Catherine Birndorf M.D.

Catherine Birndorf, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and founding director of the Payne Whitney Women's Program at The New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Her area of psychiatric expertise is in reproductive mental health, helping women with emotional distress during times of hormonal change, from menses to menopause. She specializes in treating women before, during and after pregnancy, as well as at other times of transition in their lives. A Smith College graduate, Dr. Birndorf...

The Courage to Be Vulnerable

This is our task as parents: to bring enough love and presence to our children's vulnerability.

Professional Advice From A Newborn

Though I may be new at my role as father, the old adage continues to ring true - timing is everything

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...

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...

Carin Goldstein

Carin Goldstein is a wife, a mother, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience in helping people to improve the quality of their lives. After a previous career in the entertainment world, Carin received her masters degree in Clinical Psychology and then continued her professional training at the renown Maple Center in Beverly Hills as well as working for various family clinics throughout Los Angeles.


The McCormick Family from Wisconsin adopted two children from a Russian orphanage in the 90’s.  One of the children they adopted was a nine month-old girl and the other a two and a half year-old boy. Their daughter adapted easily to her new parents, but they felt that something wasn’t quite right with their son from the moment they met him in the orphanage. Unlike his sister who enjoyed being held and was easy-going, their son, Alex, seemed uninterested in his new parents and...

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...

Pilar Placone, Ph.D

Pilar M. Placone, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist whose twenty-year practice is dedicated to bringing clients a renewed sense of hope and fulfillment. In her work, she assists parents and their children develop mature, optimal relationships, within the context of a busy family life. Dr. Placone founded the Mindful Parent Happy Child programs in order to provide a more holistic and comprehensive set of behavioral tools for both parents and therapists. Her approach draws upon a number of different healing modalities,...

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...

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