Dr. Hinde investigates how mother's milk and behavioral care shape infant development in monkeys. Research from her Comparative Lactation Laboratory has demonstrated that mothers produce different milk for sons and daughters and that mother's milk shapes infant temperament and behavior during critical periods of social and neural development. Hinde received her B.A. from the University of Washington in 1999, her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 2008.
In addition to her academic appointment at Harvard University, Dr. Hinde is a research affiliate of the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit at the California National Primate Research Center, the Nutrition Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and the Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis. Dr. Hinde is an active member of the American Society of Primatologists and currently serves as the chair of their Education Committee. Dr. Hinde also maintains “Mammals Suck… Milk!” a blog that provides information on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation from the molecule to the organism to the population, integrating perspectives from nutrition, medicine, psychology, and evolutionary biology for a lay audience.
Dr. Hinde is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.