Research Director, Darcia Narvez, PhD

The Evolved Nurturing Initiative

The ENI Science Council consists of top scientists, academic scholars, and medical professionals with expertise in epigenetics, evolution, human development and wellbeing. ENI publicizes unbiased scientific information relating to current news stories by going directly to original sources and cutting through the spin and propaganda media are often fed. When the science speaks in this way, parents can make better informed choices about how to raise their children. ENI's Science Council members are our direct line to pure science in the areas that matter most for developing whole, healthy children. We look to them to inform the media and give parents the information they need to best protect and nurture their children--minus the industry-sponsored spin.

We are grateful for the important work of each and every science council member, enriching ENI with un-sponsored expertise.

ENI Science Council

Evolved Nurturing For An Evolved Society

Darcia Narvaez is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about moral development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Developmental Niche (nest) and how it influences moral development, moral capacities and preferences. She hosts interdisciplinary conferences at the University of Notre Dame regarding early experience, flourishing and evolution. In 2016, she organizes a conference on Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles. Her recent book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom (2014), won the 2015 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. She is executive editor of the Journal of Moral Education.