Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer, and academic. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, York University, Toronto, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
In 1974 Verny wrote his first book, Inside Groups, for McGraw Hill. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (with John Kelly), Summit Books, 1981, became an international bestseller published now in 27 countries. The Secret Life has changed the pregnancy and childbirth experience for millions of mothers and fathers.
In 1983 Verny founded the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA, renamed APPPAH in 1995), and served as its president for eight years. In 1986 he launched the Association's Journal (JOPPPAH), which he edited from its inception until 1990. He served again as Editor-In-Chief from 2013 to 2016. In 1987 Verny edited Pre- and Perinatal Psychology: An Introduction, published by Human Sciences Press. Verny's next two books were Parenting Your Unborn Child, Doubleday, 1988, and Nurturing the Unborn Child (co-author Pamela Weintraub), Delacorte Press, 1991, and Dell, 1992.
Verny ‘s book, Tomorrow’s Baby: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception through Infancy, written with Pamela Weintraub, was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster, New York, in 2002 and in paperback under a new title, Pre-Parenting: Nurturing Your Child from Conception in 2003. Pre-Parenting is now available in Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese. It will be published in China in 2019. He is the author or co-author of 47 scientific papers and articles. Verny is also a published poet. His collected poems can be found in Cordless, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2014.
In 2004, Mothering Magazine, in recognition of Verny’s contributions to the field of parenting and child rearing, named him one of their “living treasures.” In 2005 the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute bestowed on Verny a Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL).
Verny lives with his wife in Stratford, ON, Canada. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Association and Health (JOPPPAH), Medical Director, Trendy Birth Co. Ltd. Hong Kong and member of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). Verny’s hobbies are chess, photography, and traveling. You can find more information on Verny at trvernymd.com