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Gender: Female
Pediatric Research
515 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
P: 646-962-4303 | F: 646-962-0259
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Child Development
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: 646-962-4303 | F: (646) 962-0259
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  • Child Development
  • Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Parent-Infant Therapy
  • Developmental Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder

Insurance Plans Accepted

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  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Health Republic
  • Oscar
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1983



Clinical Psychologist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Associate Professor of Psychology Research in Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical College

Associate Professor of Psychology Research in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Mary J. Ward is an Associate Research Professor of Psychology in Pediatrics and Psychiatry.    Her research focuses on issues relevant to the lives of young children, using methods from basic developmental science.   Dr. Ward is especially interested in the study of special populations of infants and young children.  Over the past 25 years, she has studied children with malnutrition, adolescent mothers and their children, children adopted from overseas, and the grandchildren of adults with HIV.

Dr. Ward has remained at the forefront of research on attachment, including assessment of attachment in infants, preschool children, adolescents, and adults. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations and her work is published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating summa cum laude from Bucknell in 1978.  She earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Institute of Child Development,  University of Minnesota in 1983.  That same year, she came to Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medical College) as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Pediatrics.