Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer and academic. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, York University, Toronto, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
In 1974 Verny wrote his first book, Inside Groups, for McGraw Hill. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (with John Kelly), Summit Books, 1981 followed this. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child has become an international bestseller published in 27 countries. The Secret Life has changed the pregnancy and childbirth experience for millions of mothers and fathers.
In 1983 Verny founded the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA, renamed APPPAH—Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health – in 1995), and served as its president for eight years. In 1986 he launched the APPPAH Journal – the Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JAPPAH) (Human Sciences Press, New York), which he edited from its inception until 1990. In 2013 he became once again Editor-In-Chief of the JAPPPAH. In 1987, Verny edited Pre- and Perinatal Psychology: An Introduction, published by Human Sciences Press. Verny's next two books were Parenting Your Unborn Child (Doubleday 1988), and Nurturing the Unborn Child (co-author Pamela Weintraub, Delacorte Press 1991, and Dell 1992).
In a departure from his previous scientific writings, in 1982 Verny wrote a weekly column, Lifelines, in The Toronto Star, and edited an anthology of short stories and poems about fathers and grandfathers entitled Gifts of Our Fathers (Crossing Press 1994). He is also a published poet. His poetry has appeared in Everyman, A Men's Journal (Paterson Literary Review, issue 23), Beyond Lament (ed. Marguerite M. Striar, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL); Marking Humanity (ed. Shlomit Kriger, Soul Inscription Press, Toronto; Archetypal Review of Culture. Vol. 1, no. 1, Paterson Literary Review, issue 39, Letters and Pictures from the Old Suitcase, ed. Lil Bloom, Pinking Shears Publications and Humanist Perspectives, issue 179. In 2014, Ekstasis Editions, Vancouver, BC published his collected poems in Cordless.
In 1998 he collaborated with Sandra Collier on creating LOVE CHORDS, a compilation of classical music for pregnancy published by The Childrens Group, Pickering, ON Canada.
Verny’s latest book, TOMORROW’S BABY: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception through Infancy, co-authored with Pamela Weintraub, was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster, New York, in 2002 and in paperback under a new title, PRE-PARENTING: NURTURING YOUR CHILD FROM CONCEPTION in 2003. The book explores the implications of recent discoveries in the brain sciences and Prenatal Psychology for early human development, personality and parenting. Pre-Parenting is now available in Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
In addition to seven books, Verny is the author or co-author of 46 scientific papers and articles. He has participated in more than 250 newspaper, radio and TV interviews, including appearances with Donahue, Merv Griffin, Oprah, Sally Jessy Raphael, Barbara Walters, and Unsolved Mysteries. Vision TV, Toronto, Canada, produced a 15-minute special on Verny and his book, Gifts of Our Fathers, in 1996.
Verny's books, professional publications and founding of the PPPANA and the Pre- and Perinatal Journal, have established him as one of the world's leading authorities on the effect of the prenatal and early postnatal environment on personality development. He has lectured and given workshops on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. In 2004 Mothering Magazine, in recognition of Verny’s contributions to the field of parenting and child rearing, named him one of their “living treasures.” In 2005 the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute bestowed on Verny a Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL).
Dr. Verny is a member of the Ontario Review Board (ORB) and Associate Editor of the Journal of the Association for Pre and Peri-natal Psychology and Health (JAPPPAH).