T. Berry Brazelton, MD (1918 – 2018) foresaw the many new challenges facing families today, including the interference of social media and digital technology with family relationships and child development, and their polarizing effects on public debate. Brazelton was a master of the kind of observation and listening so desperately needed today, and helped generations of parents and professionals around the world to learn to listen to babies, children and to each other.
Join us for the Learning to Listen webinar series, as we celebrate Dr. Brazelton’s enduring legacy by learning from other masterful communicators about what children and parents have taught them through the power of listening.

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Alicia Lieberman, PhD

Learning to Listen to Fear: How to help young children heal from the unspeakable

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

Alicia Lieberman, PhD

Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco
Director, Child Trauma Research Program, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and director of the Child Trauma Research Program at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is the senior developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children aged birth-five broadly used nationally and internationally as an evidence-based treatment for traumatized young children and their parents or caregivers. Her research involves treatment outcome studies with traumatized young children from low-income and under-represented minority groups. She is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, described as “groundbreaking” and translated to numerous languages. Her professional books on childhood exposure to violence have been translated to several languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, and are used to increase understanding and foster dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians working with young children and their families.   She has written many articles and chapters on mental health in infancy and early childhood, child-parent attachment, and cultural competence in intervention and treatment. Born in Paraguay, she received her professional training in Israel and the United States.  Her cross-cultural experience as a Jewish Latina informs her commitment to increasing access and raising the standard of care for low-income and minority children and families.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including most recently the 2016 Rene Spitz Award for Lifetime Achievement from the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH), 2016 Hero Award from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 2017 Whole Child Award from the Simms-Mann Institute, and 2018 Blanche Ittleson Award from the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice.


Junlei Li, PhD

Listen With More Than Our Ears: Helping children through simple, ordinary interactions

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. EST

Junlei Li, PhD

Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Junlei Li focuses his research and practice on understanding and supporting the work of helpers–those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. is the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While Co-Director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, where he also served as the Rita M. McGinley Professor for Early Learning and Children’s Media, he developed the “Simple Interactions” approach to help identify what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments and made that the basis for promoting positive system change. Li’s work is significantly influenced and inspired by the pioneering work of Fred Rogers (creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood). He previously served as the Co-Director and Rita M. McGinley Professor for Early Learning and Children’s Media at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.


Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD

The Earliest Conversations: How Babies Learn Language with the People Who Love Them

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. EST

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD

Director, Infant Language Laboratory, Temple University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines the development of early language and literacy as well as the role of play in learning. With her long-term collaborator, Roberta Golinkoff, she is author of 14 books and hundreds of publications and a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.  She is the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award, the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, is the Past President of the International Society for Infant Studies and served as the Associate Editor of Child Development . She is on the Steering Committee of the Latin American School for Education, Cognitive Neural Science as well as on the advisory board for Vroom, The Boston Children’s Museum, Disney Junior, The Free to Be Initiative and Jumpstart. Her book, Einstein never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003.  Her recent book, Becoming Brilliant: What the science tells us about raising successful children, released in 2016 was on the NYTimes Best Seller List in Education and Parenting.  Kathy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and is a frequent spokesperson for her field appearing in the NYTimes, npr and in international television outlets.


Questions? Contact Kayla Savelli at kayla.savelli@childrens.harvard.edu.


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