of 31 books, her latest, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow, focuses on the strategic cultivation of 21st Century skills, the focus of her latest startup and more than 120 talks/keynotes (including 2 TED talks) addressing a wide range of cross-sector audiences – from the World Forum on Early Childhood, Delhi Public Schools, and Early Childhood Australia to the US Chamber of Commerce, the World Bank, and the British Parliament.

Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Team

Bethany Shaw

Assistant Director of Data Accelerator Compliance

Emily Warthman

Director of Policy Operations, Research Translation Platform

Beth Long

Director of Research & Evaluation, Research Translation Platform

Rachel Storace

Associate Director of Program Operations, Research Translation Platform

Jessica Pugel

Associate Director of Insights and Analytics, Research Translation Platform

Laura Jana

Chief Innovation Officer, Evidence to Impact Collaborative

Stephanie Eddy

FIS Advisor, Policy Associate, Research Translation Platform

Laura Huber

Policy Associate, Research Translation Platform

Sarah Davis

Research Administrative Assistant, Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative


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