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ZERO TO THREE Mourns Former Board Member Dr. Bob Emde

Dr. Bob Emde

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Former Board Member of ZERO TO THREE

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2021 – This month, the ZERO TO THREE family and the early childhood development community lost a titan and a friend. Dr. Bob Emde was a former board member at ZERO TO THREE and a pioneer in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Emde published more than 300 papers in professional journals, chapters in books, and a film, and he authored, co-authored, or edited 14 books. In 2018, he was honored with the ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award.

Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE, stated:

“It was an honor for me to be able to call Bob not only a mentor, but a friend. His professional accomplishments are legion, but his most lasting achievement was the countless students, fellows, and scholars that he took under his wing and guided to their own fruitful and distinguished careers. He was so proud of all of his students who achieved their own major research and clinical professorships, and because of his efforts, his presence will be felt in the early childhood development field for years to come. He was a remarkable scientist and a better person, and we were all better off for having his presence in our lives. May his memory be for a blessing.”


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/zerotothree,offsite link or follow @zerotothree on Twitter.

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