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Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP)

The Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP) is a non-profit multidisciplinary, professional organization established in 1973 to study the dynamic interaction of the psychological, biological, social, and cognitive systems of the infant and those within the infant-parent relationship.  BIDIP is affiliated with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, William James College, The New England Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Human Relations Service.


BIDIP is a professional organization founded in 1973. Approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, it brings together a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians and researchers in the fields of infant-parent development. Its mission is to provide educational forums that develop a comprehensive understanding of the infant-parent relationship, focusing on the nature nurture interactions from a psychosocial, genetic perspective. The Board of Directors and Advisory Board has representation from every major teaching/hospital facility and program in the Boston area. These BIDIP Board professionals are active in research, clinical and academic programs within these Boston centers.


Arnold M. Kerzner, MD
Founder of BIDIP

Claudia Yellin, PhD

Marcia Melanson, MSW

Board of Directors

Marcia Melanson, LICSW*
Sharon Ray, Sc.D.,OTR/L
Jean Ashland, PhD, CCC-SLP*
Teresa Kohlenberg, MD*
Ann Easterbrooks, PhD*
Peggy Kaufmann, MEd, LICSW
Frances V. Mervyn, PhD*

Advisory Board

Heidelise Als, PhD
Margaret L. Bauman, MD
Deborah Lisansky Beck, LICSW
C.F. Zachariah Boukydis, PhD
T. Berry Brazelton, MD
Stanley D. Klein, PhD
Lewis P. Lipsitt, PhD
Sally A Mack, LICSW
Jack P. Shonkoff, MD
Gerald Stechler, PhD
Muriel Sugarman, MD*
Edward Z. Tronick, PhD
Yvette Yatchmink, MD, PhD*
Barry S. Zuckerman, MD

*Past Presidents

Joining BIDIP
We encourage you to join BIDIP. Dues are a major source of support for the Monthly Seminars and other program initiatives. Dues also entitle you to a member's discount at conferences, workshops and for CE credits. With your membership you will receive regular mailings and the BIDIP Newsletter in May and November, plus any announcements of upcoming conferences and courses which are co-sponsored or co-presented by BIDIP. Please call 617-327-6777 x1492 or e-mail at bidip@bidip.org.

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