Faculty & Staff
Ed Tronick is a developmental and clinical psychologist and is recognized internationally as a researcher on infants, children and parenting. Dr. Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Director of the Child Development Unit at Children’s Hospital, a Lecturer in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor at both the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard. He is a faculty member at the Fielding Graduate Institute, a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and a past member of Daniel Stern’s Boston Process of Change Group. With Dr. Kristie Brandt, he is co-director of the Napa Parent-Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program and he was a founder of the Touchpoints program. With Dr. TB Brazelton he co-developed Newborn Assessment Scale. Dr. Tronick developed the Still-Face Paradigm and with Dr. Barry Lester, the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale. He continues to do research on the effects of maternal depression and other affective disorders on infant and child social emotional development. His current research focuses on infant memory for stress and the effects of stress on health outcomes. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and 4 books, several hundred photographs and appeared on national radio and television programs. His research has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NIMH, NSF and the McArthur Foundation. He has also served as a permanent member of an NIMH review panel, and reviews for the National Science Foundations of Canada, the US and Switzerland. Dr. Tronick has presented his work to analytic societies including Berlin, Milan, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rome, Pittsburgh, NYC, St. Louis, Kansas City and to societies and congresses including the N.Y. Academy of Science, the Society for Research in Child Development, the Marce’ Society, the American Psychoanalytic Meetings, and numerous universities in the US and abroad.
Dorothy Richardson, PhD
Dorothy T. Richardson, PhD is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist, Adjunct Professor at UMass Boston Department of Psychology and Program Director of the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Richardson has worked with young children and their families for over 30 years in a teaching, research and clinical capacity. An early career in neuroscience and psychiatry research led to her interest in early childhood development in the context of family relationships, early childcare settings and the developmental trajectories of risk and resilience. She has research training at NIH in Developmental Psychopathology, and Child and Adult Psychiatry and Developmental Medicine training at Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals (MGH, Children’s Hospital and Cambridge Hospital). In 2003, Dr. Richardson founded the first community-based outpatient infant-parent mental health clinic in the Boston area, The Rice Center for Young Children and Families at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, where she served as Clinical Director for 7 years. The Rice Center is presently housed at The Home for Little Wanderers, where she presently serves on the Rice Center Advisory Board and Training Faculty, where she supervises and trains psychologists and social workers to provide relationship-based clinical interventions to families with young children, and pregnant and post-partum mothers with mood disorders and the integration of sensory-motor interventions with relationship-based parent-child psychotherapies. Dr. Richardson has served on a number of state advisory committees on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, presently serving as President of MassAIMH, Birth to Six (Massachusetts’ Chapter of the World Association of Infant Mental Health). She co-developed, with Dr. Ed Tronick and Marilyn Davillier, the UMass Boston Infant Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program, where she trains an international group of interdisciplinary clinicians (pediatrics, nursing, social work, psychology, occupational therapists and early childhood development specialists) in infant and early childhood developmental research, assessment and interventions. Dr. Richardson currently serves as a consultant to several home visiting programs and projects integrating infant/early childhood mental health within the pediatric setting. She maintains a private practice in Brookline specializing in parent-child dyadic treatment for families with children under the age of six who are dealing with disorders of behavior, communication, mood, adoption and trauma, but also offers support to families for typical developmental questions and concerns and support for parent-child relationships. She consults to early childcare and education settings throughout the Boston area. Dr. Richardson earned her Masters’ in Education, in Developmental Psychology, from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.
Associate Program Director
Marilyn Davillier, LICSW
Marilyn R. Davillier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with infants, toddlers, children, and their families, in a teaching, research or clinical capacity for over 35 years. What began as a career in the Montessori method of pre-school education led to extensive research experience in Behavioral Pediatrics. In this capacity, she worked extensively with the psychological tools and measures relevant to infant and child development and co-authored several papers on the long-range developmental outcomes of preterm and drug-exposed infants.
Additional post-licensure trainings include: The Brazelton Touchpoints Model of Child Development, The Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Fellowship, Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Downing’s Video Intervention Therapy (VIT), Sandplay Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation Training.
Ms. Davillier is the Co-Director and Curriculum Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program, a nationally acclaimed two-year intensive interdisciplinary fellowship for licensed professionals whose mandate it is to treat the social, emotional and relational derailments that can arise in families with children ages birth to five years. This fellowship is developmental in orientation, multi-disciplinary in focus, and developed as a primary public health preventive intervention aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the critical role of early relationship support to child development and family well-being.
Ms. Davillier maintains a private practice in Boston that specializes in the parent-child dyadic model of treatment for families with young children under the age of six years of age who are dealing with disorders of behavior, regulation, communication, mood, adoption and trauma. Related therapeutic services also include: Parent Consultation, Family Therapy, Play/Art/Sandtray therapy for elementary and middle-school aged children, Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Couples Therapy.
Ms. Davillier lectures both nationally and internationally on meaning-making in the clinical treatment of young children, the importance of limit setting, family narratives, and the use of literature to promote resilience in the private life of the child. She is currently writing a fairy tale.
