Dorothy T. Richardson, Ph.D.

Board Member

Dorothy T. Richardson is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist, Adjunct Professor at UMass Boston Department of Psychology and Program Director of the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship.  Dr. Richardson has worked with young children and their families for over 25 years in a teaching, research and clinical capacity.  In 2003, Dr. Richardson founded the first community-based outpatient infant-parent mental health clinic in the Boston area, The Rice Center for Young Children and Families at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, where she served as Clinical Director for 7 years.  The Rice Center is presently housed at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, where she serves on the Rice Center Advisory Board and Training Faculty.  Dr. Richardson has served on a number of state advisory committees on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, presently serving as President of MassAIMH, Birth to Six (the Massachusetts’ Chapter of the World Association of Infant Mental Health).  She co-developed, with Dr. Ed Tronick, the UMass Boston Infant Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Certificate Program, where she trains an international group of interdisciplinary clinicians (pediatrics, nursing, social work, psychology, occupational therapists and early childhood development specialists) in infant and early childhood developmental research, assessment and interventions.  Dr. Richardson maintains a private practice in the Boston area specializing in parent-child relationship-based treatments for families with children under the age of six who are dealing with disorders of behavior, communication, mood, adoption and trauma, and consults to early childcare and education settings.  Dr. Richardson earned her Masters’ in Education, in Developmental Psychology, from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.