Global Ambassadors

Our vision at the Self Regulation Institute is supported and shared globally by our internationally esteemed Global Ambassadors. 


Jean Clinton, M.D.

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital.  She is also a senior scientist at the INCH (INfant Child Health) Lab at McMaster University. IN addition she is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for almost 30 years. Dr Clinton was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education.

Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.


Norah Fryer

Norah Fryer is a retired Early Childhood Co-ordinator who specialised in and still contributes to professional development programmes for teachers.  Her current participation in the MEHRIT Centre international project and the IMHAANZ affiliate of the WAIMH involves the neuro-scientific research studies surrounding the contribution of positive and meaningful human relationships.

Growth fostering connections form the foundation for the development of resilient strategies, which in turn create relational competence.  Relational competence can elevate us to feel safe within our human community where real resilience resides. Future research needs to view resilience as a relational phenomenon rather than a personality attribute; which in turn could lead us to deepen our understanding and significance; of the value and positive power, within our daily human growth fostering connections, for supporting curiosity, openness, responsiveness and respect.

“Movement towards empathic mutuality is at the core of relational resilience” (Jordan, 1992)


Gerard Costa, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerard Costa is the founding director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Costa was the founding director of the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, a training and consultation, clinical service and research program concerned with the optimal development of infants and children, birth to six years, within the context of their relationships.

Dr. Costa currently serves on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (NJCAP) Program and is a Member and Past President of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJ-AIMH). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL), and serves on the DIR Institute and ICDL Graduate School Faculty, founded by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder. He served on the BUILD NJ Committee, addressing public-private initiatives for early learning, birth to five years of age, the NJDHSS Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Committee, and the New Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI) Task Force. Dr. Costa has served as a consultant to ZERO TO THREE and the Early Head Start –National Resource Center, serving as one of 22 national consultants for the Pathways to Prevention project, an infant mental health initiative for selected Early Head Start programs.

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