Staff

Erasma Beras-Monticciolo

Erasma Beras-Monticciolo is an activist, co-founder and Executive Director of Power of Two, a home visiting organization that nurtures the inherent potential in every child and family–equipping them with the tools to transform their own lives and strengthen their communities. Erasma holds a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from St. John’s University and an MPA from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy.

Before joining Power of Two, Erasma’s work has taken her to remote areas in Guatemala where she partnered with indigenous communities to establish independent, sustainable businesses that improved their living conditions and stimulated their local economies. Erasma also has local government experience in her hometown of New York City where she successfully established relationships with community-based organizations and social change groups to create partnerships and build support for a variety of programs serving vulnerable populations. Erasma is a big believer in healing-informed practice and approaches all of her work with that framework in mind.

Erasma also serves on the board for the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT) and the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC). She is also a 2019 Promising Ventures Fellow and a 2020 Aspen Institute Healthy Communities Fellow.

Susan Perkins

Ms. Perkins retired as Director of Policy and Planning, Senior Associate of Early Childhood Initiatives from the New York State Council on Children and Families in 2018. Since its inception in 2006, she represented the Council as a founding member of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP).  She continues to be active on various committees. Now living in Tompkins County, she is a member of the community’s Early Childhood Development Consortium and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s Family and Community Program Committee.

Responsibilities at the Council included: the state project director for NY Project LAUNCH, a SAMHSA funded initiative to improve the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth. Also, she worked closely with the staff of the Head Start Collaboration Project, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiative, and the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) on many early childhood, parenting and family literacy issues across the state.

Prior to joining the Council, she was an Even Start Family Literacy coordinator for seven years and an adult educator, specializing in child and family development/parenting education, for Cornell Cooperative Extension for seven years.

Susan holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, is a member of the National Parenting Education Network, serves on Cornell University’s Parenting Work Team and has been on New York’s Zero-to-Three Network Board of Directors since 2015. She has been named an honorary board member of Literacy Volunteers-Rensselaer County.

Elaine Liebman, Psy.D.

Dr. Liebman is a clinical psychologist at the Ryan Health Women and Children’s Center where she serves as the HealthySteps Program Director and Specialist.

Dr. Liebman received her doctorate in clinical child psychology and school psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.  She has a background in community-based mental health services, foster care, and Early Intervention across school, health center, and outpatient mental health settings.  Dr. Liebman has also provided supervision, consultation, and training throughout the New York City area on topics of early childhood development and relationships, preventive care, and trauma.

Dr. Michelle Gantt

Dr. Michelle Gantt is the CEO and founder of Good Morning Parents, a parenting education company.  She is also the Supervisor of Education and the Parenting Coordinator in a New York City federal prison. She is dedicated to the field of parenting, education and reentry. She utilizes her international experience as an educator, correctional worker and parenting professional to provide parents and providers with strategies to make positive intergenerational changes.

Daria Best, LCSW, MS.Ed

Daria, a LCSW and Ms.Ed, is the proud child of immigrant parents and a Brooklyn native who serves as a leader, advocate and social change agent in infant mental health and child welfare. With a Masters in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work (formerly Hunter College School of Social Work) and a Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education for Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention, Daria takes tremendous pride in being a Clinical Social Worker. Daria has worked in various realms of social work, from adult inpatient psychiatry to establishing programs to support young children and families impacted by the child welfare system. In 2017, Daria joined the Early Childhood Team at the Jewish Board, where she serves as the Director of the Brownsville Child Development Center in Brooklyn, leading a team that engages local providers, community members and early childhood professionals in meeting the social-emotional and developmental needs of young children under the age of 5 in underserved communities. Daria joined the Board of New Yor Zero-to-Three in 2019.

Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok, MSW, PhD

Rebecca was a clinician, author, and educator. She was New York Zero-to-Three Network’s longest continuous board member and a co-founder.  She was the Founding Director of the Institute for Infants, Children & Families (formerly Early Childhood Group Therapy Program and the Institute for Clinical Studies of Infants, Toddlers and Parents) of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She had training and experience in psychology, social work, early childhood education, psychoanalysis and infant mental health. She oversaw a multi-year, several site service, training, replication and research demonstration project under the auspices of Head Start, Administration for Children’s Services in New York. Rebecca co-led the Ground Zero Trauma Screening and Intervention Initiative for children under five and their caregivers. She was a longtime clinical consultant to the Rita Gold Infant and Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and currently an Advisory Board member. She saw children, birth through early adolescence with their parents, in private practice and was known for work with children who have developmental delays and their families. She was formerly a Contributing Editor for Parents magazine and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders and of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Rebecca published numerous articles on adult development; parent development and intervention; interventions with delayed young children and their parents; peer play psychotherapy; outreach in community-based settings; and on reflective supervision and practice in the birth through preschool field.

