Fielding Graduate University and Profectum™ Enter New Articulation Agreement.

Two organizations offering education and advanced training, Fielding Graduate University and Profectum, have signed an articulation agreement to collaborate and expand the outreach of both clinical practice as well as research. This agreement is the beginning of a relationship that aims to benefit practitioners and families interested in fostering a developmental approach to children with neurodiversity and their families.

Fielding Graduate University’s Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) doctoral program and Profectum™ entered into this academic agreement to provide students expanded opportunities for both increased academic study and research, and certification, respectively.

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Jenene Craig, PhD

Jenene Craig, PhD

Dr. Jenene W. Craig received her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development, with emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, from Fielding Graduate University in 2015. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 1982 and her MBA in Business Administration in 1988, sustaining a long career in the field of Occupational Therapy. Read More…


The PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) is a multidisciplinary degree with an emphasis in mental health (IMH)

 and “development, individual- differences, and relationships” (DIR®). Based on the work of Stanley Greenspan, MD, and Serena Weider, PhD, this program promotes relationship-based practices for working with infants, children, and their families. IECD continues in this relationship-based tradition, including the Infant Mental Health (IMH) core and Developmental, Individual differences, and Relationship-based (DIR®) approach, and has expanded the program to include and integrate brain development, law and policy, and culture. It is designed for graduate students interested in working with infants and young children with mental health and developmental challenges and their families. This multidisciplinary program is the only program to award a PhD that focuses on both mental health and developmental disorders covering topics such as autism spectrum, sensory integration, ADHD, and mood disorders. The program offers a unique link between various disciplines within a relationship-based developmental framework geared for students already working in related fields, often with other advanced or professional degrees or licenses.

Our students come from several core disciplines, including psychology, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, mental health, education, early intervention, speech-language pathology, health care (nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians), physical therapy, and others.

Apply by October 22, 2020 to start in SPRING 2021


Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Online Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Critical Thinking Writing Sample
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • No GRE Required