Renata de Assis is an M.A in Clinical Psychologist and a Parent-Infant Psychotherapist from Columbia University. She holds an undergraduate degree from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro in Clinical Psychology and Economics. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University. Renata’s primary research interest is on early childhood mental health, parental mental health, and early childhood trauma (e.g., hospitalization, sudden separation, and grief). Previously, she was a Project Coordinator in Motherhood Resilience Narratives Lab at Columbia University and a research assistant in multiple labs in New York and Paris (Global Mental Health Lab, Teachers College; Clinical and Developmental Studies Lab, Teachers College and Bellevue Hospital; Critical Time Intervention-Task Shifting (CTI-TS) Lab, Mailman School of Public Health; Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI) Lab, The New School; Parent-Infant Mental Health Lab, Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpetrière).
Additionally, she was trained in Pikler Early Childhood Pedagogy from Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest. Currently, she works as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at the Association to Benefit Children. She also has volunteered in the Child Life Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Previously she worked as an early childhood consultant for La Petite Ecole in New York, and she has had her private practice with children and adolescents in Brazil.