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Donis Eichhorn, RN, Ph.D. and Thomas R. Verny, MD, D Psych, FRCP(C)
Donis Eichhorn, RN, Ph.D. is Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics & Center for Child & Familiy Studies, the University of California, Davis. She may be reached at 1509 Del Dayo Drive, Carmichael, Ca 95608. Phone (916) 752-2888. Thomas R. Verny, MD, D Psych, FRCP(C) is the founder of APPPAH. He is considered one of the world's leading authorities on pre- and perinatal psychology. This paper is the result of research, under his direction, during the course of study in pre- and perinatal psychology he pioneered in conjunction with the Department of Human Development, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Program, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis. He may be contacted at 36 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R251, Canada.