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Development and Acknowledgments


Play Nicely was developed at Vanderbilt University.

Seth J. Scholer, M.D., MPH, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Technical support

Third edition and Spanish language version, 2008
Software engineer: Brian Connatser

Second edition, 2005
Software engineer: Brian Connatser

First edition, 2002
Consultant and software engineer: Carla Beals
Filming and video clip production: Cummings Video and Film.

The author is willing to discuss possible collaboration with organizations or researchers with an interest in violence reduction. Priority areas include product development (e.g., alternate language versions) and studying the program's efficacy. If you represent an agency or organization that is interested in the publication, distribution, development, or study of Play Nicely, please contact the author. Program sponsors provide funding to Vanderbilt University, targeting specific Play Nicely development projects. Vanderbilt University is exempt from income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The Play Nicely program is a distillation of multiple sources of content and feedback.  Significant consideration was given to feedback from experienced preschool teachers.  

Dr. Richard Tremblay's (University of Montreal) epidemiologic research in the area of childhood aggression provided inspiration for the development of the Play Nicely CD and DVD.

A portion of the program's development was based on information published by

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The American Psychological Association
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children

We gratefully acknowledge the involvement these organizations in the development process.

  • The Morgan Family Foundation
  • Cumberland Pediatric Foundation and its members
  • West End Weekday Preschool Ministries and its teachers
  • Vanderbilt University Child Care Center
  • Vanderbilt University Department of Pediatrics
  • The Learning Center, Vanderbilt University

We gratefully acknowledge feedback from dozens of individuals in the development process. Some of the most helpful critiques were received from:

  • Sharon Goad, MMFT: Director of Programs at West End Weekday Preschool Ministries
  • Kate Driskill Kanies: Coordinator of the Regional Intervention Program
  • Diane Neighbors Ed.D.: Director of Vanderbilt Child Care Center
  • Kathy Ennis: Director of Woodmont Christian Preschool.
  • Mark Wolraich, MD: Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician
  • Kim Bergeron, MD: Pediatrician
  • Bob Mallard, MD: Pediatrician
  • Conrad Shackleford, Jr. MD: Pediatrician
  • Ellen Clayton, MD, JD: Pediatrician
  • Patty van Eys, Ph.D.: Child psychologist
  • Evon Lee Ph.D.: Child psychologist
  • Wendy Stone Ph.D.: Child psychologist
  • Jane Hannah Ph.D. Educationalist
  • Debbie Miller: Director of Child and Family Policy Center at Vanderbilt University
  • Rob Nix, Ph.D. Child psychologist
  • Peggy Buchanan, Parent
  • Spanish Language Version: Laurie Albritton, Translator

Actors and actresses

  • Ovidio Bermudez - doctor
  • Dan Butler - narration of 1st edition and father
  • Jennifer Dammeyer - narration of 2nd edition
  • Tyler Ralph - child actor
  • Linda Manish - mother/caregiver
  • Daniel Meyerowitz - child's voice
  • Evan Miller - child actor

Last Edited: October 20, 2016
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