Imagine a world with fewer heart attacks and prisons, better paid childcare staff, happier marriages, more laughter – and a reduced national tax bill along the way. This really is possible if we understand what the science of human connection is telling us. That science has expanded enormously in the last 10 years.

My team works to help people make sense of this information and to realise what it is telling us about human stress, resilience and love. We support parents, professionals and policymakers in developing a deeper understanding of its implications, in order to achieve the very best outcomes for our children and our society.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate.

Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology. She arrived there from Yale University in the USA, where she had completed her PhD in developmental psychology.

In 2011, Suzanne set up an independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She draws on her own research expertise -- in areas such as parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the politics of science -- as well as the work of many other scientists and practitioners.

She now works with organisations across the world. Her aim is to strengthen awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build. It's working! In the last three years she's delivered training to over 20,000 people.

During her 20-year academic career, Suzanne published over 50 papers, books, and chapters. She was proud to serve as research supervisor to students at all levels of higher education: undergraduate, masters, and PhD. In 2011, she received the DUSA Award for Most Inspirational Teacher. But then, you can tell from her baby photo that she's probably never been what you would describe as 'shy'!


The Support Team

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Brett Housego

Graphic Design & Photography

Brett makes sure that everything we produce is beautiful. He started designing newspapers for the Daily Mirror Group back in the late 60s, and he still has the Kodak box camera that was his first camera. This boy's got history!

Pete Kinnear

Sales & Logistics

Pete's love of detail ensures that our sales records add up and that we always have enough sandwiches to reach the venue! Thirty years in nature conservation have found a new outlet for making a difference in the world.


Joni Bendall

Social Media

Joni probably wouldn't have dared to dream that her love of blogging and all things social media would land her a job where she got to design the organisation's whole strategy. But here she is, doing just that!

Karen Hardy


Karen keeps us all in order. From the pose in her picture, you can tell that she's been perfecting that talent for some long time! Our team wouldn't function without Karen's adminstrative wizardry.


Jude Asphar

US Advocate

Based in New York, Jude is such a staunch supporter of our vision that she's become the official international networker for our cause in the US. Her involvement with our team also keeps her well connected to the Scottish roots of her birth.

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