Upcoming Events

Faculty, staff, and National Facilitators at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center represent a multi-disciplinary team of change agents, early child development educators, psychologists, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, and other early child development and behavior experts, professional development trainers, project directors, program evaluators, statisticians, community engagement professionals, and more. Similarly, our Touchpoints Training sites hail from 33 states and over 100 communities, from urban to rural, and everything in between.

Emily Lyman, PhD


BA, Psychology and Spanish, University of Rochester, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Lyman has served as a clinical psychologist with children and families across the lifespan in English and Spanish in her native Boston, as well as in New York City and Mexico City. She has provided direct clinical service performing psychoeducational assessments on multi-disciplinary teams; consulting in hospital-based and community settings; providing short and long-term psychological treatment for developmental, medical, and behavioral disorders and comorbid psychiatric conditions; and providing feedback and comprehensive reports to parents and schools.

After graduating from the University of Rochester where she participated in research on child outcomes in the context of trauma, Dr. Lyman created a Fulbright project on early identification of autism including teaching at a therapeutic day school with children on the autism spectrum in Mexico. She continued on to complete her doctoral training in clinical psychology with a focus on developmental psychopathology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She next pursued a Touchpoints-inspired postdoctoral program at the Developmental Medicine Center of Boston Children's Hospital and became passionate about the work of Dr. Brazelton and the colleagues who continue to expand upon his legacy. She is a Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) trainer and provider in English and Spanish and a Touchpoints Facilitator. Dr. Lyman strives to provide culturally sensitive, strengths-based, relational care for all families.

Areas of Interest:

Infant and early childhood mental health
Diagnosis and treatment planning for autism
Dynamic play therapy
Psychotherapy effectiveness research
Access to services for Spanish-speaking families
Strengths- and relationship-based care

Get Involved

Learn With Us

Babies and children, families and communities do the research on what it takes for them to flourish. Listen with us to what they’ve been learning. Watch a webinar. Check out the Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative. Join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Learning Network. Join the conversation.

Picture of smiling boy