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Dr. Welch is a researcher, neuroscientist, and professor, and has been a thought leader and pioneer in the treatment and understanding of emotional, behavioral, and developmental health throughout her clinical and academic career.
In 2020, the Nurture Science Program will reach milestones in research on Family Nurture Intervention in the NICU, Family Nurture Intervention for preschool families, and studies on the use of WECS and WECS+.
Intuitively, we recognize that emotional connection touches the heart. New research findings bring together Polyvagal Theory and the Calming Cycle Theory to better explain how our bodies are affected by our experiences and our relationships.
It’s no secret that Dr. Martha Welch is passionate about the power of emotional connection to improve our lifelong health and development – socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically. She was pleased to meet with a group of individuals from across the country who live out connection every day when they came together in Washington, DC for #WeaveThePeople.
Exciting work is happening at the Nurture Science Program. This year, the NSP will focus on the Welch Emotional Connection Screen (WECS), supporting NICU families, and developing tools to support preschool families.
Dr. Martha G. Welch, Director of the Nurture Science Program, has been named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
A report published in Acta Paediatrica validates this brief measure of mother/infant relational health.
The two-part series provides an intimate look at how mothers and their premature infants are benefiting from the Program’s Family Nurture Intervention (FNI) in the NICU and examines some of the exciting findings from the first randomized control trial.
NPR’s ‘Here and Now’ looks at an ongoing study of Family Nurture in the NICU in San Antonio, Texas.
Videos of mothers and their infants interacting with each other may contain clues to autism risk. Unpublished results were presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.