Throughout the program, a variety of nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of Infant-Parent Mental Health will be scheduled to join the Fellows and provide training, engage in dialogue, and participate in a case discussion related to their area of expertise and research. Faculty have been carefully selected to provide learners with the opportunity to meet and think with experts and luminaries in the field that have a wide range of disciplines, academic and clinical backgrounds, research expertise, and theoretical approaches. The 2016-2017 IPMHPCP core faculty are:
- Alexandra Harrison, MD
Alexandra Harrison, MD earned her BA in art history at Radcliffe College and her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. After an internship in Pediatrics, she completed a psychiatric residency and then a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. At present, she is a Training and Supervising Analyst in adult and child and adolescent analysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Harrison was a member of the Boston Change Process Study Group, and her experience in the group was transformative in that it introduced her to developmental science and to videotape observational techniques. While in the group, she began to videotape her child analyses, and later – in collaboration with infant researchers – in particular, Ed Tronick, and more recently Beatrice Beebe – she has continued to work on integrating aspects of developmental knowledge into her analytic and psychotherapeutic work with adults, children and families. One outcome of this integration is her “Parent Consultation Model” of child mental health evaluation; in this model, the child clinician takes the role of consultant to the parents and gathers data from parent interviews, outside professionals, and a videotaped family play session, to use in answering parents’ questions about their child. An adaptation of Dr. Harrison’s parent consultation model is her model for professional volunteers to support caregivers in developing countries through infrequent visits and regular telephone or skype contact. Working at an orphanage in El Salvador, Dr. Harrison gives workshops emphasizing the importance of the caregiving relationship and demonstrating good caregiving through videotape illustrations of the workshop participants interacting with their children. Later this year Dr. Harrison will pilot the model at two other orphanages in El Salvador. She documents these projects on her blog http://overseascaregivers.com/. Dr. Harrison has presented widely and published articles about her work in the adult and child mental health literature.
- T. Berry Brazelton †, MD (1918-2018): Dr. Brazelton was Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and an internationally renowned pediatrician. He has published over 300 papers and chapters, and 40 books. His dual interest in pediatrics and child psychiatry led to his founding the Child Development Unit in 1972 at Children’s Hospital Boston. His research has focused on differences among newborns, the newborn’s contribution to the parent-infant relationship, attachment, cross-cultural studies, early intervention, the Face-to-Face Still Face Paradigm, and relationship based care. He developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale used worldwide to assess newborns and inform caregivers about the newborn’s behavioral language, and established the Brazelton Institute to forward NBAS training and research. He developed the Touchpoints Model, a training program for providers serving families with young children, and founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center to support this work. He has received awards worldwide and his series “What Every Baby Knows” was the longest running parenting show on television. He was awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal by President Obama in February 2013. He earned his MD at Columbia University 70 years ago, completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Boston, and trained in child psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a founding board member of Zero To Three.
- Claudia M. Gold, MD is a pediatrician and writer with a long-standing interest in addressing children’s mental health needs in a preventive model. She has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 25 years, and now specializes in early childhood mental health. She currently works as an infant-parent mental health specialist at the Austen Riggs Center and offers parent-child consultations for ages 0-3 at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires. She is the author of several books: The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Health Concepts from Infancy through Adolescence (Norton 2017) The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medication and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and Lifelong Resilience (Da Capo 2016) and Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrums and Other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World through Your Child’s Eyes (Da Capo 2011). She is on the faculty of William James College, University of Massachusetts, Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, and The Brazelton Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and U of C Pritzker School of Medicine.
- Silvia Juarez-Marazzo, LCSW, NCPsyA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Nationally Accredited Adlerian Psychoanalyst. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvia fell in love with young children and their inner world when she began to work as an educator for young children with unique emotional needs in the slums and peasant communities of Buenos Aires thirty-five years ago. Her work as an educator, psychotherapist, and social worker has been grounded in both relational and trauma perspectives. Silvia was a Senior Clinician and Supervisor for Child First Yale-Bridgeport Hospital and Senior Faculty for Child First, Inc. from 2005 to 2016. Child First is an evidenced based early intervention home based program that uses a two prone approach of Child Parent Psychotherapy and reflective care coordination to address the mental health needs of children 0 to 5 and their caregivers in the State of Connecticut. From 2016 to 2017, Silvia joined the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership at ABH, Connecticut, bringing Infant Mental Health to the Early Care and Education Settings through her role as Assistant Program Manager. Most recently, Silvia became the Clinical Director for Chances for Children-NY. Chances for Children provides free dyadic play therapy and playgroups in three neighborhoods in the Bronx—Highbridge, Hunts Point and Kingsbridge.
Silvia has been an Adjunct Faculty for the Master Program in Social work at Southern Connecticut State University since 2001. She was invited as an Adjunct Faculty for the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in 2016.
In 2010, Silvia discovered, through the deeply transformative experience at the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, led by Dr. Ed Tronick, that creating "cuentos," or short illustrated stories for children, can help scaffold the integration of the Latino-American immigrant mothers’ experiences about their journey into motherhood as a new avenue for both self-discovery and therapeutic action. She published "¡Mamá, cuéntame como viniste!” (“Mommy, tell me how did you get here!”) in 2013 and “¡Mamá, cuéntame porqué viniste?” (“Mommy, tell me, why did you come here?”) in 2015. "Mamá Cuéntame Como Viniste!” was invited to the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Fair and was showcased at the Publisher’s Weekly Magazine in 2014 and 2015. Silvia’s books were invited to the 2016 International Book Fairs in Bologna, Beijing and Guadalajara.
Silvia is the Connecticut Infant Mental Health 2014 Jane C. Award recipient for Excellence and Exemplary Service to Young Children and their Families in the Field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
IPMH GUEST FACULTY
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Constance Helen Keefer, MD
Barry M. Lester, PhD
Karen Levine, PhD
Lynne Murray, PhD
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Pat Ogden PhD
Joy Osofsky, PhD
Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD
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Dan Siegel MD
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