Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C)

Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C), provides reflective supervision/consultation and specialized infant mental health training to practitioners who work with infants, young children, and their families in a wide variety of work settings. She has worked for over 35 years providing infant family services (IDEA, Part C), as well as training and consultation to families, practitioners, programs and systems in New Mexico, throughout the US, and internationally. Jacqui established the Parent-Infant Study Center in Albuquerque, NM in 2009 to create a community where high quality, relationship-based learning experiences are provided both in person and through distance technology for professionals who work with infants/young children and their families.

Jacqui’s special areas of interest and expertise are:
  • The early social and emotional development that occurs in the context of the parent-young child relationship; and
  • The development of reflective capacity in young children, parents, and practitioners who work in early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, Head Start, and mental health settings.

Serena Wieder, PhD

Serena Wieder, PhD, is the Clinical Director and a founding member of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development and infant mental health of all children, including children, adolescents and adults with autism and other special needs through training and educational programs. She also co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan. Dr. Wieder was a Board Member of Zero to Three for twenty-four years and serves on advisory boards to various programs serving infant mental health and other special needs. She established DIR-Israel and provides consultation and training to international and national programs, including Profectum Certificate Programs in Argentina, Singapore and Brazil.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Wieder has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for interdisciplinary post-graduate case based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience and intervention approaches. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development. Her research interests concern follow up of children on the autism spectrum who have received DIR model comprehensive interventions and the evaluation of training and educational programs.

Dr. Serena Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, M.D. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families as well as the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC 0-3). Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, O.D. She has published numerous journal and book chapters and presents at multiple conferences nationally and internationally. At this time, Dr. Serena Wieder has a private practice in NYC for diagnosis, treatment and consultation regarding complex developmental and mental health challenges.

Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D., an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents. Dr. Chasnoff’s work encompasses community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care, the schools, and the other multiple systems that serve children and families. Dr. Chasnoff has served several U.S. presidential administrations on committees and commissions dedicated to organizing and coordinating services for children and families across the nation and developing policies and procedures for addressing the needs of children at risk from prenatal and postnatal trauma. He also has worked with a wide range of States across the nation and internationally in developing universal outreach and early intervention programs for children and families affected by trauma or substance abuse.

Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the author of numerous research articles regarding the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of high-risk children, and his article on racial and social class bias in the health care system has been cited as a landmark study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Chasnoff has authored twelve books, which have received numerous awards and one of which has been recognized by The Hague International Court. Dr. Chasnoff’s books explore the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of high-risk children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom. His newest book, FASD and the Online World, examines the scientific basis of risk children and teens face in their interactions on the Internet. Dr. Chasnoff is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, writing about high-risk children and their families. The recipient of several awards for his work with women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in America’s Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services. Dr. Chasnoff has been active in establishing comprehensive family intervention programs for children in Australia, Denmark, Portugal, Canada, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and across the United States and has lectured on this topic around the world.

Maria L. Quintanilla, MSW, LCSW

Maria L. Quintanilla is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Latino Family Institute, Inc. (LFI). LFI specializes in providing adoption, kinship care, foster care services and family support services to the Latino community in Southern California. Maria obtained her Master’s in Social Welfare Degree from University of California, Berkeley and also studied Social Welfare and Public Health at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Maria is endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator II. Maria is a Child Trauma Academy Fellow, completing Dr. Bruce D. Perry’s, one-year trauma informed Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Certification.

Maria is a recognized leader in the field of Latino child welfare issues. She has developed a culturally based practice model of service delivery for Latinos and has conducted trainings on this model statewide, nationally, internationally in Canada through her work as a trainer for the National Resource Center for Adoption and the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment. Maria is a board member of the Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) since 2001 and serves as Board Secretary. AEA operates the AdoptUSKids with the US Children’s Bureau since 2002.

Maria has been interviewed on radio, local and national television and various media outlets regarding Latino child welfare issues. In 2017 she was awarded the Dr. Bruce D. Perry “Spirit of the Child Award” for her work. Maria was recently awarded an Adoptions Excellence Award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for her “extraordinary contributions in supporting efforts to improve adoption and other permanency outcomes for children in foster care”.