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El profesorado, el personal y los facilitadores nacionales del Brazelton Touchpoints Center representan un equipo multidisciplinar de agentes de cambio, educadores en desarrollo infantil temprano, psicólogos, pediatras, enfermeras pediátricas y otros expertos en desarrollo y comportamiento infantil temprano, formadores en desarrollo profesional, directores de proyectos, evaluadores de programas, estadísticos, profesionales de la participación comunitaria y mucho más. Del mismo modo, nuestras sedes de Touchpoints Training proceden de 33 estados y más de 100 comunidades, desde las urbanas hasta las rurales, y todo lo que hay entre ellas.

Joshua Sparrow, MD, DFAACAP

Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (part time)


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MD, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Postdoctoral Training
Transitional Intern, Cambridge Hospital
General Psychiatry Resident, Cambridge Hospital
Child Psychiatry Fellow, McLean Hospital

BA, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut


Child, adolescent, and general psychiatrist, Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, is executive director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) in the Division of Development of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, and is associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, part time. Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and aggravated by societal abuse and neglect, prompted his interest in the social, economic, and racism-related determinants of health and mental health, and in community self-strengthening, community-based prevention and health promotion.

Co-founder with Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, EdD, of the Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Dr. Sparrow is a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Jeanne Spurlock, MD Award for Culture and Diversity. He has led numerous governmental and philanthropic research, training and technical assistance grants, and advised government agencies, nonprofits, academic centers, and philanthropies. He has given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally, written numerous scholarly papers, as well as nine books translated into more than 20 languages, and hundreds of articles for the general public. Dr. Sparrow is also associate faculty at Ariadne Labs, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and has served as visiting professor at the Shanghai Mental Health Center/Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and the School of Medicine of the University of Marseille, France.

Areas of Interest:

Culture and dynamic developmental systems theory in child, family, and community healing, recovery and development

Design, implementation, evaluation and adaptation of community-based preventive interventions based on culturally-grounded, developmental systems theory-informed approaches to child, family and community development

Selected Publications:

Brazelton TB, Sparrow JD. Touchpoints Three to Six: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books, 2001.

Sparrow JD, Brazelton, TB. A Developmental Approach to the Prevention of Common Behavioral Problems. In: McInerny TK, Adam HM, Campbell DE, Kamat DM, Kelleher KJ, eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care 1st Ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2008.

Sparrow JD. Aligning Systems of Care with the Relational Imperative of Development: Building Community through Collaborative Consultation. In: Lester B, Sparrow JD, eds. Nurturing Young Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T.B. Brazelton. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Scientific; 2010.

Lester B, Sparrow JD. eds. Nurturing Young Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T.B. Brazelton. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Scientific; 2010

Sparrow JD, Brazelton TB. In: Zuckerman B, Parker S, Augustyn M, eds. Touchpoints for Anticipatory Guidance in Well Childcare Visits in the First Three Years. In: Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 3rd Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

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