The Child Development Unit

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

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Edward Tronick, PhD

  • Chief, Child Development Unit University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6374
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall,04,00271

Areas of Expertise

Developmental Psychology and Neurophysiology


PhD, University of Wisconsin

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Edward Tronick, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist and is recognized internationally as a researcher on infants, children, and parenting. He developed the Face-to-Face Still-Face Paradigm and videotaped micro-analytic studies of infant en face interactions, pioneered studies of the effects of maternal depression on infants, and carried out numerous cross-cultural studies of infant and child development. His Mutual Regulation Model and Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness hypothesis are widely accepted accounts of social interactions and therapeutic processes.

Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology here at UMass Boston, as well as chief of the Child Development Unit. He is also a lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a faculty member at the Fielding Graduate Institute, and a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. With Dr. Kristie Brandt, he is codirector of the Napa Parent-Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program. Notably, he was a cofounder of the Touchpoints program with TB Brazelton. He has also served as permanent member of an NIMH review panel, and reviews for the National Science Foundations of Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland.

He has published more than 200 scientific articles on topics including the effects of cocaine exposure on infant neurobehavioral development, cultural studies of parenting and child development, parental depression and its effects on infants and children, co-created the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Examination with Barry Lester, and published three books, the most recent in 2007 titled, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of the Infant. His research has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NIMH, NSF, and the McArthur Foundation.