The Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center is a unique research program rooted in a new, evidence-based understanding of the critical role emotional connection plays in healthy child development.

Our multidisciplinary team is committed to rigorous research, and continues to develop and test nurture-based therapies that support emotional connection to help children and families address, and even avoid, emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges.


Emotional connection and autonomic
co-regulation drive behavior and development.


The power of nurture is evident from molecular biology to clinical research.


Translating research findings to evidence-based care can help children and families everywhere.

What We Hope to Achieve

Millions of children suffer from emotional, behavioral, and developmental disorders that can be addressed or prevented. Current treatment strategies often are not effective. The Nurture Science Program’s work can help children and their families.

Over the past 10 years, the Nurture Science Program has amassed considerable evidence to support interventions that advance the child-family emotional connection that is critical to healthy child development. Imagine the possibilities when all children and families have this kind of support.

A recent report published in Acta Paediatrica validates this brief measure of mother/infant relational health.

The series provides an intimate look at how mothers and infants benefit from Family Nurture Intervention in the NICU.

NPR's 'Here and Now' looks at an ongoing study of Family Nurture in the NICU in San Antonio, Texas. 

8/18/2016 Calming Cycle Theory

This Acta Paediatrica article describes the role of visceral/autonomic learning in early mother and infant/child behavior and development.