she has written in the following books.
The Bodi Group: Baker-Pitts, C., Bloom, C., Eichenbaum, L., Garofallou, L., Orbach, S., Petrucelli, J., Sliva, V., Tortora, S.(2014).
The Acquisition of a Body: Establishing a new paradigm and introducing a clinical tool to explore the intergenerational transmission of embodiment.
Petrucelli, J. (Editor) Body-States. New York: Routledge.
Tortora, S. (2014).
The importance of being seen – Winnicott, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and the embodied experience.
In Spelman, M. & Thomson-Salo, F. (Editors). The Winnicott tradition: Lines of development – Evolution of theory and practice over the decades. London, UK: Karnac.
Tortora, S. (2009).
Dance Movement Psychotherapy in Early Childhood Treatment.
In Chaiklin, S. & Wengrower, H. (Eds.), The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance. New York: Routledge (2015); Barcelona, Spain: Gedisa Press (2008); Seoul, Korea: Sigma Press (2014).
A Primary Prevention Project [Paperback]
Mothers, Infants and Young Children
of September 11, 2001:
A Primary Prevention Project
Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., Phyllis Cohen, Ph.D., Mark Sossin, Ph.D., and Sara Markese, Ph.D.
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 24, 2012)
Contributors to the book:
Anni Bergman, Ph.D., Sally Moskowitz, Ph.D., Rita Reiswig, MSW, Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., Donna Demetri Friedman, Ph.D.,
Joseph Jaffe, M.D., Andrea Remez, Ph.D., Adrianne Lange, M.A., and Marsha Kaitz, Ph.D.
Somatic Psychotherapy Today
1(3) Winter 2011
How Do You Speak When You Don't Know The Words:
An Interview with Suzi Tortora
by Nancy Eichhorn
The Creative Embodied Experience
by Suzi Tortora
A Primary Prevention Project (2011)
Journal of Infant, Child, and
Special Issue: Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001:
A Primary Prevention Project
Beatrice Beebe (Editor), Phyllis Cohen (Editor), K. Mark Sossin (Editor), Sara Markese (Editor)
Volume 10, Issue 2-3, 2011
Chapter 11, Beyond the Face and Words: How the Body Speaks
by Suzi Tortora
This case study presents a microanalysis of interactions of one mother-infant dyad videotaped at four and fourteen months, in the Project for Mothers, Infants, and Young Children of September 11, 2001. It provides an intriguing window into the infant's experience within the context of loss and trauma. The observational method utilizes the D.A.N.C.E. tool developed by this author and the Laban movement analysis system. The integrated rhythms of the actions, the timing of gestures and the spatial shifts of posture comprise each individual's core choreography in the dance of relating.
Chapters Co-written by Suzi Tortora:
The Team Approach to the Treatment of a Traumatized Mother and Child: Lydia and Ryan
Anni Bergman (with segments by Mark Sossin, Suzi Tortora, Lydia (Ryan's mother), Phyllis Cohen and Beatrice Beebe)
Part VII: The Therapists' Process, Chapter 16
The Therapist Group: A Transformational Process
Beatrice Beebe, Phyllis Cohen, Anni Bergman, Sally Moskowitz, K. Mark Sossin, Rita Reiswig, Suzi Tortora and Donna Demetri Friedman
Attachment and Early Developmental Disorders
Bindung und fruehe Stoerungen der Entwicklung
by Karl Heinz Brisch
Publisher: Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart
Early developmental disorders may begin during pregnancy or in early infancy. They may have a critical effect on the development of the child, later manifesting as emotional and psychosomatic illnesses well into adulthood. Such disorders include those on the autistic spectrum, early anxiety and fear, depressive symptoms, and cognitive development difficulties with memory disorders. They are also associated with a decreased tolerance for stress, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and immune deficiency disorders. Here you will learn how early disorders develop and what preventive and psychotherapeutic modalities are available.
Read Dr. Suzi Tortora's Chapter starting on pg 72
Trauma, Stress and Postpartum Depression
Video-analysis and treatment of a parent-infant attachment relationship.
1st edition 2010, hardback with dust jacket, 333 pages
ISBN: 978-3-608-94666-6 (only available in German language)
Bewegungsbeobachtung von Interaktionen – Movement Analysis of Interaction
by Susanne Bender, Editor
Publisher: Logos: Berlin
When humans communicate with one another they send on a nonverbal, physical level many multifaceted pieces of information, which are critical to the success or failure of each contact. We gather our first relationship experiences on a nonverbal level and a mother's ability to attune to her child determines his/her "being-in-the-world".
This German-English congress proceedings for the 2nd International Congress on Movement Analysis, Moving from Within, provides an overview of current research on movement analysis of interactions. What is the meaning of mirroring in therapeutic relationships? How does early mother-child interaction work? To what does one have to pay attention when dealing with aggressive children? Do men and women in mixed-gender teams behave differently? What challenges arise from dance therapeutic interactions with chronically ill patients and prisoners? International experts provide answers to these and many other questions in this volume.
