Martha E. Edwards, PhD

Current Position(s): Director, Developing Families Project, Ackerman Institute for the Family;
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, New York University Medical Center

Long-standing interest in understanding child development within the intersecting contexts of the family system, culture, and intra-individual levels of neurobiology and psychodynamics
Developed a universal prevention program for families with infants and toddlers at the Ackerman Institute called The Bright Beginnings Parent-Infant Program which is currently being implemented in NYC public schools and the Even Start Family Literacy Program
Her article, “Attachment, Mastery and Interdependence: A Model of Parenting Processes” in Family Process describes the theoretical framework for Bright Beginnings
As Co-Principal Investigator in the Woodward Initiative for Children with Bipolar Disorder at the NYU Child Study Center, is developing a family-focused treatment model for children with bipolar disorder
Supervises psychology interns in family therapy
Maintains a private practice for families and couples in New York City
Member of the Board of Directors for the American Family Therapy Academy and currently serving as the Program Chair for the 2003 Annual Conference