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Emily Mann

Teaching Professor of Human Services; Senior Research Associate, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Emily Mann’s teaching focuses on child and adolescent development, social research methods, social policy, and prevention science. Dr. Mann spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and was also a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current research highlights the impacts of educational and clinical interventions on youth development and includes several community-based program evaluations.

  • Education

    PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    BA, State University of New York Geneseo

  • Contact

  • Address

    310Q Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115


Course catalog
  • Science of Play

    HUSV 2500

    Students will actively engage in the scholarship of play and explore the role and function, benefits and barriers of play in childhood. Course topics will include the background and significance of play in history, the role of play as a predictor of academic and social functioning, the use of play in character/moral development, and the use of play to prevent, intervene, and treat trauma. Clinical and non-clinical implications of play will be explored, as well as the physiological and social implications of play, using contemporary research on brain science and brain development. The Science of Play combines classroom learning with fieldwork and research on the role of play as prevention, intervention, and treatment within the early childhood period. Students will alternate between classroom time and field experiences throughout the local Boston community. Service-based research projects will be developed with community partners to address key questions related to the science of play.