Ab Initio International | From the Editor

Ab Initio provides an international multidisciplinary forum to enable readers to share their ideas on the health and developmental well-being of infants and their families, with an especial emphasis on the role of the NBAS and the NBO.

The audience for this on-line journal is primarily scholars and practitioners from fields such as psychology, pediatrics, parent-infant mental health, psychiatry, neonatology, early intervention, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, child-life, early education, child advocacy, social work, and anthropology. 

Since Ab Initio is an on-line open-access interdisciplinary publication that is centered on infant development and early relationships, we welcome contributions from the many disciplines that cover the broad area of infant health and early human development.  It is our hope that Ab Initio can be an important voice focusing on research and practice with infants and families and we hope that this issue can contribute to the national and international debate on early care and development.

Finally, we would like to pay tribute to Peggy Recinos, Senior Interactive Designer, Boston Children's Hospital, whose imaginative design skills and her communication and collaborative capacities made this electronic issue of Ab Initio possible.  We are deeply indebted to her.         

- J. Kevin Nugent PhD

Guest Editor

Guest Editor, Lee MacKinnon, is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  She is Director of Family Education and Support at the Hilltown Community Health Centers in Worthington and Huntington, Massachusetts where she has developed services for geographically isolated families.  As a trainer for the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, she works closely with home visitors who support young parents in the statewide Healthy Families program. Lee most recently completed an evaluation of a parenting education program in Pskov, Russia for the University of Massachusetts Institute of Global Health.  She holds an Ed. M. from Harvard University and a B.A. in psychology from Williams College.