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A Psychologist in Child Development

Meet Judith Wides, the Director of Counseling and Family Support at the National Child Research Center Preschool in Washington D.C., one of the pioneering inclusion model preschools in the United States. With a background in psychology and philosophy, her passion for working with young children was ignited during her undergraduate years. Since then, she's dedicated her career to early intervention and child development. Her extensive experience, including training at the prestigious Brazelton Institute, has deepened her understanding of parent-child relationships and intervention strategies. Judith highlights the importance of curiosity, observation, and mindfulness in the field of child development, emphasizing the value of face-to-face interactions while recognizing the potential for technology, such as AI, to enhance learning and support for children and families.

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Judith Wides

Judith Wides is the Director of Counseling and Family Support at the National Child Research Center Preschool (NCRC) in Washington, DC. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Judith has spent her career advocating for increased access and programming in the field of Early Childhood Mental Health. Prior to moving to Washington DC, in 2012, Judith was a lead clinician in the infant/toddler mental health program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also served as the president of the New Jersey Association of Infant Mental Health for three years, where she lobbied state wide for increased family centered programming and training across New Jersey. As the Director of Counseling and Family Support at NCRC for the last ten years, Judith oversees the programming for children with special educational needs, as well as providing support and education for the teaching faculty and parent community. In addition, Judith has overseen research collaborations between NCRC and the Harvard University Frontiers of Innovation Program, The Georgetown University Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, and the Catholic University Department of Psychology. She has also partnered with George Washington University to mentor trainee therapists in working with very young children.

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