Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, MSW, PhD

Rebecca was a clinician, author, and educator. She was New York Zero-to-Three Network’s longest continuous board member and a co-founder.  She was the Founding Director of the Institute for Infants, Children & Families (formerly Early Childhood Group Therapy Program and the Institute for Clinical Studies of Infants, Toddlers and Parents) of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She had training and experience in psychology, social work, early childhood education, psychoanalysis and infant mental health. She oversaw a multi-year, several site service, training, replication and research demonstration project under the auspices of Head Start, Administration for Children’s Services in New York. Rebecca co-led the Ground Zero Trauma Screening and Intervention Initiative for children under five and their caregivers. She was a longtime clinical consultant to the Rita Gold Infant and Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and currently an Advisory Board member. She saw children, birth through early adolescence with their parents, in private practice and was known for work with children who have developmental delays and their families. She was formerly a Contributing Editor for Parents magazine and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders and of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Rebecca published numerous articles on adult development; parent development and intervention; interventions with delayed young children and their parents; peer play psychotherapy; outreach in community-based settings; and on reflective supervision and practice in the birth through preschool field.