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Clinical Assistant Professor


BS, Purdue University

MSW, University of Maryland

MA,  Johns Hopkins University


Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

Carole Norris-Shortle, MSW, MA

Academic Title:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



701 W. Pratt Street, 4th Floor

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-6680


(410) 328-0202

Education and Training

BS, Purdue University

MSW, University of Maryland

MA,  Johns Hopkins University

Research/Clinical Keywords

Attachment, Mindfulness, Fussy Baby Network, FAN (Facilitated Attuned iNteraction), NCAST, Trauma, Homelessness, Young Children, Grief, Photographic Baby Life Books, Family Engagement

Highlighted Publications

Heffron, MaryClaire, Gilkerson, Linda, Cosgrove, Kim, Heller, Sherryl Scott, Imberger, Jaci, Leviton, Audrey, Mueller, Mary, Norris-Shortle, Carole, Phillips, Caroline, Spielman, Eda, Wasserman, Kate “Using the FAN Approach to Deepen Trauma-Informed Care for Infants, Toddlers, and Families.” Zero to Three Volume 36 No.6, July 2016.

Cosgrove, Kim, Norris-Shortle, Carole “Let’s Spend More Time Together Like This!”: Fussy Baby Network Infusion in Baltimore Homeless Nursery Program. Zero to Three Vol 35 No.3,January 2015.

Bloom Connolly, Amy, Cosgrove, Kim, Norris-Shortle, Carole, Taylor, Susan “Mindful Awareness Play”. Play Therapy, Volume 6 (4), Dec 2011.

Melly, Alison, Cosgrove, Kimberly, Norris-Shortle, Carole, Kiser, Laurel, Levey, Eric, Coble, Catherine,  Leviton, Audrey. “Supporting Positive Parenting for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness”.  Zero to Three, January 2010.

Norris-Shortle, Carole, Melley, Alison, Kiser, Laurel, Levey, Eric Cosgrove, Kim and Leviton, Audrey. “Targeted Interventions for Homeless Children at a Therapeutic Nursery”.  Zero to Three, Volume 26 (4), March 2006.

Norris-Shortle, Carole, Parks, Peggy L., Walden, Carol, and Hayman-Hamilton, Julia. "Photographic Baby Life Book for Inner City Parents".  Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Volume 10(3), 1999

Norris-Shortle, Carole, Colletta, Nancy, Cohen, Martha, and McCombs, Regina. "Sibling Therapy with Children under Three".  Child and Adolescent Social Work, Volume 12, Number 4, August 1995.

Norris-Shortle, Carole and Cohen, Ruth. "Home Visits Revisited", Social Casework, Volume 68, January 1987.

Norris-Shortle, Carole and Kahoe, Gloria. "Hospital's Community Projects Benefit Students, Parents", Hospitals, December 1978

Clinical Specialty Details

2017 Spring FAN Train the Trainer for Non-Profit Maryland Agencies.

2017 March  FAN Level I Training in Pittsburg for FBN National.

2016 May    World Association of Infant Mental Health, “Staying in the Hard Places: Facilitating Attuned Interaction Midst Family and Community Unrest” Prague, Chez

2016, Spring FAN Level II Facilitation of Supervisors, Prince George’s Co, Maryland

2016 March  National Meeting Fussy Baby Network, two presentations: Mindfulness Interventions, and Project for Level II Facilitation of Developmental Therapists.  Chicago, IL.      

2016 Oct    FAN Level I Training, Prince George’s County, Maryland

2016 Oct    National Meeting Fussy Baby Network, Three Presentations: Sand Tray& Mindfulness, Mindfulness in FAN work, MSDE Project Summary.  Baltimore MD.

2016 Oct    DEC (Division for Early Childhood) ”Supporting Parenting Capacity & Building Parent Child Relationships: The FAN Method. Louisville, Kentucky.

2016 Nov    NAECHY (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)”Supporting Infant Mental Health with Very Young Children and Their Parents During the Challenges of Homelessness” Orlando, FL  

2016  Nov  MD/DC Play Therapy Association, “Curious Explorer & Curious Observer; Music, Movement, and Mindful Play with High-Risk Young Children & Their Parents. Silver Springs, Maryland 

Awards and Affiliations

2016      National Trainer level in FAN Facilitation, Fussy Baby Network.

2015      Mentorship level of Training in FAN Facilitation, Fussy Baby Network.            

2014      Alma Troccoli Award for Early Childhood Mental Health Advocacy, University of Maryland.

2012      Recognized by University of Maryland School of Social Work as one of 50 Heroes for Justice.

2010      Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Department of Child psychiatry, 60th Gala Celebration of the Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Maryland  

2007      Anita L. Spietz Outstanding National NCAST Instructor Award

2002      Award for Excellence in Field Instruction by Un of MD School of Social Work

2001      Accepted as a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor

2004-79   Listed in "Who's Who of American Women".

1990      Listed in "Who's Who in Human Services".

Professional Activity

2015-Present   World Association of Infant Mental Health

1972–Present   National Association of Social Work

1977-Present   Academy of Certified Social Workers

1980-Present   American Association Marriage & Family Therapy

1985–1997      International Association Infant Mental Health

1999–Present   International Play Therapy Association

1986-1990      Maryland/DC Association of Infant Mental Health (Charter Member)