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Professors Stephen Ceci, Gary Evans, Robert Sternberg and Elaine Wethington from the College of Human Ecology reflect on Urie Bronfenbrenner's impact on the field of human development, on public policy, and on their own work, Sept. 18, 2014. Welcoming remarks by John Eckenrode, director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR); moderated by Stephen Hamilton, associate director of BCTR.

One of the world's leading developmental psychology scholars, Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory redefined the social sciences by proposing that human development is influenced by a framework that encompasses not only psychology, but also includes cultural, social, economic and political structures.

His research legacy was to encourage developmental psychologists to consider the importance of the individual's environment when studying behavior.