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Noted Psychiatrist and "Hamilton" Mom to Give Keynote on Parenting at American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 Conference

9/8/2017

Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD., a New York University psychiatrist and mother of the author and star of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda to discuss parenting and attachment, in her keynote address, "We Get the Job Done"

 

CHICAGO – More than 10,000 pediatricians will gather Sept. 16-19 for the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national conference in Chicago, which will include a keynote address from Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD., a New York University psychiatrist and mother of the author and star of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Dr. Towns-Miranda will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at McCormick Place Skyline Ballroom about attachment and child psychology. She will draw on both her decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and her personal experience as the mother of two children to illuminate how attachment works and what pediatricians can do help parents nurture positive bonds with their children. The address, entitled "We Get the Job Done: Attachment and Nurturance," is a nod to one of the most famous lines from her now-famous son's musical "Hamilton" – "Immigrants, we get the job done."

Dr. Towns-Miranda received her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University (NYU) and was licensed in 1985. She received her postdoctoral certificate from NYU in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1998. She has served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Medicine at Albert Einstein's College of Medicine, and on the New York Psychology Board since 2001. She also has experience conducting custody evaluations for the Family and Supreme courts. She is a member of the Trauma Specialization Certification Program Committee, NYU Postdoctoral Program of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, teaching about the impact of trauma on children.

Her son, Lin-Manuel Miranda was born in 1980 and today is one of the world's most prominent and talked about composers, playwrights and actors. He's best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals "Hamilton" and "In the Heights," but also co-wrote the songs for Disney's hit movie musical "Moana." He has received two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and three Tony Awards.

Journalists may request an interview with Dr. Luz-Miranda by contacting the AAP Department of Public Affairs at commun@aap.org or 847-434-7877, where they can also obtain embargoed news releases and research abstracts for the conference. For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and meeting highlights, visit the AAP Press Room or contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs.

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