Laurie Miller Brotman, PhD, is a Prevention Science Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry, and director of the Institute for Prevention Science at the Child Study Center. Dr. Brotman is a clinical developmental psychologist and prevention scientist whose research focuses on the promotion of healthy development among low-income children. She has dedicated her career to the development and study of family-centered interventions in early childhood to support mental health, physical health, and academic success among ethnically diverse children from underserved communities.
Dr. Brotman has been conducting research on young children and families in low-income urban neighborhoods for over 20 years. Her current work focuses on family and school-based preventive interventions for young children. Dr. Brotman is the developer of ParentCorps, a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development. Findings from two randomized controlled trials indicate that ParentCorps has the potential to contribute to national efforts to eliminate the achievement gap and health disparities for poor, minority children. Dr. Brotman has had continuous funding from NIH since 1997 and is currently principal investigator on grants from the NIMH and Institute for Education Sciences.
Dr. Brotman earned her PhD in clinical developmental psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University.
Prior to joining the NYU Child Study Center faculty in 1998, Dr. Brotman was a faculty member in the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University.
At NYU, Dr. Brotman serves as a member of the School of Medicine's Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Community Engagement and Population Health Research Faculty Steering Committee of the Clinical Translational Science Institute and the prevention course development committee for the NYU Global Institute of Public Health. She is on the editorial board of Prevention Science and Aggressive Behavior. Dr. Brotman's work has been published in Pediatrics, Archives of General Psychiatry, Child Development, and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has served two terms on the board of directors of the Society for Prevention Research and was awarded the Society's prestigious 2009 Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award. In 2009, Dr. Brotman was named to the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders.
In the News
Obesity Linked to Poor Mother-Toddler Bond
Dr. Brotman spoke to WebMD about a recently released study on obesity. The new findings, published in the January issue of Pediatrics, show that toddlers who have poor relationships with their mothers are twice as likely to be obese by the time they are teenagers. These results are in line with Dr. Brotman's research which has also suggested that parenting style and parent training can affect childhood obesity. Click here to read the WebMD piece. (December 26, 2011)
Parents: Could This Be the Secret to Helping Your Child Succeed?
Laurie Miller Brotman, PhD, profiled Mary, a 30-year-old single mother of three from Brooklyn and her four-year-old son, Jeremiah in a piece on the Huffington Post. ParentCorps serves parents and young children living in underserved, poor, urban communities. Click here to read Dr. Brotman's post. (December 18, 2010)