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Early Childhood Development & Trauma Research

The Lourie Center was founded in 1983 by Dr. Reginald S. Lourie, Dr. Stanley Greenspan, and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, pioneers in early childhood development, following a multi-year, multi-disciplinary research study they led that was funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Since our founding, the Lourie Center continues to lead early childhood development research efforts including the studies featured below.

Current Research

Adventist HealthCare’s The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness is dedicated to improving the social and emotional health of young children and families through direct services programs that are integrated with research and training. The Lourie Center’s core principles that guide our child and family services and research are: attachment-centered, trauma-informed, equity-advancing, team-based care.

Over the past decade, the Lourie Center has worked in partnership with research colleagues to complete four empirical studies showing the effectiveness of the Lourie Center core programs: Early Head Start, Therapeutic Preschool Program, Lourie Center School (special education elementary school), and Parent-Child Clinical Services Program.

Currently, the Lourie Center is partnering with the Circle of Security-International and University of Maryland-College Park to pilot the Circle of Security-Classroom model in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Research Archive

Changing Developmental Trajectory in High-risk Families: The Effectiveness of an Attachment-informed Therapeutic Nursery Program (TNP) for Preschool Children with Complex Emotional and Behavioral Problems

Published: January 30, 2020


Children and Caregivers’ Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES): Association with Children’s and Caregivers’ Psychological Outcomes in a Therapeutic Preschool Program

Published: March 31, 2018


Early Childhood Trauma in High-risk Families: Associations with Caregiver Emotional Availability and Insightfulness, and Children’s Social Information Processing and Social Behavior

Published: March 7, 2018


Practicing Attachment in The Real World: Improving Maternal Insightfulness and Dyadic Emotional Availability at an Outpatient Community Mental Health Clinic

Published: January 29, 2016


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