Lasting Influence

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Charles H. Zeanah, Jr.

”So much of the work we do every day to advance infant mental health has been built on Charley's efforts. We have been privileged to have his wisdom and insights shape and lead our organization for years.”

Matthew Melmed,
Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE

Dr. Charles H. Zeanah, Jr. is a model and innovator in the field of infant and early childhood mental health.

His clinical work and research have focused on early childhood experiences and their effects, especially for children who have experienced serious trauma. For all of his contributions and accomplishments, Dr. Zeanah was honored with the 2022 ZERO TO THREE Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Zeanah is the Mary Peters Sellars-Polchow Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He is co-author, with Charles Nelson and Nathan Fox, of Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development, and the Struggle for Recovery. He is also the editor of all four editions of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health, and he chaired the task force that wrote ZERO TO THREE’s DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.

Dr. Zeanah is a graduate of Tulane’s School of Medicine, a past board member and fellow of ZERO TO THREE, and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.