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An Interview with Anita Remig, Ed.D. on Child Development

David Van Nuys, Ph.D. Updated: May 16th 2007

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Anita Remig, Ed.D.Dr. Remig describes the process of attachment and attachment disorders in biological, relational and maturational terms. Recent neuroscience findings have tended to confirm what 1950s child development theorists like John Bowlby suspected - that the quality of a baby's early relationships strongly influences the development of that baby's brain, and therefore, the quality of that baby's ability to regulate emotions, form a coherent sense of self and other and enter into and effectively manage social relationships. Modern imaging techniques have localized some of the brain areas damaged by inadequate, abusive or neglectful early caregiving. The midbrain and orbital prefrontal cortex are involved as are diverse right hemisphere circuits involved with emotional regulation and judgement. In short: Child abuse interferes with brain development.

Various attachment disorders may result from such damage. If not corrected, early on, the sub-adequate brain development that occurs under such conditions may lead to increased vulnerability to "triad" problems, including obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit, and tic and movement disorders such as Tourettes. An increased understanding of how parenting behaviors impact baby's developing brain helps motivate parents to do the things necessary to promote normal brain development: making face to face eye contact, touching and stroking baby, paying attention to baby, mirroring baby's expressions, etc. and similarly stimulating and interactive activities demonstrating love, safety and interest that set up the "communicating feedback loop" between baby and caregivers that stimulates proper brain growth. This knowledge also helps people who have suffered abuse to understand some of what may have happened to them, and how to begin to correct the damage.

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About Anita Remig, Ed.D.

Anita Remig, Ed.D.

Anita Remig, Ed.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist and consultant with over 25 years of experience specializing in learning styles, brain-based research and learning problem interventions. Her practice is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Remig also uses biofeedback and neurofeedback as a clinical tool to support learning, emotional growth and executive functioning. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Child Study Journal, Language and Speech and the Journal of Child Psychology. Her papers have been presented to the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. Dr. Remig regularly conducts seminars across the country. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and an instructor for the University of New Hampshire. She is a "Fellow of the Prescribing Psychologist Register" (F.P.P.R.) and a "Fellow in Serious Mental Illness" (F.S.M.I.) from the Prescribing Psychologist Register. Both fellowships are awarded by the International College of Prescribing Psychologists. Dr. Remig also recently passed the ICCP National Examination for Psychologists in Psychopharmacology and has been awarded a certification as a Medical Psychologist from the Academy of Medical Psychology. Visit her website at

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Exceptional Podcast! - Marcia G - Jul 15th 2007

I commend both of you for this highly informative podcast.  As an emerging professional in the field, I would appreciate more segments with Dr. Remig and others specializing in early childhood (0-3) issues, assessment, interventions.  Please keep up the good work!

PS..Reading "Ghosts from the Nursery" changed career path and continues to haunt me to this day.  It should be required reading in all graduate psychology/mental health/health care programs. 

Response to Anne - David Van Nuys, Ph.D. - May 20th 2007
Anne, thanks for listening and for the excellent review on your blog. May your readership increase!!!



Very pleasant listening - Anned - May 17th 2007

Not only very pleasant, also very informative. Thanks for the wonderful podcast.

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