Dane Fitzmorris has worked in Developmental Studies in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics since 1998 on a variety of federal and state funded projects, all of which have focused on home, center-based and hospital-based interventions with families and young children, birth to three years. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Ms. Fitzmorris has provided hospital based developmental services to chronically ill/chronically hospitalized children as well as home based High Risk Infant Follow Up services to medically eligible children. In 2001, she joined the co-principal investigators Dr. Judy. Howard and Dr. Leila Beckwith on the Legacy for Children™ research project assessing the effects of comprehensive intervention on the mother-child relationship in low-income families. Ms. Fitzmorris co-authored the UCLA curriculum and became the project director. The Legacy for Children™ parenting curriculum was published in 2010 by The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since 2011, she has been working with the CDC on community based implementation of the Legacy for Children™ curricula and provides technical assistance to implementing agencies in a number of States around the country. In 2018, Ms. Fitzmorris became the director of the Legacy for Children™ training center at UCLA. Since 2008, Ms. Fitzmorris has been the Director of the UCLA Intervention Program where she oversees an interdisciplinary team of professionals composed of early childhood educators and physical and occupational therapists. The UCLA Intervention Program is a center-based early intervention program providing educational, diagnostic and therapeutic services to infants and toddlers with a range of developmental risks and disabilities.
Maria Gonzalez has worked in the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program within the UCLA Department of Pediatrics since 1979 providing support to the research and clinical faculty, trainees, patients, and research subjects. She has served as administrator and coordinator on a variety of programs and projects including those funded by National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, and State, County and privately funded contracts. Ms. Gonzalez has served as the administrator on the Legacy for Children™ projects since it started in 1999 with the co-principal investigators, Dr. Judy Howard and Dr. Leila Beckwith.