Board of Directors
Gerard Costa, PhD
Gerard Costa is the founding director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University. He is a Professor in the Department Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education (ECELE) in the College of Education and Human Services and is a member of the faculty of the Infant and Early Childhood Development (IECD) Ph.D. program at Fielding University (formerly the ICDL Graduate School). He serves as a trustee and President of the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning, and serves as a consultant to ZERO TO THREE. He sits on several state and non-profit boards and was appointed by two New Jersey Governors to serve on the New Jersey Council for Young Children, where he headed the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health committee. He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University. He is a New Jersey licensed psychologist, was one of the first 16 recipients of the DIR certificate by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, is a trained faculty member in the Brazelton Touchpoints Model and holds an endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Clinical Mentor, through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Costa has been honored with numerous awards including the Christian Kjeldsen Champion for Children Award by the NJ Child Care Advisory Council, the Lucille Weistuch Early Childhood Special Education Award, by the New Jersey Division for Early Childhood (NJDEC), and the Golden Bell Leadership Award, by the New Jersey Mental Health Association. He has a small consulting and training practice, is the author of many articles and book chapters on autism and infant mental health and has presented throughout the United States and the world.
Nancy Greenspan, M.A.
Nancy Greenspan, MA., is an economist and writer. She has co-authored four books on child development with her husband Stanley Greenspan. She also authored The End of the Certain World, a biography of Nobel physicist and quantum theory pioneer Max Born. She has served as a board member and officer on a number of non-profit boards, most of which are either connected to children's or environmental issues. In her community in Maryland, she is active as an environmentalist and a political strategist.
When the three Greenspan children were growing up, Nancy engaged them all in Floortime. They were the first Floortime babies and she, the first Floortime mother.
Amanda Kriegel, PsyD
Amanda Kriegel received her Doctoral of Psychology degree (PsyD.) from APA accredited Argosy University, Atlanta in December 2010. She received her Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Argosy as well and has a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Amanda began training and working at Floortime Atlanta in the spring of 2006. She is certified as an Expert DIR®/Floortime Provider™ and Trainer. Amanda currently provides services to children and families in Atlanta and North Fulton County through Floortime Atlanta. Dr. Kriegel is working towards licensure and provides services under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Platzman.
Mr. Stephen Kim is an independent investor and consultant. His previous work experience was in the investment management industry as a Managing Director for Dresdner RCM Global Investors and Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, after beginning his career in sales and marketing positions with IBM and Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School. His personal interest in the field of developmental learning stems from his son, Christian, and the dynamics he has faced in living with, and overcoming, developmental challenges over the course of his life. The pursuit of scalable solutions addressing this growing global phenomenon is what initially drew Mr. Kim to ICDL. His background is unique to the Board and is intended to lend a different perspective on the issues and opportunities facing the program going forward.
Diane Cullinane, MD
Dr. Diane Cullinane is a developmental pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and co-founder of Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA). She served as Executive Director of PCDA, a nonprofit organization that provides a range of therapeutic services to children and young adults, from 1996-2019.
Dr. Cullinane received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1976 and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980. She then completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Kaiser, San Francisco, and was a fellow in child development at UCLA.
Dr. Cullinane holds a certificate at the faculty level in DIRFloortime® and is the past president of the DIRFloortime® Coalition of California. She is actively involved in professional education for clinicians, participating in conferences and lecturing nationally and internationally.
Dr. Cullinane is the author of Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Special Needs: The Development Approach (W.W. Norton: 2016).
Tina McCourt, LCSW, M.S. Ed, SAS, SDA
Tina received her Master’s in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and her Master’s in Education from Baruch College. Prior to coming to the Rebecca School, Tina was the Program Director at the Early Intervention Center of Brooklyn. She first began attending DIR® trainings in 1994 and has continued to participate in annual ICDL conference for the last 8 years. She received intense ongoing training from Dr. Greenspan from September 2005 – March 2010.
Stanley Greenspan, MD
Past President, Founder
Dr. Stanley Greenspan was the past president and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders and founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. He was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School. As a foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children Dr. Greenspan was a recipient of many national and international awards, including American Psychiatric Association's highest award for child psychiatry research. He is the author or editor of over forty books which have been translated into over a dozen languages.