Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is the founder of connected baby.
As an active scientist, Suzanne was aware of all the fabulous research revealing just how connected babies are from birth. She was also aware, though, that many of the people who would benefit from that information – parents, professionals, and politicians alike – had little access to it. So in 2011, she took the bold decision to step aside from a full time academic career and engage full time in speaking to the public. In her first three years (2011 – 2014), nearly 20,000 people attended her training events, and her efforts with social media were enabling her to reach as many as 15,000 people per week. That’s a lot of people talking about the science of connection! Suzanne spent 25 years as a developmental psychologist, research scientist, and academic, specialising in the study of infants’ innate communicatory capacities. Based largely at the University of Dundee, in Scotland, she began her career as a postgraduate student at Yale University, in the USA.
Establishing connected baby seemed the next logical step in the journey. This new enterprise would bring the science to life in new ways, enabling a wider global community to become involved in the discussions. So here we are in 2014, at the next milestone in her vision: that as any many people as possible across the world realise the depth of Suzanne’s continual refrain: “Babies arrive in the world already connected.”
For those who are interested in Suzanne’s academic background, you might like to know that she still holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Dundee, in the School of Psychology. During her career to date, she has published over 50 scientific papers and books, working with research colleagues in a number of countries. Her areas of focus have included infancy, parental support programmes, feminism, and scientific epistemology. In 1995, Suzanne established what would grow into the national Psychology Undergraduate Dissertations Conference, now organised by the Scottish Branch of the British Psychological Society, for students across Scotland. In 2011, Suzanne had the honour of accepting the award for Most Inspirational Teacher, awarded by the Dundee University Students Association.
You can find out more about Suzanne’s work as a public speaker and trainer on her website: www.suzannezeedyk.com, or by following her on Facebook or Twitter. You can also have a look at some of the resources she has created, which are now part of the connected baby range.