White House Author
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus
T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of over 200 scholarly papers, he has also written forty books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting, translated into more than 20 languages. His ground breaking Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is used worldwide to recognize the physical and neurological responses of newborns, as well as their emotional well-being and individual differences. A tireless advocate for families with young children, Dr. Brazelton has been a leading force behind the pediatric healthcare revolution that opened hospital doors to parents and empowered them to become active participants in their children’s care. He has frequently appeared before Congressional committees, and played a pivotal role in the enactment of the Family and Medical Leave Act that guarantees three months of maternity leave, and Public Law 99457, which extends the rights and protections of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to young children. In 1993, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early care and education settings around the world.