Claudia M. Gold, MD, a pediatrician and writer, has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for over 25 years, and now specializes in early childhood mental health. She currently offers parent-child consultations for ages 0-3 at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires. She is the author of several books on developmental science written for both professional and general audiences. A 4th book, co-authored with developmental psychologist Ed Tronick, will be released in April 2020She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, and The Brazelton Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and U of C Pritzker School of Medicine.


Jagruti Patel, MPH

Research Coordinator

Jagruti has over 8 years of experience in health care, customer service delivery, management of administrative processes and quality control. She has completed continuing-education programs in Autism screening, postpartum depression screening, Developmental and social-emotional screening in children, and Medical billing-coding. she completed her medical education in India and received her MPH in healthcare administration from Benedictine University in Illinois


Mary Nash, MBA

program evaluation and grant writing

Mary Nash of Nash Insights has done extensive consulting work helping nonprofit organizations and collaborative groups develop, implement, and evaluate programs. She has worked on many pressing issues in Berkshire County such as college access for K-12 students, affordable high-speed Internet options, high quality early childhood education and programming, and meeting the workforce training needs of health care organizations and other employers.  Mary is a graduate of Connecticut College and has an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Management. She has certificates of Evaluation Practice and Analytical Evaluation Methods from The Evaluators’ Institute of Claremont Graduate University and has also earned the nationally recognized Grant Professional Certification credential.