Kathryn E. Barnard

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Kathryn E. Barnard



Kathryn E. Barnard


Parent-Child Interaction Model

Professor and Director of Center on Infant Mental Health and Development. School of Nursing. Psychology. Center of Human Development and Disability.

Barnard has developed evidence-based assessment and parent education protocols that are used worldwide and have revolutionized clinical practice with infants and their parents. Her international advocacy efforts that have led to changes in health policy that promote infant development.

The core value of Barnard's lifelong work has been to show that healthy infant development is dependent upon a parent or caretaker responding to signals from the child in a loving and dependable manner, starting from the moment of birth.

Kathryn E. Barnard About the School  Named Spence Professor of Nursing. In recognition of her outstanding leadership, scholarship and passion for the well being of infants and young children.


Slide presentation. Overview on some of Professor Barnards’ work:

  • Kathryn E. Barnard Professor and Director of Center on Infant  - University of Washington.

  • Parent-Child Interaction Model - In the 1970s, when Barnard began her studies of infants and their mothers, there was minimal appreciation of the connections between earliest communication, touch, brain growth, and the ways humans develop the social, emotional and behavioral capacities to self-regulate, connect with others, and experience the world as a safe and predictable place. (Information from Nursingtheory.net)

Professor Barnard presented with the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the advancement of personal health services in the Fields of Child Development and Parent Education.

  • IOM Innovators in Fields of Child Development and Parent Education. -  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies will present this year's Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the advancement of personal health services to two outstanding leaders: Kathryn E. Barnard, founder and director of the Center for Infant Mental Health and Development, and T. Berry Brazelton, president and chair of the Brazelton Foundation Inc.

  • Barnard Honored by Institute of Medicine -  In recognition of her pioneering work to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of infants and young children, Dr. Kathryn Barnard has received the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the Institute of Medicine.

Available Publications

Teaching the mentally retarded child;: A family care approach
Unknown Binding: 158 pages
Publisher: Mosby (1972)
ISBN: 0801604850

Touch: The Foundation of Experience (Clinical Infant Reports, No 4)
Revised and expanded proceedings of the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Round Table X on the role of touch in development and well-being. The 21 papers explore philosophical and neuroanatomical perspectives, animal studies, touch as an integration and learning system for preterm infants, therapeutic touch, and the importance of touch throughout the life span. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Hardcover: 596 pages
Publisher: International Universities Press (October 1, 1990)
ISBN: 0823666050

Teaching children with developmental problems: A family care approach
Unknown Binding: 182 pages
Publisher: Mosby; 2d ed edition (1976)
ISBN: 0801604869

Social Support and Families of Vulnerable Infants (Birth Defects Original Article Series)
Paperback: 339 pages
Publisher: March of Dimes Birth Defects (May 1, 1985)
ISBN: 0865250308

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