Faculty, Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Child and Parent Program, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with a diverse array of children and families in hospital and community-based settings. She is the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she works with families of children aged birth through early childhood with a wide variety of medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Singer was the founding president of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH), and is involved in advocacy work in infant and early childhood mental health in Massachusetts.
Dr. Singer joined the faculty at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) in 1999; a continuation of her clinical work with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton since 1989. At BTC, she leads the Early Care and Education Initiative and has developed adaptations of the Touchpoints Approach for families living with children with Special Needs. She is the primary author of the Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Reference Guide and the Touchpoints in Reflective Practice guides for practitioners.
In addition to collaborating on the development and implementation of curricula for the general professional development programs of the BTC, Dr Singer also creates and facilitates workshops on Reflective Practice, Mentorship, and Supervision as they relate to the Touchpoints Approach.
- PhD St. John’s University; Clinical Psychology degree, Child and Family Specialization
- BA State University of New York, College at Purchase, Concentrations in Psychobiology and Fine Arts
Areas of Special Interest and Expertise
- Early childhood education; infant-toddler care and preschool settings.
- Special education.
- Developmental evaluation, parenting support and behavioral and relational treatment services to families with children displaying severe challenges to functioning, such as autism spectrum disorders.
- Infant Mental Health: integrating expertise in infant development with psychological and developmental evaluation and family interventions, developing techniques in preventive mental health
- Fagen JW, Singer JM, Ohr PS, Fleckenstein LK. Infant temperament and performance on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development at 4, 8, and 12 months of age. Infant Behavior and Development 1987; 10:505-512.
- Fagen JW, Ohr PS, Singer JM, Klein SJ. Crying and Retrograde Amnesia in Young Infants. Infant Behavior and Development 1989: 12: 13-24.
- Singer JM, and Fagen, JW. Negative affect, emotional expression, and forgetting in young infants. Developmental Psychology 1992: 28:48-57.
- Singer JM, et al. The Touchpoints Reference Guide for Early Child Care and Education. Brazelton Touchpoints Center 2001
- Singer JM. The Brazelton Touchpoints Approach to Infants and Toddlers in Care: Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning and Loving. Dimensions of Early Childhood. 2007;3(35):4-10