Jay Belsky is the Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor of Human Development at the University of California, Davis. From 1999 to 2010, Belsky served as the founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues and Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University of London.
Prior to that Belsky served on the faculty at Penn State University for 21 years, rising to the rank of Distinguished Professor of Human Development. Belsky's areas expertise include the effects of day care, parent-child relations during the infancy and early childhood years, the transition to parenthood, the etiology of child maltreatment and the evolutionary basis of parent and child functioning. Belsky's research is marked by a focus upon fathers as well as mothers, marriages as well as parent-child relations, and naturalistic home observations offamily interaction patterns. It is both basic and applied in its character.
Belsky's work has been funded, in the U.S., by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the March of Dimes Foundation and the Sara Scaife FamilyFoundation. In the U.K., he has received funding from The Welcome Trust and Department for Education and Skills. He served as a consultant to Vice President Gore on the issue of work and families, attending the White House Conference on Child Care. In the UK he serves as consultant on matters of child care and early child development to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Treasury, the Department for Education and Skills/Children, Families and Schools and the committee of the House of Commons overseeing this department.
Belsky is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.