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Ira Chasnoff, MD


Ira Chasnoff, MD, an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on the newborn, infant, and child. In addition, Dr. Chasnoff directed one of five national sites conducting research into the integration of behavioral health interventions into primary health care services for high-risk children and their families, and through this project studied the impact of concurrent planning on permanency placement for children in the foster care system.

Dr. Chasnoff’s most recent work focuses on community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care for women and children and the occurrence of co-occurring mental health disorders in children who have been exposed to alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs. As an extension of these efforts, Dr. Chasnoff is working with communities and States to develop integrated systems of prevention and care for children and families in the child welfare system affected by substance abuse.

He is the author of numerous articles on the effects of alcohol and other drug use on pregnancy and on the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of prenatally exposed children. Dr. Chasnoff has authored seven books, his most recent book, The Mystery of Risk, has received numerous awards. It explores the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of alcohol and drug-exposed children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom.