Verny Award and Lecture
The Thomas R. Verny Award is to be given in Dr. Verny's honor to someone making extraordinary contributions to prenatal and perinatal psychology. Thomas organized the 1st International Congress of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology in Toronto in 1983 and in 1986 became founder and first editor of the Journal of the Association. Beyond the bounds of the organization, his ambitious speaking schedule abroad and his classic work, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (1981) drew world attention (ultimately in over 25 languages) to the vital but overlooked field of prenatal psychology. In the Verny tradition of "Extraordinary Contributions" we have been pleased to recognize the distinguished work of Ashley Montagu (1993), Beatriz Manrique (1995), Michel Odent (1997), David Chamberlain (1999), Ludwig Janus (2001), Laura Huxley (2003), Tiffany Field (2005), Peter Hepper (2007), Gladys T. McGarey (2009), Stan Grof 2010, and Barbara Findeisen (2011).