Jennifer L. Stapel-Wax PsyD



Associate Professor,
Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta



“Collective impact is more than cooperation, coordination and collaboration amongst partners; it involves a strong, respectful, trusting and transparent relationship amongst partners (individuals and institutions) that results in each doing exactly what they do best-leveraging relationships, maximizing funding, encouraging influence-with an intention to achieve more together than we can in solo and with an impact that far exceeds what our goals and aspirations can imagine.” 


Leadership Role with Talk With Me Baby 

Leading several outreach efforts to build a community viable healthcare system for infants and toddlers, Dr. Stapel-Wax unequivocally believes in the message of “Talk With Me Baby”. As the Principal Investigator for the United Way Dare to Forget the Box Award, the foundational grant that provided the seed funding for the effort, Dr. Stapel-Wax has a central role in shaping Talk With Me Baby (TWMB) efforts. She serves as one of six core leaders, each representing a leading entity in Georgia.  She serves on several workgroups and supervises the staff who takes operational leadership roles on several other workgroups.  Providing vision and clear objectives, Dr. Stapel-Wax helps to put the goals of TWMB into action. In addition to managing key workgroups of TWMB, she garners collaboration and support for TWMB by going into the community and illustrating the importance of the TWMB program. Dr. Stapel-Wax uses her clinical and interpersonal strengths in building collaborative relationships among professional colleagues in the community and other institutions. Moreover, amongst her other efforts in launching TWMB, Dr. Stapel-Wax assists in the development of palpable materials to make the language nutrition movement community viable, impactful and sustainable. Given her clinical and research expertise in the areas of development and assessment of young children, neurodevelopmental disorders, and teaching, training and supervision, Dr. Stapel-Wax plays an integral role in all facets of the TWMB initiative.  

Role of Marcus Autism Center in shaping Talk With Me Baby 

The Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta serves as the backbone for Talk With Me Baby serving as the hub for logistics and maximizing the impact of one of the largest children’s hospital systems in the nation. Operations includes, housing all operations staff,  organizing nurse trainings, facilitating data collection, developing effective research protocols, evaluating methodologies, and guiding collaborative efforts and collective impact. In addition to fulfilling operational needs Marcus has another significant role; The Marcus Autism Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) serves as the chief fiduciary agent of TWMB. As the host institution, Marcus allocates resources toward personnel, creation and dissemination of the TWMB brand, marketing materials, tools and supplementary materials. CHOA also offers a large network of pediatric hospitals and clinics that will assist with the implementation of the TWMB intervention. Marcus works to cultivate interest and fidelity for TWMB amongst healthcare professionals to ensure that TWMB inspires a transformative impact on the lives of infants and toddlers. Emory University Department of Pediatrics serves a pivotal role in both supporting the uptake of TWMB in medical settings but also as a foundation for research into the TWMB method, coaching and public action and dissemination.


Contact information: 

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1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329


Talk With Me Baby is made possible by a grant from the United Way of Atlanta and is a collaborative effort among organizations.