Serena Wieder

Serena Wieder, PhD, is Clinical Director of the Profectum Foundation. Serena also runs her own private practice where she diagnoses, treats, and provides consultation on complex developmental and mental health challenges. Dr. Wieder is a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.

Serena Wieder

Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation

Contributions to the Field

Dr. Wieder is a clinical psychologist who has pioneered important approaches to diagnosing and treating infants and toddlers with infant mental health and developmental disorders. She co-developed the DIR Model with Stanley Greenspan, edited two diagnostic manuals for infants and young children, and created models for post-graduate case-based training and work with parents. She has co-chaired and organized national and international conferences integrating development, neuroscience, and intervention approaches for nearly 20 years. Dr. Wieder also developed approaches to integrate visual-spatial knowledge to advance emotional and cognitive development.


  • Co-Chair of the Board of the Profectum Foundation, dedicated to advancing the development of all children, adolescents and adults with autism and special needs through training and educational programs.
  • Dr. Wieder co-founded the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders with the late Stanley Greenspan.
  • Dr. Wieder also serves on advisory boards to various programs serving special needs, established DIR-Israel, and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Current Research

Follow-up studies of children on the autism spectrum who received DIR®/Floortime™ comprehensive interventions and evaluation of training programs.

Books and Awards

Dr. Wieder co-authored Engaging Autism, The Child With Special Needs and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health with Stanley Greenspan, MD. They also co-edited Infants in Multi-Risk Families, the ICDL Diagnostic Manual for Infants and Young Children (DMIC) and the original Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-3). Most recently, Dr. Wieder co-authored Visual Spatial Portals to Thinking, Feeling, and Movement with Harry Wachs, OD.