Ann C. Stadtler, DNP, RN, CPNP

Director, Outreach and Site Network Development

Phone: 857-218-4359
Fax: 617-730-0060

Ann C. Stadtler, DNP, RN, CPNP is one of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) founding faculty members. Her work at BTC has included translating the core concepts of the Brazelton Touchpoints model of development into effective professional development programs for providers across the service delivery spectrum. She facilitated parent groups in order that parent voices were integrated into Touchpoints systems approach for infants and families. She worked closely with the Touchpoints Network to develop the Touchpoints Parent Group Manual. For three years, she served as Director of BTC, and in 2008, received the Touchpoints Distinguished Leader Award.

Her work at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center has included facilitating parent focus groups around individual Touchpoints in order to integrate the parent voice into the systems approach for infants and families. She worked closely with the Touchpoints site network workgroup to develop the Touchpoints Parent Group Manual.

Ann has a special interest in children engaged in toilet learning and who have problems with toileting. As a result of this interest and expertise, she co-designed “Toilet School”, a group treatment approach for failure to learn toileting. She has written and presented extensively about Toilet Learning.

Ann originally joined Boston Children’s Hospital as Assistant Director of the Medical Diagnostic Programs. She also served as Director of the Preschool Function Program, Clinical Coordinator of the School Function Program, Pain and Incontinence Program and Early Childhood Program. It was there she became interested in families and children dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Ann received the Mel Levine Award and in 2000, the Children’s Hospital, That’s the Spirit Award.

Ann is chair of the Infancy Panel for Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health. The focus of the volume is prevention of mental disorder and promotion of optimum mental health.

Prior to her work at Boston Children’s Hospital, Ann worked as a nurse practitioner in a private pediatric practice in Maryland.


  • BS Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • MS Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Harvard University/Boston Children’s Hospital, MA Post Graduate Courses in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Areas of Special Interest and Expertise

  • Toilet Learning
  • Using the behavior of the child as language
  • The Touchpoints Model: Developmental and Relational Elements
  • Families and children dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Selected Publications

  • Stadtler, AC, Burke, PA. A Group Treatment Approach to Failure to Toilet Train: The Case of Max. Clinical Excellence Nurse Practitioner. 1998; 2(2)83-87.
  • Stadtler AC, Tronick EZ, Brazelton TB. The Touchpoints Pediatric Asthma Program. Pediatric Nursing 2001;27 (5):459-461.
  • Percy M, Stadtler AC, Sands D. Touchpoints Changing the Face of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Education. Maternal Child Nursing, 2002:27(4):222 -228.
  • Schonwald, A, Sherritt L, Stadtler AC, Bridgemohan, C. Factors associated with difficult toilet training. Pediatrics, 2004;113:1753-57.
  • Stadtler, AC, Hornstein, J. The Touchpoints Approach: United States. In The Newborn As A Person: Enabling Healthy Infant Development Worldwide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc 2009.