Dr. Thomas R. Verny




My talks are usually 1.5 to 2 hours long, supported by Power Point. If required, self-assessment questions, handouts, references, and CEU forms will be supplied. These topics can also be discussed in depth in workshops and seminars, or I can offer an all-day workshop. The following is a representative list of past lectures.

The Neurobiology of Attachment and Bonding
We shall examine current scientific research on bonding, attachment and breast-feeding starting with the seminal contribution in the 1950's of John Bowlby, followed by Marshall Klaus and John Kennel. Their work was materially informed by the research of Mary Ainsworth in her Strange Situation. The discovery that oxytocin, vasopressin and other neurohormones play a major part in bonding/attachment further contributed to our understanding of this primary relationship. Recently, research by Allan Schore on the neurobiology of attachment has provided us with fresh new insights.

An Introduction to Pre and Perinatal Psychology: New Directions in Understanding Early Human Development
During the past few years through the combined efforts of embryologists, physiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and many other health professionals, a new science of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology has emerged. This science explores and elucidates all aspects of early human development from conception through infancy based on genetics, neurobiology and psychology. Because the prenatal and early postnatal stages determine to a very large extent our biological and psychological makeup, it follows that they provide a unique and best opportunity for the primary prevention of biological and psychological disorders. It is equally true that in order to treat a majority of adult psychological and medical conditions, an understanding of their fetal origins is essential.

Do Genes Matter?
Converging and replicated evidence from experimental and clinical studies indicate that, before their offspring is even conceived, a parent’s life experiences involving food, drugs, exposure to toxic products and stress can affect the development and health not only of their children, but even of their grandchildren. Thus, an epigenetic hypothesis for environmental contributions to health continues to gain traction (e.g. Costa, 2009; McGowan, 2010; Roth, 2009; Tsankova, 2007).

The Pre and Perinatal Origins of Adult Diseases and Personality Disorders
This talk explores the effects of psychological stress, anxiety and depression in the prenatal period on the unborn child. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of stress on brain structures underlying memory, the immune system, personality, and increasing the risk of the development of many adult diseases.

Secret Lessons: How Parents Shape the Personalities of their Children from before Birth

Basic Goodness: The Origins and Development of Trust, Empathy and Altruism

The Birth of Violence

Womb Ecology = World Ecology

Rocking the Inner Cradle: Essentials of Conscious Parenting from Conception

The Stork in The Lab: Biological, Psychological, Ethical, Social and Legal Aspects of Third Party Conceptions

Uses and Abuses of Pre and Perinatal Material in Psychotherapy

What Cells Remember: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Memory