The IDA-2 Authors



Sally Provence M.D. (1917-1993)



Sally Provence Yale Child Study Center IDA AuthorSally Provence M.D., Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale School of Medicine, was a Founding Member of Zero To Three. Sally was infinitely wise about young children and was a powerful influence on all her colleagues and students including the other IDA authors.  Her work is reflected throughout the IDA and the Provence Developmental Profile is an important part of her legacy.


  Joanna Erikson M.P.H.



Joanna Erikson Yale Child Study Center IDA AuthorJoanna Erikson, M.P.H., is a specialist on public policy and child development with a focus on children with developmental disabilities. She was a Lecturer at the Child Study Center, Yale University and worked closely with Sally Provence on the development of IDA. Joanna was a consultant to state and local programs including the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Department of Education to develop systems to identify young children with special needs, a major focus of IDA. As program director of IDA, she coordinated the planning, field testing, evaluation studies and dissemination of the program. As editor of the IDA Study Guide she worked with colleagues from many disciplines to develop the curriculum for the education program. The IDA Study Guide is designed to be used along with the Administration Manual to learn the assessment process and as a course syllabus.


  Susan Vater Ed.M.



Susan Vater IDA Author and President of the IDA InstututeSusan Vater Ed.M., is a policy, planning, and program development specialist with expertise in clinical early childhood development, inter-agency collaboration, and systems design. She has developed and managed programs in Maternal and Child Health and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for the City of Hartford, State of Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund, and the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI). She serves as President of the CT Association of Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) and recently led the initiative to design and implement the Mid-level Developmental Assessment (MLDA) model at Hartford Connecticut’s Village for Families and Children in collaboration with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/ Office for Community Child Health and the Child Health and Development Institute.


  Kyle Pruett M.D.



Kyle Pruett MD Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry Yale School of Medicine Kyle D. Pruett, MD, Past President of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors and Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, is author of over a hundred publications, co-author of the Infant Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA-2), international lecturer, media consultant and pioneering researcher on developmental impact of positive paternal engagement on young children. Dr. Pruett is an internationally known expert and forensic consultant on child, parental and family development, children’s mental health, creativity, and the effects of media, trauma, and divorce on children. He was recently awarded the Lifetime Teaching Award at the Yale Child Study Center.


  Jennifer Rosinia Ph.D., OTR/L



Jennifer Rosinia PhD IDA2 AuhtorJennifer Rosinia is an Occupational Therapist and Child Development Specialist. A master clinician and a gifted teacher, Dr. Rosinia has a special interest in the neurosciences, specifically sensory processing, the influence that stress and adverse experiences have on the developing child as well as social emotional learning and the importance of relationships. Adjunct faculty at the Erikson Institute for many years, Jennifer has also taught courses and guest lectured at several colleges and universities around the Chicago area.  With a growing national reputation as a powerful speaker and consultant, Jennifer brings a healthy balance of humor, passion and expertise to all of her presentations.  She is the president of Kid Links Unlimited, Incorporated a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals and kids with their optimal potential.


  Saro Palmeri M.D.



Sally Provence Yale Child Study Center IDA AuthorDr. Palmeri is a physician trained in Pediatrics, and in Clinical Child Development at the Yale Child Study Center. Now retired, he was State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Child Development Program Director for many years. He worked closely with Sally Provence at the Yale Child Study Center where he was Assistant Clinical Professor. He writes in the field of Clinical Child Development and contributed to a major work in Early Identification.