Read Dr. Suzi Tortora's Chapter
The Essential Role of the Body
How movement and nonverbal experience inform implicit knowing and intersubjectivity in early childhood development.
250 pages, year of publication: 2010
What the Dog Saw and other adventures
by Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Malcolm Gladwell's new book, WHAT THE DOG SAW (Little, Brown and Company; publication date: October 20, 2009), presents nineteen brilliantly researched and provocative essays that exhibit the curiosity his readers love, each with a graceful narrative that leads to a thought-provoking analysis. The explorations here delve into subjects as varied as why some people choke while others panic; how changes meant to make a situation safer — like childproof lids on medicine – don't help because people often compensate with more reckless behavior; and the idea that genius is inextricably tied up with precocity.
Read Dr. Suzi Tortora analysis on pgs 139-144 and her work about Autism
The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness
by Alan Fogel
Infants, before they can speak or conceptualize, learn to move toward what makes them feel good and away from what makes them feel bad.
See the case report by Suzi Tortora for a compelling example, pgs 77-79.
The practice and science of feeling our movements, sensations, and emotions. Embodied self-awareness is the practice and science of our ability to feel our movements, sensations, and emotions. As infants, before we can speak or conceptualize, we learn to move toward what makes us feel good and away from what makes us feel bad. Our ability to continue to develop and cultivate awareness of such body-based feelings and understanding is essential for learning how to successfully navigate in the physical and social world, as well as for avoiding injury and stress. Embodied self-awareness is made possible by neuromotor and neurohormonal pathways between the brain and the rest of the body, pathways that serve the function of using information about body state to maintain optimal health and well being. When these pathways become compromised, primarily as a result of physical injury or psychological stress and trauma, we lose our ability to monitor and regulate our basic body functions. This book explains the neurological basis of embodied self-awareness, how to enhance self-awareness, and how to regain it after injury or trauma.
The Art and Science of
Edited by Sharon Chaiklin & Hilda Wengrower.
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Chapter 9 written by Suzi Tortora.
The Ways of Seeing program – Dance movement psychotherapy in early childhood treatment.
"This exceptional text is a must read for professionals in the mental health, health and education fields, graduate students in DMT, and alled professionals who want a more thorough understanding of DMT. It captures the essence of this unique and powerful treatment modality and offers a rich and diverse cross-cultural perspective." – Arlynne Stark, MA, MAS, ADTR, LPC, CMA, past President, American Dance Therapy Association; former Professor and Director, Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program, Goucher College
"This is destined to be a classic resource for dance therapists and is accessible to practitioners from other fields and the public. It is a truly remarkble and unique volume that engagingly describes the transformative nature of dance/movement therapy and how it can generate positive behavioral and emotional outcomes that affect individuals and communities." – Robyn Flaum Cruz, PhD, ADTR, Associate Professor, Lesley University Division of Expressive Therapies, Editor-in-Chief, The Arts in Psychotherapy
Arts Therapies in Schools
Research and Practice
Edited by Vicky Karkou
London, England: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1st edition
From the Dance Studio to the Classroom:
Translating the Clinical Dance Movement
Psychotherapy Experience into a
As arts therapists are increasingly working in schools, there is growing interest in identifying applicable therapeutic approaches and expanding on relevant research evidence. This book outlines the potential uses of music, art, drama and dance movement therapies in educational settings, and the contribution they have to make to the emotional and social development of children and adolescents. Drawing on international evidence, the book outlines a wide range of innovative applications of arts therapies across a range of settings, including mainstream classrooms, special schools and student support units. Examples of subjects covered include solution-focused brief dramatherapy groupwork in mainstream education, art therapy for children with specific learning difficulties who have experienced trauma and music therapy in special education. Particular emphasis is placed upon collaborative work, whether it be between arts therapists from different disciplines, arts therapists and teaching staff or arts therapists and researchers. Arts Therapies in Schools will be of great interest to arts therapists, and will also be useful to others who want to know about the potential of arts therapies in the classroom, including teachers and other education professionals, health professionals, educational psychologists, school counsellors and policy makers.
La vida es danza/ Life is Dance: El arte y la ciencia de la danza, movimiento terapia/ The Art and Science of Dance, Therapy Movement
by Hilda Wengrower and Sharon Chaiklin
Chapter written by Suzi Tortora.
The Ways of Seeing program – Dance movement psychotherapy in early childhood treatment.
Scientific recognition of body-mind paradigm and its implications to a comprehensive health has been gradual but steady since the middle of last century, when dancers like Mary Whitehouse and Marian Chace began to wonder what were the reasons that people who engage in the dance thought attending professional classes. Today we can not dismiss the body as a source of information and as a place of healing and manifestation of the disease, both physical and mental. Our positions and movements, the way we occupy space, analog and symbolically speak of tensions, emotions, relationships with others and life stories. Life is dance is probably the most rigorous and comprehensive presentation in Castilian of Dance Movement Therapy, an emerging interdisciplinary profession has evolved from a synthesis between the art of movement and dance and psychology. A discipline that can intervene effectively in the fields of mental health, special education, rehabilitation and, in general, wherever there is suffering and disability, but may also contribute to the prevention and health care. The various authors who participate in this work make us sharers in her/his own specialty and her/his contributions as dance therapists experienced in clinical, teaching and research, and although they differ in varying degrees with respect to their cultures or theoretical perspectives, they all share the basic tenets of DMT: The conception of human beings as body-mind unit movement and dance as an expression of that unity. Recognition of the therapeutic potential of creative and artistic action and movement in particular. The notion of a therapeutic relationship based on distinction between work performed by a dance teacher and a professional.
