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Published on May 14, 2012

The Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children Honors Dr. Carlotta Miles, Tracye Polson and Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Rockville, MDThe Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children (Lourie Center) will honor Dr. Carlotta Gordon Miles, Tracey A. Polson, MSW, LCSW-C, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Jr., (D-MD) for their outstanding contributions in the fields of child development and education at its benefit reception on May 15, 2012.

“Dr. Miles, Tracye Polson, and Congressman Van Hollen have all demonstrated exemplary leadership and advocacy on behalf of those we serve,” said Marcel Wright, executive director of the Lourie Center. “We are proud to pay tribute to our honorees for their unwavering commitment to improve the lives of children and their families in our community.”

The Lourie Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to understand and strengthen emotionally healthy parent-child relationships within the community through early prevention, intervention, education,
research and training. The Lourie Center is the only one of its kind in Maryland to provide therapeutic behavioral and emotional services to infants and young children.

Dr. Carlotta Gordon Miles is a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who is a nationally known speaker, writer, and consultant. She has had the privilege of working very closely with Dr. Reginald S. Lourie very early in her career. Dr. Miles will receive the Reginald S. Lourie Award in honor of the Lourie Center’s esteemed founder.

Tracye A. Polson, MSW, LCSW-C, served the Lourie Center for more than 15 years leading to her position as executive director from 2005-2009. She has also served as a child and adolescent development expert in local and national media. Polson continues to work with children and families through her private practice and is currently completing her Ph.D. in clinical social work at Smith College. Polson will receive the Lourie Center’s Outstanding Service Award.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Jr., is long-standing advocate for the welfare of children and families in Maryland and across the nation through his House leadership role. In the 1990’s, the Congressman served on the Board of Directors of the Reginald S. Lourie Center. Congressman Van Hollen will receive the Outstanding Public Service Award.

“I was honored to serve as a Lourie Center board member and I am equally honored to be recognized by an organization that represents a beacon of hope for thousands of children and families in our community," said Congressman Van Hollen. “I applaud the Lourie Center’s commitment to providing essential early education services and emotional support to children at the most critical time in their

The benefit reception will be held at the Mansion at Strathmore. The programs begins at 6:30 p.m.

About the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children

The Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. Reginald S. Lourie and his colleagues. The organization evolved from a six-year clinical research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. This project demonstrated the value of early identification and intervention to enable children to reach their full potential, developmentally and emotionally. In 2006, the Lourie Center affiliated with Adventist HealthCare. Based in Rockville, Maryland, the Reginald S. Lourie Center specializes in the assessment, treatment and prevention of emotional, behavioral and developmental problems in infants and young children.

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