The Scientific Committee
A role of collaboration and guidance
The committee is comprised of a multidisciplinary panel of experts that meets 2 to 3 times a year to evaluate the work of the Association and make recommendations for its future actions and development. Its members serve in a volunteer capacity and often contribute first-hand, by authoring texts, sponsoring actions, or reviewing specific materials prepared by the Association for accuracy and adequacy. The Committee is chaired by Dr. Catherine Verney.
President of the Scientific Committee
Dr. Catherine Verney, French, pharmacist, Doctor of Science, biologist specializing in brain anatomy and chemistry, and Inserm neuroscience researcher on human brain development and brain chemistry.
Currently retired, I help the Association “Ensemble pour l’Education de la Petite Enfance” to integrate scientific knowledge into the ways we care for young children in our country. To that end, better dissemination of the functioning and development of the human brain makes it possible to change mentalities and practices in the institutions involved in such care. In the same vein, I also pass on my holistic knowledge of the brain acquired during my career as a researcher at Inserm.
Members of the Scientific Committee
Dr. Anne-Lise Ducanda, French, medical expert on the issue of children and exposure to screens.
A specialist in Child Health and Development, Dr Anne-lise Ducanda worked for 16 years as a PMI (infant and maternal protection) doctor in the Paris region. It was through caring for hundreds of children in difficulty in preschools and daycare centers that she discovered the impacts of children’s overexposure to screens. Her appearances on numerous media outlets from 2017 onwards led her to become a national and international “whistleblower” on the issue. In Bordeaux-Tresses, she created the first medical office to offer support to families on better use of screens, and to take care of children experiencing difficulties by giving parents concrete recommendations to help them keep control in this new digital world.
- Dr Josette Serres, Doctor in Developmental Psychology, CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research)
Doctor Josette Serres conducts research on the following themes: Deficits following frontal brain lesions, development of attentional capacities in babies, synchronization during mother-baby interactions and discrimination of different tonic accents in bilingual babies. She teaches psychology at René Descartes University and epistemology at the Ecole Supérieure d ‘Ostéopathie. In addition, she is an early childhood trainer and leads educational days as well as numerous conferences.
- Dr Jaqueline Wendland, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology of the perinatal period, Parenthood and Early Childhood
Franco-Brazilian Jacqueline Wendland is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology at the University of Paris. Specializing in baby development, parent-child interactions and parenting, she heads the Perinatal, Early Childhood and Parenthood research team as well as the DU in Psychology and Psychopathology of Parenthood. She is also editor-in-chief of the journal, Périnatalité. After practicing in Brazil and Italy, she worked for over 20 years at the Vivaldi Early Childhood and Parenting Unit, CHU Pitié-Salpêtrière. She coordinates numerous research projects in the fields of perinatal experience, parenthood and early childhood and carries out national and international expertise missions in the fields of parenthood and early childhood (WHO, UNICEF). She is also a member of the Commission for the Valorization of Early Childhood and Culture of Peace of the Brazilian Federal Senate.
- Dr Edwige Antier, Pediatrician
Doctor Edwige Antier is a pediatrician and former intern at Paris hospitals. In her first book, Mémoires d´un Nouveau-né(Memoirs of a Newborn), prefaced by Françoise Dolto, she was already dismayed by the way babies and young children are treated in France. She offered broadcasts on the subject for Radio-France for 26 years.
A member of the National Assembly from 2009 to 2012 where she served on the Social Affairs Commission, she introduced proposed legislation “for the abolition of corporal punishment in education,” and continued her fight until the promulgation of the law in July 2012.
She continues to practice pediatrics in Paris.
She has trained and supported daycare professionals in France for 14 years, in particular in the early detection of children with ADD. She is the author of numerous parenting help books, and has openly shared her views in her interviews with Elisabeth Seillier where she has advocated an approach of educational “proximity.” She is a knight of the Legion of Honor and an officer of the National Order of Merit.
- Dr Gilles Lazimi, General Practitioner
A general practitioner with the municipal health center, Gilles Lazimi is responsible for health prevention actions in the city of Romainville in Seine-Saint-Denis. He is also Professor of General Medicine for the Faculty of Medicine, Sorbonne University. He is involved in many actions: he is a member of the 1000 Days Commission, a member of the National Committee for Intra-Family Violence, and a former member of the HCE from 2013 to 2019. Since 2009, he has been coordinating campaigns for the Fondation pour l’Enfance (the Childhood Foundation), for the City of Romainville, and for STOPVEO (non-profit organization devoted to stopping violence against children) for the abolition of corporal punishment, campaigns which led to the adoption of legislation outlawing spanking and other forms of corporal punishment introduced by Maud Petit and published in the Official Journal on July 11, 2019.
Since 2006, he has also coordinated several campaigns on child victims of violence, including on incest, rape, child crime for the CFCV and Innocence in Danger. He has carried out numerous research projects and has supervised medical theses on domestic violence, sexual violence, the identification of women victims of violence in medical consultations, and child abuse.
- Orla Doyle, Associate Professor, UCD School of Economics / Associate Researcher, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy
The core focus of Dr Doyle’s research is a micro analysis of human behavior. Her areas of expertise include the economics of human development, health economics, early child development and education, and methods for evaluating policy interventions. Over the last ten years, she has developed, led, and consolidated a large research program dedicated to evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programs using experimental and quasi-experimental designs. She also has a particular interest in developing and applying new statistical and methodology techniques to improve the internal and external validity of randomized controlled trials.
Other members of the Scientific Council
- Dr Sylvana Côté, Canadian, psychologist, professor at the School of Public Health of the Public University of Montreal, serves as the International Research Chair in Child Development at the University of Bordeaux
- Dr. Michel Boivin, Canadian, teacher-researcher in psychology of the social development of children, Université de Lava
- Dr. Gregory Michel, French, professor of psychopathology at the University of Bordeaux and clinical psychologist/psychotherapist. Specialist in risky behavior and violent behavior
- Isabelle Vinet, Canadian, Director of the Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Development in Montreal
- Laurent Lescouarch, Former teacher and specialist for RASED (specialized assistance network for students in difficulty) and lecturer at the University of Rouen in the Department of Educational Sciences, he is a member of the CIRNEF laboratory (Normand Interdisciplinary Research Center in Education and Training) and works regularly with teaching teams in the context of research relating to teaching practices
- Arthur Heim, currently working on his thesis at the Paris School of Economics (PSE-EHESS) on the effects of early childhood policies, under the supervision of Marc Gurgand. He previously worked on social investment and educational inequalities at France Stratégie and CNESCO. He also teaches in a master’s program at Sciences Po, Paris
- Isabelle Filliozat, French, psychotherapist, author and speaker
- Michele Guez, French, psychologist, trainer in Nonviolent communication
- Maria Huerta, Mexican, ex-analyst at the OECD and adviser to the director of Progresa, the renowned poverty reduction program
- Sophie Guillaume, French, President of the CNSF (National Committee of Midwives)
- Emmanuelle Langlois, French, psychomotor therapist
- Dr Romain Dugravier, French, child psychiatrist at the Perinatal Psychopathology Center, Institut Paris Brune, Sainte-Anne Hospital Center