Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient Visits UMass Boston

Office of Communications | March 15, 2013
(From left) T. Berry Brazelton, Richard Honigman, and Professor Ed Tronick

(From left) T. Berry Brazelton, Richard Honigman, and Professor Ed Tronick

On March 3, T. Berry Brazelton, who last month received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama, made a surprise visit to UMass Boston to attend a lecture by Dr. Joy Osofsky, who was the luminary lecturer of the university’s Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program (IPMH) and one of Brazelton’s former students.

“Berry is truly a pioneer in the field of early child and brain development, and we are honored to continuously learn from him,” said University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Ed Tronick of his longtime friend and mentor.

He and Brazelton are co-founders of the internationally recognized and used Touchpoints program for nurturing and strengthening positive environments for young children, as well as co-developers of the widely used Neonatal Behavioral Scale.

Tronick is founder of the UMass Boston IPMH program, which is an expansion of the same program he and Dr. Kristie Brandt established in Napa, California in 2001. Co-Directed by Dorothy Richardson and Marilyn Davillier, the Fellowship is administered by the UMass Boston Department of Psychology. The IPMH program is a two-year intensive, interdisciplinary-learning experience designed for licensed and/or credentialed professionals working with children ages birth to five and their families. It focuses on training professionals to understand relationship-oriented therapies as well as therapeutic efforts of the child-parent relationship.

“I really enjoy the multidisciplinary perspectives shared by the speakers and fellows,” said Semira Semino-Asaro, who is a current fellow in the program. “It broadens my exposure to research and clinical aspects of infant-parent mental health, and encourages me to look beyond my own disciplinary lens and consider issues I may not have thought about before.”

Applications will be available in the spring for the program's January 2014 start date. For more information about this unique fellowship program, please visit or call 617-287-6996.

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