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Faculty & Staff

MTB National Office Staff

  • Co-Founder & Director of Research

    Lois S. Sadler is a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing and the Yale Child Study Center, where she teaches master’s and doctoral nursing students in the areas of family studies, child and adult development, pediatric health promotion, research, research ethics and adolescent health. Dr. Sadler received her BS degree from the University of Massachusetts, her MSN degree from Yale University School of Nursing, and her PhD from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with teen parents in New Haven since 1979.

    Dr. Sadler’s research is in the area of the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent parents and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and evaluation of specialized support programs for at-risk young parents and their children. Her publications and presentations are in the area of adolescent primary health care issues, community-engaged research, high risk families, adolescent parenthood, and home visiting. In 2014, the home visiting program, Minding the Baby®, developed and tested with colleagues from the Yale Child Study Center was designated by the Department of Health and Human Services as an evidence-based home visiting model, one of only 19 models nationwide. The MTB program is being implemented in Connecticut, Florida, Denmark, England and Scotland. A home visiting program adapted from MTB is being implemented and tested in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

    Dr. Sadler’s current research includes serving as mPI with Dr. Nancy S. Redeker on an NINR-funded community-based mixed methods study of sleep patterns and healthy sleep intervention development with multicultural community families raising young infants and children.

  • Co-Founder & Director of Training

    Arietta Slade, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York. An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has published widely on reflective parenting, the clinical implications of attachment theory, the development of parental mentalization, and the relational contexts of early symbolization, and regularly presents her work to national and international audiences. For the past 20 years she has been co-directing Minding the Baby, an interdisciplinary reflective parenting home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing. This program is one of only 18 certified “evidence-based” home visiting programs in the United States. Dr. Slade is author, with Jeremy Holmes of Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (SAGE Publications, 2018), and editor, with Jeremy Holmes of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994).

  • Director of Operations

    As Communications Officer at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC), Crista manages internal and external communication in partnership with departmental leadership. She develops and implements strategic communications plans targeted at multiple audiences and works to develop and sustain relationships and connectivity within and across the CSC community. Crista also provides marketing and communications support for a variety of training programs at the CSC, including Minding the Baby® (MTB). Prior to her current role at the CSC, Crista served as MTB Operations Director, leading a variety of initiatives surrounding implementation, research, and training in the basic tenets of the MTB clinical model. Since she began working at Yale in 2002, she has served as a Research Associate, Project Director, Chairperson for the Child Study Center (CSC) Web and Social Media Committee, and Member of the CSC Branding and Networking Committee. Crista holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications from Northeastern University; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University; and a Master of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University, where she sharpened her expertise in developmental literacy and served as a home visitor for a school-based home visiting program with families of Kindergarteners in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to her work in teaching and academic research, Crista’s professional background includes work in public relations, nonprofit management, web development, professional editing, grant facilitation, marketing, and job training.