Wertlieb, Donald

Donald Wertlieb Tufts University, USA

Donald Wertlieb, Ph.D., is Director of the Tufts University Center for Children and Professor and former Chairman of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development.  He is an applied developmental scientist with a background in clinical-developmental and pediatric psychology.  His major research interests are understanding the complex processes by which children and families cope with stressors such as marital separation and divorce and chronic illness.  In addition to his basic research, he conducts program evaluations of community partnerships and other collaborations.  He was recently funded by the National Cancer Institute to develop a multimedia interactive health education curriculum aimed at preventing drug, alcohol, and nicotine abuse by young people.  He served on the steering group of the National Forum on the Future of Children and Families and was president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (1996-1999), a professional membership organization of about 1,000 scholars and practitioners committed to the improvement of health care research and services for children and families.  He has been interim chairman of the Department of Education at Tufts and a lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.