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Congratulations to our 2017 Emily Fenichel Award Recipients!

Established by the New York Zero-to-Three Network in 2007, the Emily Fenichel Award honors the memory of Emily Fenichel, MSW, Associate Director of ZERO TO THREE: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, whose work often served to bring the voices of 'unsung heroes' in the zero-to-three field to the forefront. Because many zero-to-three leaders and professionals work quietly in their schools or organizations without much public acknowledgement, the Emily Fenichel Award is intended to provide an opportunity for their dedication to be recognized.   
We're thrilled to announce the 11th Annual Fenichel Award Recipients:
Kathleen Deerr
Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D.
The awards will be presented at our Annual Spring Conference to be held on May 12th in New York City. 
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Kathleen Deerr
National Coordinator, Family Place Libraries™

Kathleen Deerr has been working with children and families in public libraries her entire career.  Since 2002, she has served as the National Family Place Libraries™ Coordinator, administering all aspects of this initiative, which transforms libraries into early childhood and family support institutions.  Under her leadership the number of libraries in the Family Place network has more than quadrupled. In late 2012 Family Place was award the prestigious three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Recognizing early on that children's most important role models are parents and caregivers, she has developed many innovative, interdisciplinary programs which focus on parent/child interactions and has administered programs such as the Partners for Inclusion Project, Reach Out and Read, and the Parent Child Home Program in library settings. As the lead trainer and administrator of the Family Place Training Institute, she has trained over 1,200 library administrators and librarians.  She was a member of the IMLS-Campaign for Grade Level Reading Task Force, has served as a guest lecturer at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science and is the co-author of three books,  Running a Parent/Child Workshop:  a How- To-Do-It Manual for Librarians; Including Families of Children with Special Needs and The Family Centered Library Handbook.
Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D. 

Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D. ,  Adjunct Associate Professor is an adult, child, and mother-infant therapist.  She is the Executive Director of RMHA in the Bronx where she has worked for the past 25 years.  She began working at RMHA in 1992 as a second year intern from NYU. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from NYU's  Silver School Social Work and her dissertation was on infant research with Dr. Beatrice Beebe at NYSPI at Columbia University.  Dr. Demetri Friedman has taught at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1999, teaching Theories of Attachment and Early Childhood and Child Development.  She is a therapist in the Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001:  A Primary Prevention Project.  Dr. Demetri Friedman co-edited a special issue on attachment for The Journal of Clinical Social Work as well as a book entitled Attachment-based Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents. She is on the editorial board of JCSW.  She received the Outstanding Alumna Award for her work in infant mental health in 2009.   Dr. Demetri Friedman completed the three-year Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program, of the Contemporary Freudian and IPTAR analytic institutes in October 2015.  Dr. Demetri Friedman is the parenting consultant to the 92nd Street Y.  
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