Meet The Team
The Nurture Science Program at Columbia Medical Center seeks to engage the family as a central and critical agent of treatment for inflammatory, developmental, and behavioral disorders. We aim to create, test, and standardize assessment tools that measure physiologic changes after treatments. We also will train and educate researchers and clinicians through mentored fellowships. Following testing, effective and proven interventions will be standardized, replicated, and to the extent possible disseminated to other healthcare systems.
Martha G. Welch, MD
Martha G. Welch has been a pioneer in the treatment of what are commonly referred to as childhood psychiatric disorders for more than 30 years. Her work has led her to question some of society's most basic assumptions about the nature of behavior. Today as the Director of the Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Welch leads a research team that is testing her approach to treatment and is helping to reveal a scientific explanation for the underlying biological phenomenon she believes is at the basis of her intervention, what she calls emotional co-regulation. Dr. Welch defines her theory as such: States of dysregulation are due to deficient co-regulation from close personal relationships and is opposed to the prevailing theory that such states are due to the inability to self-regulate.
Dr. Michael Myers
Dr. Myers is Professor of Behavioral Biology in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center and is also Research Chief of the Division of Developmental Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has over 40 years of research experience in the field of Developmental Psychobiology. His animal model and human infant studies have focused on understanding the importance of the interplay between biological and behavioral processes during early development, especially as these relate to early mother-infant interactions as shapers of risk and resilience to emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems.
Dr. Amie Hane
Dr. Hane is a Developmental Psychologist and The Director of Behavioral Coding for the Nurture Science Program. Dr. Hane is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Williams College, where she is a faculty member in Psychology and in the Neuroscience and Public Health Programs. She is Visiting Associate Professor in the division of Developmental Neuroscience at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Hane has studied mother-infant/child interaction in the context of longitudinal research for more than 15 years. Her research focuses on the social regulation of stress, and demonstrates that quality of mother-infant interaction is associated with behavioral and physiological changes in children that persist across development.
Dr. Manon Ranger
Dr. Manon Ranger is a research scientist and registered nurse whose translational research focuses on integrating basic animal studies with clinical studies in preterm neonates undergoing intensive neonatal care to uncover mechanisms of vulnerability to early adversity (e.g. separation from the mother, stress and pain) in relation to brain development. Within the Nurture Science Program, her priority research areas is to undercover new biomarkers of risk for suboptimal neurodevelopmental outcomes in preterm infants, with the overall goal to develop methods to mitigate the adverse effects of these undesirable events. She is looking beyond the boundaries of traditional nursing research by conducting cross-disciplinary translational so that her work will have a direct impact for improving the health of the most vulnerable infants and their families.