T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on pediatrics and child development. Author of over 200 scholarly papers, he has written over 40 books on pediatrics, child development, and parenting. Translated into more than 20 languages, these include the now classic Infants and Mothers, and the bestselling Touchpoints series. His groundbreaking Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) is now used worldwide to recognize the physical and neurological responses of newborns, as well as emotional well-being and individual differences. The NBAS has inspired numerous infant assessment tools and more than 1,000 research publications. It continues to transform our understanding and shaping of caregiving environments.
A tireless advocate for families with young children, Dr. Brazelton has been a leading force behind the pediatric healthcare revolution that opened 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 99-457, which extends the rights and protections of the individuals with Disabilities and Education Act to young children. In 1989, Dr. Brazelton was appointed to the National Commission on Children, raising public awareness of the plight of young children living in poverty, and urging the inclusion of their needs and rights in the national political agenda. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. In 1993, he founded the Brazelton Touchpoints Center ® (BTC) at Boston Children’s Hospital where he continues to promote strengths-based, family-centered care in pediatric and early education settings around the world.
"Meeting Dr. Brazelton, hearing him share his touching stories with families and then presenting my MCHB research to him, was by far the pinnacle of my career. It was an honor to be in his presence as he encompasses what I strive for as a pediatrician working with families of children with special needs."
Roxanne S. Almas, MD, MSPH | 3rd Year DBP Fellow | Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island Hospital
“I guess we all have read about his work, but getting to meet him, listen to him and pair the name with the person was a wonderful and very touching experience.”
Luisa F. Cala Cala, MD | 2nd Year DBP Fellow | Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island Hospital
“It was a great honor to meet one of the greatest pediatricians of our time. It was a privilege to listen to him speak. His charismatic personality had everyone enthralled.”
Ayesha Cheema-Hasan, MD | 1st Year DBP Fellow | Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics | Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island Hospital
“It was really touching to have Dr. Brazelton speak to our group, since in many ways he is the father of our field, and has inspired many DBP’s over the years.”
Yvette Yatchmink, MD, PhD | Faculty Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics |
Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island Hospital
“Dr. Brazelton trained my DBP mentor Peter Gorski and Yvette's DBP mentor Jack Shonkoff. We have decided that this makes Yvette and I Brazelton DBP grandchildren and all of our fellows Brazelton DBP great grandchildren. It was terrific to pull this part of his DBP family together and have you capture it on film for us! Thank you!”
Pamela C. High, MD | Director Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics | Hasbro Children’s/Rhode Island Hospital
“As part of our MCHB conference this year Dr. T. Barry Brazelton was the keynote speaker. At the age of 95 he is THE most inspirational medical speaker I have ever heard. He loves children so purely, so completely, that all who listen to him love children more. His gift is to see a child and help parents increase their love for their own children. Rarely has a person seen one of my children in a light that lifted, inspired and expanded the love I have for them. Barry had this effect on me for all children. Remarkable!”
Dewayne Lazenby, MD | 2nd Year DBP Fellow| Boston Children’s Hospital
“As with many of the fellows in attendance, I read some of Dr. Brazelton's work early in my pediatric career and was captivated by the notion of understanding the capacities of infants and young children and fostering parental self-efficacy. It had a large impact on my decision to pursue a career in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Meeting him was quite an honor, to say the least. He was very kind and gracious, and patient with all of us "star-struck" fellows wanting a picture with him!”
Scott J. Brown, MD | 3rd Year DBP Fellow | University of California, San Diego