Martha M. Vibbert, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Martha Vibbert


Dr. Vibbert is a licensed clinical psychologist at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Boston University’s Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. She currently serves on the faculty of BMC’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in the Dept. of Psychiatry, and she contributes to a variety of healthcare and training initiatives in both Psychiatry and Pediatrics. She is the former Executive Director (1996-2021) of BMC’s SPARK Community Early Childhood Center (formerly known as the Children’s AIDS Program).

Dr. Vibbert’s clinical interests include innovating behavioral health assessment and two-generation therapy services for young children and their caregivers within non-traditional settings that minimize stigma and increase access for under-resourced families. Her research has focused on early cognition and language acquisition; parent-child interaction; and the impacts of prenatal risks, HIV disease, parental substance use disorder, and trauma on early development She is co-founder and USA director of the Universal Baby project that partners with community providers, families, and child development experts to create culturally-authentic and strength-based videos to educate and coach parents—in any language and global setting—about infant-caregiver interaction that promotes healthy neurodevelopment and relational health.


  • New York University, PhD
  • New York University, MA
  • Harvard University, EdM
  • Connecticut College, BA


  • Published on 6/14/2024

    Nelson AK, Griest CJ, Munoz LM, Rumaldo N, Miller AC, Soplapuco GM, Lecca L, Shin SS, Acuña LR, Valdivia YV, Ramos AR, Ahumada DG, Ramos BRH, Mejia SA, Serrano EO, Castro WH, Oliva VE, Heyman AS, Hartwell LP, Blackwell RL, Diaz DF, Vibbert MM. Proof of concept of the Universal Baby video innovation for early child development in Lima, Peru. J Pediatr Psychol. 2024 Jun 14. PMID: 38872286.

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  • Published on 6/11/2021

    Miller AC, Rumaldo N, Soplapuco G, Condeso A, Kammerer B, Lundy S, Faiffer F, Montañez A, Ramos K, Rojas N, Contreras C, Muñoz M, Valdivia H, Vilca D, Córdova N, Hilario P, Vibbert M, Lecca L, Shin S. Success at Scale: Outcomes of Community-Based Neurodevelopment Intervention (CASITA) for Children Ages 6-20 months With Risk of Delay in Lima, Peru. Child Dev. 2021 11; 92(6):e1275-e1289. PMID: 34114651.

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  • Published on 6/20/2019

    Rose-Jacobs R, Trevino-Talbot M, Vibbert M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Cabral HJ. Pregnant women in treatment for opioid use disorder: Material hardships and psychosocial factors. Addict Behav. 2019 11; 98:106030. PMID: 31301645.

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  • Published on 11/13/2018

    Rose-Jacobs R, Trevino-Talbot M, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Cabral HJ, Vibbert M, Saia K, Wachman EM. Could prenatal food insecurity influence neonatal abstinence syndrome severity? Addiction. 2019 02; 114(2):337-343. PMID: 30422365.

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  • Published on 5/26/2018

    Nelson AK, Miller AC, Munoz M, Rumaldo N, Kammerer B, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Soplapuco G, Lecca L, Condeso A, Valdivia Y, Atwood SA, Shin SS. CASITA: a controlled pilot study of community-based family coaching to stimulate early child development in Lima, Peru. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2018; 2(1):e000268. PMID: 29862331.

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  • Published on 7/8/2016

    Muñoz M, Nelson A, Johnson M, Godoy N, Serrano E, Chagua E, Valdivia J, Santacruz J, Wong M, Kolevic L, Kammerer B, Vega C, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Shin S. Community-Based Needs Assessment of Neurodevelopment, Caregiver, and Home Environment Factors in Young Children Affected by HIV in Lima, Peru. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2017 Mar/Apr; 16(2):161-167. PMID: 26917559.

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  • Published on 6/1/2012

    de Vinck-Baroody O, Weitzman C, Vibbert M, Augustyn M. Disclosure of diagnosis: to tell or not to tell? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Jun; 33(5):441-3. PMID: 22580736.

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  • Published on 12/1/1995

    Chiriboga CA, Vibbert M, Malouf R, Suarez MS, Abrams EJ, Heagarty MC, Brust JC, Hauser WA. Neurological correlates of fetal cocaine exposure: transient hypertonia of infancy and early childhood. Pediatrics. 1995 Dec; 96(6):1070-7. PMID: 7491223.

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  • Published on 8/1/1995

    Chase C, Vibbert M, Pelton SI, Coulter DL, Cabral H. Early neurodevelopmental growth in children with vertically transmitted human immunodeficiency virus infection. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Aug; 149(8):850-5. PMID: 7543334.

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  • Published on 8/1/1986

    Kuchuk A, Vibbert M, Bornstein MH. The perception of smiling and its experiential correlates in three-month-old infants. Child Dev. 1986 Aug; 57(4):1054-61. PMID: 3757600.

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