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About Peter Ernest Haiman Ph.D.

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For more than four decades, parents have met with Dr. Haiman to resolve child and adolescent rearing problems. His work in this area has received national recognition and been featured in local newspaper articles.

He has provided individual counseling and/or psychotherapy to adults and adolescents over the past 50 years. Dr. Haiman has served as a child custody expert witness to courts and provided child custody advice for parents involved in divorce. In child custody divorce cases, he provides competent psychosocial developmental knowledge that can be applied to the individual child and family situation. He works with clients and their attorneys to develop court room strategies, based on childrearing research. In particular, he specializes in promoting child custody attachment parenting and aiding with child custody visitation. He continues to do this work, and can be contacted about it through this website.

Dr. Haiman was one of 30 professionals from across the country selected to participate in President Clinton’s historic Child Development Delegation to Cuba in 2001. This delegation was authorized “to reach out to the Cuban people through humanitarian efforts”. Read Dr. Haiman's "Impressions of Cuba".

In the 1960s, Dr. Haiman created and directed the privately funded Parent and Child Center in Cleveland. The program pioneered innovative strategies to involve and empower low-income parents. It became the model for the federally funded Head Start Parent and Child Centers and Head Start Early Learning Centers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invited Dr. Haiman to write the original Parent Involvement Program Performance Standards for Head Start. In 1993, he advised Sen. Edward Kennedy’s Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality and Expansion, which revised Head Start program standards.

Dr. Haiman has trained Head Start program administrators, staff, and parents throughout the United States and served as director of training for early childhood and parent education programs in Federal Region IX (AZ, NV, CA, HI, and the Trust Territories).

In 1965, he directed research for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that revealed racial segregation and its effects on public school students in Cleveland. These findings were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court and led to school desegregation rulings.

Dr. Haiman was tenured associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood Development and Education at the University of South Carolina. He has taught at colleges and universities in Ohio and in the San Francisco Bay Area, including St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He was elected President of the San Francisco and South Carolina chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The California State Department of Education has appointed him to serve on administrative and curriculum task forces. He was a member of the California Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Youth.

Articles by him have been published in The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Young Children, Contemporary Pediatrics, the Journal of Psychohistory, Mothering Magazine, New Beginnings, Working Mother and other national and foreign publications. They can also be read on several websites.

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