Mission Statement

The Center for Mental Health Promotion was founded in 1998 with the broad mission of exploring ways of promoting mental health in children and families. As is generally understood, negative relationship experiences in childhood can have a significant impact on people as they mature. Consequently, problems that these experiences can pose for people can be quite challenging to change later in life.


It is our belief that it is important to understand the mechanisms 

underlying these experiences, particularly the mental 

representations that result from these early interactions with caregivers. The ultimate goal of these lines of research is to lead to improved responsive parenting practices. This is the best means for reducing the potential acquisition of the negative patterns that can develop as our personalities form. Toward this end, the emphasis of the Center is on research and programs that highlight the key components of effective parenting and on the obstacles that may impede the formation of satisfactory parent-child relations. In addition, we believe it is important to convey this information to parents, as well as other caretakers.



We'd of course appreciate any help you can give us to enhance our programs and research. All donations are tax deductible.

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Gary Cox-Steiner, Ph.D.



Board of Directors


Gary R. Cox-Steiner, Ph.D.

President- CMHP


Bayport, N.Y.


Jenny Cox-Steiner, Ph.D.

Vice President/ Treasurer- CMHP


Bayport, New York


Paul Ginnetty, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Director- Institute for Study of Religion in the Community

St. Joseph’s College

Patchogue, New York

Barbara Goldberg, Ph.D.


Richmond, Virginia


Susan Kowalchuk, M.Ed.

Emmaus, Pennsylvania


Lorinda Price, M.D., MPH


Tampa, Florida


Neal Simon, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania