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Tina Sheesley

Published on March 19, 2018

Lourie Center Mourns Passing of Renowned Childhood Development Expert and Co-Founder Dr. T. Berry Brazelton

Rockville, MDThe Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness (Lourie Center) is saddened by the loss of a renowned pioneer in the field of early childhood development and one of its beloved co-founders, Dr. T. Berry Brazleton. Drs. Reginald S. Lourie, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley Greenspan founded the Lourie Center in 1983 as an outgrowth of their six-year clinical research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Nearly 35 years later, the Lourie Center continues to be a leading expert in the field of early childhood mental health through its integration of research, training, and service.

Dr. Brazelton last visited the Lourie Center in 2014 at the age of 95, at which time the Lourie Center presented him with an award for his outstanding work in early childhood development.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Brazelton several times during my leadership at the Lourie Center,” says Jimmy Venza, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Lourie Center. “I observed his interaction with young children and marveled at his ability to connect with them and share their wonder of the world. Dr. Brazelton supported our work as far away as the Kingdom of Lestho in southern Africa.

While he recognized the challenges of working within a different culture across the globe, he encouraged us onward in serving young children and families as much as possible.”

About The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

The Lourie Center for Children's Social & Emotional Wellness is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to improve the social and emotional health of young children and their families through prevention, early intervention, education, research and training. The Center was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. Reginald S. Lourie, a world-wide leader in the fields of pediatric child psychiatry and infant mental health, and his colleagues, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Stanley Greenspan, as an outgrowth of their six-year clinical research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. In July 2006, the Center affiliated with Adventist HealthCare, Inc. Serving more than 4,000 children and families in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of ability to pay, the Center is a pioneer and leader in the field of infant and child mental health.

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