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Early Childhood Mental Health

Integrative evidence and community based services in the earliest years of life are smart and essential to building healthy brains, promoting school readiness and preventing stress related health problems.  Early childhood mental health translational research efforts in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry support young children, their parents and families, as well as early educators and healthcare providers, to identify and address social emotional needs and build the capacity of educators, developmental specialists, and pediatric care providers.

Several Center Faculty members are committed to understanding and evaluating effective prevention and intervention models, novel approaches to increasing access to early intervention, and preventing or remediating mental health problems in very young children.

The faculty has developed expertise in parent-child treatments and assessments (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) Intervention, Child-Parent Psychotherapy), including trauma informed services and child and family consultation services. 

Primary Faculty

Affiliated Faculty


  • Andrea Downing, MSW
  • Jessica Lertora, MSW
  • Cecelia Parker, MSW
  • Laila Rubin, MSW
  • Taryn Harris-Sterling, MSW