Marilyn Davillier

Marilyn Davillier, LCSW, Associate Program Director - Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with infants, toddlers, children, and their families, in a teaching, research or clinical capacity for over 30 years.

What began as a career in the Montessori method of pre-school education led to extensive research experience in behavioural paediatrics. In this capacity, she worked extensively with the psychological tools and measures relevant to infant and child development and co-authored several papers on the long-range developmental outcomes of preterm and drug-exposed infants.

Additional post-licensure trainings include: The Brazelton Touchpoints Model of Child Development, The Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Fellowship, Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Downing’s Video Intervention Therapy (VIT), Sandplay Therapy, and Mindfulness Meditation Training.

Ms. Davillier is currently the Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, a two-year fellowship that trains a multidisciplinary group of professionals to treat the disorders of infancy, toddlerhood and early childhood. She also maintains a private practice in Boston that specializes in the parent-child dyadic model of treatment for families with young children under the age of six years of age who are dealing with disorders of behavior, regulation, communication, mood, adoption and trauma. Related therapeutic services also include: Parent Consultation, Family Therapy, Play/Art/Sandplay therapy for elementary and middle-school aged children, Adolescent Psychotherapy, and Couples Therapy. Ms. Davillier lectures both nationally and internationally on meaning-making in the clinical treatment of young children, the importance of limit setting, family narratives, and the use of literature to promote resilience in the private life of the child.