Donald Wertlieb

Donald Wertlieb, Ph.D., Professor and former Chairman of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts Universityis an applied developmental scientist with a background in clinical-developmental and pediatric psychology.   He serves on the Community Health Policy Board at Tufts and is a Research Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine. His  research interests are understanding the complex processes by which children and families cope with adversity (e.g., marital disruption, chronic illness)  and applying these understandings to program development cultivating resilience in community settings locally, nationally, and internationally.  He served on the NAS/IOM Steering Group of the National Forum on the Future of Children, and was President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, a professional membership organization of about 1000 scholars and practitioners committed to the improvement of health services for children and families.  In 2007, he received the Career Contribution Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychology as a science and a profession from the Massachusetts Psychological Association as well as the APA Lee Salk Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric psychology.  He is the 2009 recipient of the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Child Advocacy from the American Psychological Association. He is president-elect of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.