Since 2002 the Reiss Davis Child Study Center has selected living pioneers in the field of infant, child or adolescent psychology to come to the Vista Del Mar campus and conduct a 6 hour continuing education program. The event occurs in late winter, and can draw up to 400 attendees, so early registration is recommended. All currently enrolled students at RDGC can attend this event co-curricularly, please contact the registrar well before the event to verify your spot.
Note that the Edna Reiss-Sophie Greenberg Chair event occurs within the Saturdays at the Center sequence, and replaces the shorter (3 hour) lecture that would otherwise be scheduled for that month. A full description of the most recent (or upcoming) chair event can be found in the current Saturdays at the Center brochure, released in the fall.
The 2019 Reiss-Greenberg Chair Honoree will be announced fall of 2018.
Past Chair Honorees:
2018 - Peter Fonagy, PhD, a pioneer in the field of attachment and mentalization, is the author of numerous research studies and books including Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of the Self. Our 14th annual Chair lectured at the Skirball on January 19, 2018 on the topic of: Imagination and Psychotherapy: My Evolving Thoughts on the Application of Mentalization When Working with Children, Adolescents, and Parents.
2017 - Ed Tronick, PhD, developer of the Still-Face Paradigm and the Model of Mutual Regulation. Our 13th annual Chair lectured on Friday, January 20, 2017 on the topic of: My Work on Infants' Making of Meaning of Their Self in Relation to the World of People, Things, and Their Own Self.
2016 - Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, founder of the Child Trauma Academy, author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, and pioneer or the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Our 12th annual Chair lectured on February 26, 2016 on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.
2015 - Alicia Lieberman, PhD, director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco Research Hospital, author of numerous books including The Emotional Life of the Toddler, and pioneer of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) model of therapeutic intervention. Our 11th annual Chair lectured on February 27, 2015 on Helping Young Children Cope with and Repair the Effects of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment - a Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) approach.
2014 - Bessel van der Kolk, MD, director of The Trauma Center in Boston, also the director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), author of numerous book including The Body Keeps the Score, pioneer in the field of physiological and neurological integration in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma. Our 10th annual Chair lectured on January 31, 2104 on Trauma and Development: how to more comprehensively understand, more accurately diagnose and more effectively treat children and adolescents who might have a Developmental Trauma Disorder.
2013 - Stephen Porges, PhD, director of the Brain-Body Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago, principal researcher for Behavioral Neuroscience at the Research Triangle Institute Internantional, North Carolina, author of the Polyvagel Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation, creator of the Polyvagel Theory. Our 9th annual Chair lectured on February 8, 2013 on Making the World Safe for our Children: Down-regulating defense and up-regulating social engagement to optimize human development.
2011 - Peter A. Levine, PhD, founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment, NASA stress consultant, lecturer, teacher, author of In An Unspoken Voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness and many other works, developer of Somatic Experiencing. Our 7th Annual Chair lectured on February 11, 2011, on Developmental Neurobiology and the Effects of Trauma on the Developmental Trajectory with and Emphasis on Examining Somatically Oriented Interventions and Prevention Strategies in Working Clinically with Children and Adolescents.
2009 - Joseph Palombo, LCSW, Our 6th Annual Chair
2008 - T. Barry Brazelton, MD, Our 5th Annual Chair
2005 - Allan Schore, PhD, Our 4th Annual Chair
2004 - Daniel Siegel, MD, Our 3rd Annual Chair
2003 - Stanley Greenspan, MD, Our 2nd Annual Chair
2002 - James Gooch, MD, Our 1st Annual Chair
Recipients are Recognized for their Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health