New Center is Ready to Lend Parents a Hand
Community Liaison to Field Questions and Offer Resources for Support
Nov. 7, 2008
Dallas parents and families have a new resource available to them. The UT Dallas Center for Children and Families, housed in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is ready to begin serving the Dallas community.
Dr. Emily Touchstone has joined the center as its community liaison specialist. Parents may contact Touchstone with concerns about a child, and she will refer them to an appropriate service provider within the city.
“The center is a good first stop when parents don’t know where to turn for support,” said Touchstone. “We can guide them on the road to intervention for their child and help them find the services they need.”
Touchstone developed her clinical and research skills at UT Dallas. She earned a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and her Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She believes her graduate research in infant perception research with BBS professor Melanie Spence will help her in her new role with the center. Within the Center for Children and Families, Touchstone will work to create an infant development center that can offer screening and educational services for families of children ages 0-24 months.
“Dr. Touchstone will be a wonderful asset for our new center because she has a rare blend of strong clinical and research skills, good working relationships with clinicians who are already offering services for children at UT Dallas, and vast knowledge of other resources in the Dallas community,” said Dr. Marion Underwood, interim director of the Center for Children and Families.
The center will soon offer lectures for parent education. Dr. Deborah Wiebe is organizing a lecture series that will begin in the spring.
“I hope the center fills a need for the community to help families receive the services their children deserve,” said Touchstone. “It will also be encouraging to watch the center build a bridge between the University and community to raise awareness of the research we’re doing about how children grow and develop.”
The newly-created center was made possible by a generous challenge grant from the Dallas-based Meadows Foundation. For more information, visit the center’s new Web site.