Richard Honigman, M.D., F.A.A.P., is a Board-certified pediatrician with over 35 years of experience. His interest is in developmental, relational and environmental aspects of early life adversity. He was part of the initial Project TEACH in 2010-2011. Following this, he enrolled in the UMass Boston Infant Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Fellowship Certificate Program. He has also completed Bessel Van Der Kolk’s online Traumatic Stress Studies (2014-2015) and Bruce Perry’s Child Trauma Academy Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Phase 1(2016-2018) and Phase 2 (2019-2020) trainings. Since 2012, he has had a co-located behavioral mental health therapist in his office from South Oaks Hospital and has formed an alliance with Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting. He has been a speaker on Adverse Childhood Experiences for New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYS AAP) District 2 Chapter 2, and for the UMass IPMH program. He served as a pediatric advisor for Adelphi University Developmental Psychology Infant Mental Health Program’s interdisciplinary conferences. Dr. Honigman also collaborated with Docs for Tots Help Me Grow/ Center for Youth Wellness collaboration in their 2018-2019 initiative for ACES screening in the primary care office. Dr. Honigman was recently (September 2019) appointed NYS AAP District 2 Chapter 2 Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics Committee Chairman, and elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (November 2019). As NYS AAP Chapter 2 Chair of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics he was awarded a National AAP Grant to increase primary care-developmental pediatrics collaboration.
Since 2009, Dr. Honigman has been affiliated with Reach Within (www.reachwithin.org), a NYC-Grenada based NGO whose goal is to improve outcomes for children affected by early life adversity/ACEs/toxic stress in Grenada and the Caribbean. In his capacity as Scientific Chair of Reach Within, Dr. Honigman helped devise somatosensory and psychosocial interventional programs for children living in residential facilities and their caregivers. Additionally, Dr. Honigman has led international conferences in Grenada for child caregivers (2014,2015), assisted UNICEF in the Eastern Caribbean Region, had a poster was part of a panel discussion at the 2018 Rome World Association for Infant Mental Health conference and was a presenter at the 2018 Bermuda ACES Awareness Conference. Dr. Honigman has also participated in recent Clinton Global Initiative/Clinton Action Network meetings to further the interests of childhood mental health/resilience in the face of developmental adversity and natural disasters.