Dr. Elizabeth T. Matthews   
Specialization: Pediatrics, Early Childhood Development, Public Health (Maternal-Child Health)
Home institution in US: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Host Institution in India: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Elizabeth T. Matthews is a board-certified pediatrician whose lifelong career interest is early childhood development and disability. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts in 1973 and the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine in 1980. She trained in pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Matthews has worked in the U.S. Indian Health Service and in private practice. She is a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine, where she was clinical faculty for 15 years. She became the medical director of Children’s Medical Services at the New Mexico Department of Health, the statewide program for children with special health care needs. In 2008 she was promoted to medical director of the Family Health Bureau of the New Mexico Department of Health. Although Dr. Matthews retired from the Department of Health in January 2012, she is a consultant in early childhood development and public health and remains on the Medical School’s clinical faculty. In 2000 she lived in India for eight months with her husband and children. She is delighted to return to India and is honored to have received a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer grant to teach there.

As a visiting lecturer, Dr. Matthews will teach Emerging Issues, a course that will explore a substantial body of new research in early brain development showing the long-term impact of early childhood experiences and the potential of early treatment to prevent or ameliorate many developmental disabilities in young children. Professionals who care for infants and young children need to be prepared for the present and future developmental challenges that face these children and to assist their families in caring for them.