Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Zucker is a clinical psychologist and writer practicing in Los Angeles. She has been deeply impacted by her worldwide travels and extensive education revolving around women’s health and development. Earning a master’s degree at New York University in public health with a focus on international reproductive issues led to her working for the Harvard School of Public Health. After years of international public health work, Dr. Zucker pursued a master’s degree in psychology and human development at Harvard University with the aim...

Melissa Ensminger, RN

Melissa Ensminger is a Nurse Home Visitor for the Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP), administered by Family First Health in York, Pennsylvania. She works with first-time, low-income mothers and their children on an ongoing basis in their homes. Home visits allow the NFP to experience mothers and their children in their day-to-day lives and offer a greater understanding of their environment. This evidence-based community health program has proven results, including long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. Melissa Ensminger has been a community...

Jude Cassidy Ph.D.

Dr. Cassidy is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park, and Director of the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Virginia, where her mentor was Mary Ainsworth, one of the developers of attachment theory and research. Her research focuses on attachment, social and emotional development in children and adolescents, social information-processing, peer relations, early intervention, and longitudinal prediction of adolescent risk behavior. Dr. Cassidy serves as coeditor of the journal Attachment and...

Ray Kinney, MS, LCSW

Ray Kinney holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with attention deficit disorder, children with emotional/behavioral problems, stepfamily issues, couples therapy, and men’s issues. He completed his education at the University of Texas - Denton and continued his studies in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, completing three years of doctoral-level coursework. Related Links Cornerstone Counseling Services Email

Andrew N. Meltzoff, Ph.D.

Dr. Meltzoff is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair and Codirector of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on social and emotional development in infants and young children. He has done pioneering work on newborn behavior, especially how infants first connect socially and communicate with other people. Dr. Meltzoff’s discoveries about imitative learning have changed our ideas about human nature. The work shows that infants use adults as role...

Seth Pollak, Ph.D.

Dr. Pollak is a Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology and a Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Anthropology, and Public Affairs. His research focuses on the influences of social risk factors on children’s brain and behavioral development, with a particular focus on emotions and children’s health. A central goal of his work is to understand how the quantity and quality of early social experiences in children's lives influences how children think about and understand their own and others’ emotions. He approaches this question by...

Patricia Kuhl Ph.D.

Dr. Kuhl is the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, the Codirector of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, the Director of the NSF Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Rodin Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American...

Marc Hauser, Ph.D.

Dr. Hauser is Professor of Psychology, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, and Biological Anthropology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Program in Neurosciences. In addition, he is the Codirector of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Program, a Fellow at the Center for Ethics, and the Director of the Cognitive Evolution Lab. Dr. Hauser’s research is at the interface between evolutionary biology and cognitive neuroscience, and it is aimed at understanding the processes and consequences of cognitive evolution....

Lane Strathearn, MBBS, FRACP

Dr. Strathearn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a Developmental Pediatrician for the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. His research and clinical work focus on the neurobiology of mother-infant attachment and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism. This includes a longitudinal study of women and their infants, examining maternal brain and hormone responses to infant facial expressions using functional MRI. Dr. Strathearn's work explores the development of attachment behavior and how drug abuse...

David Olds Ph.D.

Dr. Olds is a Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine, and Nursing at the University of Colorado. In addition to his professorship, Dr. Olds directs the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health. He has devoted his career to investigating methods of preventing health and developmental problems in children and parents from low-income families, as living in poverty poses additional life stressors. The primary focus of his work has been on testing and developing the Nurse Family Partnership: a program where nurses make...

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