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Emotionally Connecting During Crisis

April 1, 2020

We’re all dealing with big fears and challenges right now, and maintaining emotional connection is more important than ever. When we don’t connect with others, our brains can’t develop optimally, or function well. One-on-one time can help: here’s how.

2020 Vision: A Milestone Year

December 19, 2019

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+.

Family Nurture Intervention for Preschool-Aged Children

December 19, 2019

The Columbia Nurture Science Program has been studying Family Nurture Intervention with preschool families to understand how supporting emotional connection can help address emotional and behavioral problems. Follow up assessments and data analysis are ongoing, but there has already been positive feedback from parents and Head Start staff.

How Emotional Connection Affects Our Hearts

July 17, 2019

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.

Emotional Connection Weaves Us Together

July 17, 2019

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.

Bringing Family Nurture Care to The Valley Hospital NICU

July 16, 2019

The Nurture Science Program team is excited to partner with The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, to conduct a study on integrating Family Nurture Intervention into standard care in the NICU.

Collaborations: Dr. David O’Banion Leads WECS Training for Medical Residents

February 12, 2019

Dr. David O’Banion, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Emory University, talks about his collaboration with the Nurture Science Program.

Research Findings Point the Way Forward

February 11, 2019

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.

Martha G. Welch, MD, Honored by American Psychiatric Association

January 23, 2019

Dr. Martha G. Welch, Director of the Nurture Science Program, has been named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

The WECS is a new tool for evaluating emotional connection between parent and child.

Welch Emotional Connection Screen (WECS) Validated in New Study

June 30, 2018

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