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation Spreads the Gift of Dance/Movement Therapy (2007)
Collaborating with a Mission:
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation Spreads
the Gift of Dance/Movement Therapy
by Susan Rizzo Vincent, Suzi Tortora, Jocelyn Shaw,
Jean Basiner, Christina Devereaux, Sharon Mulcahy
and Mary Cartales Ponsini
American Journal of Dance Therapy
Vol. 29, No. 1, pages 51-58 Spring/Summer 2007
On May 19, 2002, Andréa Rizzo, an aspiring dance/movement therapist, was killed by a drunk driver. In the midst of their grief, colleagues, friends and family created The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, to assure that Andréa's dream of helping children with cancer and special needs through dance therapy would become a reality. Instituting dance therapy programs at both Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and in public schools throughout the Northeast, The Andréa Rizzo Dance Therapy Program continues to touch lives and broaden the spectrum of creative therapies recognized by doctors, nurses and educators alike. This article will highlight the programs that The Andréa Rizzo Foundation has instituted and funded since its inception in September 2002, as well as the Foundation's recent developments and achievements.
Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children (2006)
The Dancing Dialogue
Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children
by Suzi Tortora
Suzi Tortora, Ed.D.,A.D.T.R., CMA, is a Dance Movement Therapist in Cold Spring, NY. She is currently creating a dance therapy program for the pediatric ward of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co; 1 edition (2006)
Children's nonverbal cues can uncover critical information about their emotional, social, physical, communicative, and cognitive development. The first approach to focus exclusively on the importance of observing nonverbal expression, The Dancing Dialogue shows early childhood professionals how to assess the behavior and movement of children with a wide range of issues—and use what they learn to develop appropriate interventions.
This eagerly anticipated volume brings to book format the popular program Dr. Tortora has presented to thousands of professionals. The Dancing Dialogue is a one-of-a-kind resource that combines insights from diverse disciplines, including psychology, neurobiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dance movement therapy, and early childhood development. No dance background is needed—the ideas and techniques are accessible for professionals from any field. Strategies are brought to life by the author's vibrant, encouraging voice and the fascinating stories of children and adults engaging in the communicative dance.
Whether used in an early intervention program, in a classroom, or with individual caregivers and their children, this is an innovative, effective way to assess and enhance the development of young children.
Dance Movement Therapy
A Healing Art
by Fran J. Levy
Second edition (2005)
Publisher: Amer Alliance for Health Physical
Revised edition (September 1992)
Suzi Tortora is a contributing author to the chapter about Children
A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. This book examines the field of dance therapy from its inception in the 1940's to the present. A detailed analysis is conducted of the theory and practice of the major pioneers. The book covers biographical reports and the influence of many dance therapy leaders. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is discussed as well as dance therapy in specific patient/client settings.
The Multisensory World of the Infant
Suzi Tortora, Guest Editor 2004
In this issue of the Zero to Three Journal, contributors look at the many ways in which babies and very young children perceive the world and express their experience nonverbally in communication with their parents and other caregivers. The authors also identify the ways in which adults intuitively or intentionally communicate nonverbally with infants and toddlers.
Tortora, S. (May 2004). Our moving Bodies tell stories, which speak of our experiences.
Zero to Three, 24, 5, 4-11.
Tortora, S. (May 2004). Studying the infant's multisensory environment: A bridge between biology and psychology:
An interview with Myron Hofer.
Zero to Three, 24, 5, 12–18.
Format: Journal, Vol. 24, Issue No. 5
The Power of Movement in Your Child's First Three Years (2004)
On the Move: The Power of Movement in Your Child's First Three Years
by Suzi Tortora and Claire Lerner
with Lynette Ciervo
[Pamphlet] MetLife Foundation: Zero To Three,
A 12-page booklet for parents and caregivers on how children learn and develop through movement and what the adults in their lives can do to support them.
Young children delight us when they sit up on their own, reach out to be held, or take their first steps. These accomplishments are not just important for their physical development; they also help build intellectual skills, communication skills, and self confidence. This practical guide discusses how movement supports these areas of development and offers creative ways that parents and caregivers can bring physical activity into a child's life.
On the Move is available in packets of 20 to make it convenient to distribute copies to parents and staff; also available in spanish.
Format: pack of 20 brochures
On the Move is available in Adobe PDF, PDF link
Or copies of the printed booklet can be ordered from Zero to Three's online bookstore