This day-long conference focused on the impact of early enrichment/intervention on children’s growth and development.
Chair: Dennis Drotar, PhD
Dr. Tiffany M. Field is a Professor and Director of the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University and Dean of the Family and School Center at NSU. She is a distinguished child development researcher and scholar. Her awards include the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Young Scientist Award and the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Scientist Award.
Dr. Field has authored over 380 articles and books spanning a broad range of topics concerning children at biologic and environmental risk, including stress and coping in children, the impact of maternal depression, and the effects of touch. She is author of Infancy, Touch, and Advances in Touch and the editor of a series of volumes focused on high-risk infants and stress and coping in children. She has been an innovator in developing interventions for children involving human touch and physical contact. Her work has documented the positive impact of massage therapy on a wide range of problems affecting children.
Dr. Craig Thomas Ramey is University Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Neurobiology and Director of the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Civitan Center is a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the human development and treating and preventing learning and related biological and social disabilities. Over 40 disciplines are represented on the Center’s faculty.
Dr. Ramey specializes in the study of development of intelligence, academic achievement, and social competence in young children. During the past 30 years, he has led research teams involving 500 professionals and 14,000 children and families in over 40 states. This research and development has been supported by numerous grants from federal and state agencies and from private foundations.
Dr. Ramey has won professional and civic awards for his work on the prevention of intellectual disabilities and for exemplary early childhood education programs. He is the author of over 200 publications, including five books, and is a frequent consultant to governments, private agencies, foundations, and the media. His latest books, written with his wife , Dr. Sharon Ramey, are Right from Birth: Building Your Child’s Foundation for Life and Going to School: A Complete Handbook for Parents of Children Ages 3-8. He is currently focusing on the successful transition to school and the creation of a new generation of early childhood education, health, and family support programs.
Dr. James S. Catterall is a Professor of Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Dr. Catterall has been a prolific contributor to the professional literature concerning educational productivity and achievement. He has analyzed the impact of participation in the arts on SAT scores and has been an innovator in developing models to assess educational productivity and reduce school dropouts. In addition to a wide range of public policy analysis, Dr. Catterall’s publications include: “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development”; “Educationally at Risk Children: Demographics, Consequences, and Policy Prospects”; and “Tomorrow’s Work Force: Over-Credentialed and Under-Prepared;” and the books Discovering What Schools Really Teach and Reducing the High School Drop Out Rate in California: An Economic Evaluation of a Public Program.
Dr. Catterall has been a consultant to numerous educational programs in the state of California, as well as civic and volunteer activities. His honors include the Susan and Mark Greenfield Award for Applied Research, Learning, and Achievement, given to the UCLA faculty member whose work is judged to have the most significant influence on educational policy and practice.
Robert Needlman, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital of University Hospitals of Cleveland. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, and completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital. He is co-founder of Reach Out and Read, a national demonstration project and training center for pediatric literacy support programs.
Dr. Needlman specializes in developmental and behavioral problems in young children. In addition to scholarly research, he is author of the “Growth and Development” section of Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, one of the standard texts, as well as regular columns on health and development in Early Childhood Today and Parent and Child Magazines.
Angela Marie Pace is a Pediatric Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She holds a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from Cleveland State University. She has obtained certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment in the area of pediatrics and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She has recently specialized in the area of pediatric dysphagia and has participated in research in the NICU evaluating neurobehavioral skills of the preterm infant. She received 1999’s Outstanding Clinician Award from the Cleveland District of The Ohio Occupational Therapy Association.
Rosemary Rackl-Pierce is the Senior Early Learning Specialist at the Children’s Museum of Cleveland where she designs programs and develops curriculum. With a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, concentrating in Early Childhood Education, she works as an advocate for children in the greater Cleveland area and as a teacher of children, adults, and parents. Among other volunteer positions, Ms. Rackl-Pierce chairs the program committee for the Cleveland Association for the Education of Young Children.
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