Fall 2016 Event Honoring Gerry Stechler PhD

Infants, Parents, and the Family:
The Legacy of Dr. Gerald Stechler

This conference to honor MassAIMH Founding President, Gerry Stechler PhD, is co-sponsored by:

Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents

The Freedman Center for Child Development and the Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) at William James College

Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health

T. Berry Brazelton, MD; Touchpoints

University of Massachusetts Boston Infant Mental Health Program


Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm


University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center
Ballroom, Third Floor


8:00-8:30 am Registration
8:30-9:00 am Welcome, Introduction, and Overview – Arnold Kerzner, MD, President Emeritus, BIDIP
9:00-10:15 am Keynote Address
Without Words or Symbols: Infants’ Multilevel Psychobiological Meaning Making
Edward Tronick, PhD
10:15-10:30 am Break
10:30-12:00 pm Select One of Two Workshops

Workshop A
Prevention Programs to Support Positive Infant and Family Development
Ann Easterbrooks, PhD and Jayne Singer, PhD

Workshop B
Opioid Use in Pregnancy: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Panel Discussion: Leslie Kerzner, MD; Kelley Saia, MD and Amy Sommer, LICSW

12:00–1:45 pm Lunch & Honoring Gerry Stechler PhD
Among the people honoring Dr. Stechler are T. Berry Brazelton, MD; Dorothy Richardson, PhD & Donna Houseman, EdD, Jayne Singer, PhD
1:45-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:30 pm Select One of Two Workshops

Workshop C
Neurodevelopmental Care for Preterm Infants and their Families in the NICU
Heidi Als, PhD and J. Kevin Nugent, Ph

Workshop D
Relationship Challenges: Maternal Mental Health and Attachment Disruptions
Karla Lyons-Ruth, PhD and Peggy H. Kaufman, MEd, LICSW

3:30-4:00 pm Final Thoughts and Adjourn

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