2019 International Conference of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA)

Please visit the speaker bio page on the 2019 IEDTA International Conference website for up to date information on the speakers and presenters, including biographical information.


Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to have Dr. Edward Tronick, one of the pioneers of research on attachment and mother-infant bonding, as our keynote speaker. The originator of the "still-face paradigm," Dr. Tronick is Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Director of its Child Development Unit. Click here for more information on Dr. Tronick.

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Edward Tronick

Dr. Edward Tronick is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and the Director of its Child Development Unit (CDU). At the CDU, he conducts research on the social-emotional development of infants, the effects of stress on infants and mothers, including mothers with depression and anxiety disorders. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a co-founder and former faculty member of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, a founding member of the Boston Process of Change Group, and chief faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship program. In 1970, he worked with T. B. Brazelton on the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS); more recently, he collaborated with B. M. Lester on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Exam. Dr. Tronick developed “The Still Face Paradigm, ”which investigates the natural human process of connection between infant and parent, and shows the profoundly negative effects on the infant of parental non-responsiveness. One of the most replicated findings in developmental psychology, it is considered a cornerstone of attachment theory. The author of more than 200 scientific articles, Dr. Tronick has presented at US and international psychodynamic organizations and makes frequent expert appearances on national radio and television programs. He is recipient of numerous awards, and numerous grants from the NIH and NSF. His book, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children, has been hailed as a “tour de force.”