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Imagine a world with fewer heart attacks and prisons, better paid childcare staff, happier marriages, more laughter – and a reduced national tax bill along the way. This really is possible if we understand what the science of human connection is telling us. That science has expanded enormously in the last 10 years.

Suzanne Zeedyk works to help people make sense of this science and to realise what it is telling us about human stress, resilience and love. She and her team support parents, professionals and policymakers in developing a deeper understanding of its implications, in order to achieve the very best outcomes for our children and our society.

Dr Suzanne ZeedykDr Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate. Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology. She arrived there from Yale University in the USA, where she had completed her PhD in developmental psychology. In 2011, Suzanne set up an independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She draws on her own research expertise — in areas such as parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the politics of science — as well as the work of many other scientists and practitioners. She now works with organisations across the world.

Her aim is to strengthen awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build. It’s working! In the last three years she’s delivered training to over 20,000 people. During her 20-year academic career, Suzanne published over 50 papers, books, and chapters. She was proud to serve as research supervisor to students at all levels of higher education: undergraduate, masters, and PhD. In 2011, she received the DUSA Award for Most Inspirational Teacher.

Suzanne Zeedyk is the Founder of connected baby.

connected baby brings the science of connection to life. We really do mean to life – because connected baby is all about creating connection. Our aims are to help people understand that science, to spread its message and, especially, to create more connection in our everyday lives.