T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of over 200 scholarly papers, he has also written more than 30 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting. Translated into more than 20 languages, these include the now classic Infants and Mothers, and the bestselling Touchpoints series. His groundbreaking Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is now used worldwide in research and in clinical interventions to facilitate parent-infant interactions and understanding. The NBAS has inspired numerous infant assessment tools and hundreds of publications. It continues to transform our understanding and shaping of care-giving environments.

A tireless advocate for families with young children, Dr. Brazelton has been a leading force behind the pediatric healthcare revolution that opened hospital doors to parents and empowered them to become active participants in their children’s care. He has frequently appeared before Congressional committees, and played a pivotal role in the enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act that guarantees three months of maternity leave, and Public Law 99457, which extends the rights and protections of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to young children. In 1989, he was appointed to the National Commission on Children, raising public awareness of the plight of young children living in poverty, and urging the inclusion of their needs and rights in the national political agenda.  In 2013, on the eve of his 95th birthday, Dr. Brazelton received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian honor.

In 1996, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center® (BTC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early education settings around the world.

Education

  • BA Princeton University
  • MD Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Areas of Special Interest and Expertise

  • Emotional development of infants and young children.
  • Parent and family development.
  • Cross-Cultural child study.
  • Parent-professional partnerships.
  • Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS)
  • Touchpoints as a relational model for developmental change.

Selected Books

  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development. Vol. II Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2001.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Calming Your Fussy Baby The Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2003.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Discipline The Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2003.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Sleep The Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2003.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Feeding Your Child the Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2004.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Toilet Training Your Child the Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2004.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Understanding Sibling Rivalry the Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing; 2005.
  • Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Mastering Anger and Aggression the Brazelton Way. Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing, 2005.
  • Brazelton TB, revised with Sparrow JD. Touchpoints 0-3: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development. Vol. I Cambridge MA: DaCapo Press, 2006