For Immediate Release
March 30, 2009
Contact: Morris Ardoin, 646-284-9616, firstname.lastname@example.org
RenoWnED Child Advocate Dr. Jane Knitzer Dies
New York City – Dr. Jane Knitzer, a national leader who called attention to the urgency of addressing social and emotional issues in young children as well as improving broader early childhood policies died Sunday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, after battling cancer for more than a year.
From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Jane Knitzer served as executive director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a policy and research center at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where she was also a clinical professor of population and family health.
Under Dr. Knitzer’s leadership of NCCP, the organization was shaped by strong research and policy expertise in family economic security, early childhood development, and health and mental health – essential elements for children to thrive. Dr. Knitzer strengthened NCCP’s unique policy niche as a national organization with a 50-state foci and expertise in working with policy makers in individual states.
Dr. Knitzer’s own scholarship had a major impact on public policies related to children's mental health, child welfare, and early childhood. She was highly acclaimed for her work in mental health, including the ground-breaking policy reports, Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children and Adolescents in Need of Mental Health Services and At the Schoolhouse Door: An Examination of Programs and Policies for Children with Behavioral and Emotional Problems.
Knitzer attended Wellesley College, where in 1963 she received her BA with honors, in psychology. From 1964 to 1965, she was a clinical intern on a Tinkham Fellowship at the Judge Baker Guidance Center in Boston. She earned an MEd in 1964 and an EdD in 1968 from Harvard Graduate School of Education. From 1968 to 1970 she was a postdoctoral fellow of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health.
Knitzer is survived by her husband, Dr. Herbert Ginsburg, and their daughters, Lizbeth and Susie Ginsburg, as well as by her stepchildren Debbie, Becky, and Jon. Funeral services are scheduled for March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
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