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Dr. Lise Johnson

Dr. Lise Johnson

the brazelton institute welcomes Lise Johnson as associate director.

The Brazelton Institute, which provides research and training programs for people who care for children and families in the first years of life, welcomed Lise Johnson, MD, as Associate Director on Tuesday, September 4, 2019. Dr. Johnson’s duties at the Brazelton Institute will include overseeing local and international training, providing mentorship and coaching, training of trainers, curriculum development, and cultivating the international network.  

 Dr. Johnson brings over 30 years of experience in general pediatrics to her new role as Associate Director, 19 of which have been devoted to newborn care as Medical Director for Well Newborn Care at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Society from Brown University, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where she is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics teaching and supervising both students and residents. She is an author of the Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) system Handbook and has been trained on the NBAS. Currently, Dr. Johnson serves as the Principal Investigator for a Health Resources and Services Administration-funded randomized controlled trial examining the use of the NBO to support first time mothers of late preterm newborns.  


Heidi als celebrated

On Sunday October 19th, 2019, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Boston Children’s Hospital, the Boston Globe paid tribute to Heidelise Als. Heidelise Als has dedicated her life to improving the care of the premature infant and her work has had a profound influence on theory and practice around the world. Heidi is an inspirational figure and those of us who have had the privilege of learning from her, could never see babies in the same way ever again. Here is the article:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2019/09/27/one-woman-quest-improve-care-for-premature-babies/G1potYenfkTu97OyI71mdN/story.html

Ad multos annos!

Dr. Heidelise Als

Dr. Heidelise Als


Professor Ed Tronick

Professor Ed Tronick

UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program 10th Anniversary Celebration

A spectacular conference featuring Luminary Speakers Colwyn Trevarthen, Ph.D., Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D., and Ed Tronick, Ph.D. with Silvia Juarez-Marazzo, LCSW, Marilyn Davillier, LCSW, Dorothy Richardson, Ph.D. Alex Harrison, MD and featured IPMH Graduates took place in Newton, Mass. Sept. 27-30th, 2019, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program (IPMHPCP). The program is based on the award-winning Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program developed by Dr. Ed Tronick, University Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Dr. Kristie Brandt, Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, California and Director of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program. Together with Program Director, Dr. Dorothy Richardson and Associate Director, Marilyn Davillier, LICSW, and core faculty member, Alexandra Harrison, M.D., the present program is designed to address the increasing need for skilled, interested and appropriately trained professionals to provide infant-parent mental health services for families with children ages birth to five years. This training program is being sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, Boston.