Susan Rabinowicz, PT, DPT, MS, PhD

Susan, a pediatric physical therapist, has worked for over 20 years with young children and families participating in the New York State Early Intervention Program. Susan is currently an adjunct faculty member for the St. Joseph’s College Program in Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Special Education M.A. She is a Knowledge Translation Practitioner and has presented her work on knowledge translation at several conferences. Dr. Rabinowicz is on the Advisory Council of the Long Island’s Leadership Initiative, Secretary for the Long Island Early Intervention Coordinating Council, and a board member of the New York State Association of Infant Mental Health. She is a co-director of the Suffolk County Infancy Leadership Circle, and a Pediatric Advocacy Liaison of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Rabinowicz views child growth, development, and learning through a systems approach. A systems approach, in which the child and family are central and supported by an interprofessional workforce, policies, and communities.

Carrie Wolleman-Stein

Carrie Wolleman-Stein has been in the social work field for over 30 years. She had an early start in mental health for children when she began at Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center. Since that beginning, she has focused her practice on children. In addition to her Master’s degree from NYU, she graduated from The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in the children and adolescent program.

Carrie has supervised an outpatient clinic and consulting program for Andrus Children’s Services. At Andrus, Carrie served children and families in a Head Start clinic. She supported the staff around the mental health needs of the children in the program.

Currently Carrie is the Director of the Early Childhood Treatment Center in the South Bronx run through The Association to Benefit Children. This program is part of the Thrive initative that has recognized the need for mental health services for infants, children and their families.  Carrie runs the Article 31 clinic as well as the consulting program that serve the Early Learn Centers.

Dr. Hazel Guzman

Dr. Hazel Guzman is a clinical psychologist who has been working in Early Childhood Mental Health for approximately 10 years. Dr. Guzman is currently Director of Behavioral Health at Northside Center for Child Development, Inc. Northside was selected as a Thrive NYC Early Childhood Treatment Center in 2016, serving all of Manhattan.

Dr. Guzman’s early childhood career began at Einstein’s Early Childhood Center where she worked as a Child Development Specialist in the Infant-Parent Project. During her five years at Einstein, Dr. Guzman worked with Bronx family court involved families. Dr. Guzman then transitioned to a position at New York Center for Child Development, where she developed and served as Program Manager for the Babies First Program, a dyadic intervention for family court-involved families working toward reunification. While working at NYCCD, Dr. Guzman also developed and provided trainings to Child Care Centers on Early Childhood Mental Health topics.

Dr. Guzman is a psychodynamically trained clinical psychologist who is also trained in several evidenced based modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Triple P. Dr. Guzman’s professional interests have consistently focused on attachment and relationship-based interventions, with a focus on early childhood social-emotional development. Dr. Guzman also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Zero to Three (NYZTT) network where she sits on the Executive Committee and serves as Treasurer.

Daryl Wang

Daryl is currently the Program Supervisor of University Settlement’s Early Intervention Program, and works with program staff and therapists to ensure that children are receiving the therapeutic services they need. She received her MA in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and has worked with low income children and families since graduating in 2012. Daryl is passionate about working in early childhood, and spends her weekends volunteering at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit working with patients in developmental play.

Beverly Gould

Beverly Gould was born and raised in New York City where she has worked for almost 40 years as a clinical social worker and school psychologist.  She received her MSW from Columbia University in 1977 and her doctorate in School Psychology from New York University in 2002,  Throughout her career, her primary interest has been working with low income families with children aged 0-5. She has worked in a variety of community mental health clinics, child abuse prevention and treatment programs, therapeutic nursery and substance abuse programs and schools both as a clinician and administrator.  In 2001, she was a National Head Start Leadership Fellow in Washington DC where she worked in the Division of Disabilities at the Head Start Bureau participating on the Fetal Alcoholism Workgroup and Infant Mental Health Initiative.  She contributed to and edited the Bureau’s Child Mental Health Bulletin published in 2002.  A former Early Head Start Director, she is currently the Coordinator of Early Childhood Mental Health Services at the Child Center of New York supervising and working with low-income, traumatized immigrant children and families. She has been actively studying psychodrama for the last 12 years, and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2005.  She is a member of the One Spirit, One Family Leadership Education Team of One Spirit Seminary working on developing an Interspiritual Curriculum for preschoolers.

Michelly Garcia, LMSW

A driven and passionate advocate for the interests of underserved and vulnerable populations in New York City, Michelly E. Garcia, LMSW has spent the last ten years working to promote optimal functioning for families with children zero to five years of age, improve early child developmental and health outcomes, and support families’ progress toward their own self-sufficiency and other long-term goals.

She currently serves as the Director of the South Bronx Early Head Start program of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, which serves families in one of the most high need communities in the nation and is the only Early Head Start program with services embedded in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  Ms. Garcia leads a multidisciplinary team in the ongoing development and implementation of a model integrating relationship-based practices into the NICU’s medical care and support service delivery.  This model is aimed at empowering parents in the care of their infants through interventions that promote mutual regulation and connection.  She also has worked to incorporate trauma focused principles into program development, design, and home visitation practices in line with the needs and vulnerabilities of the South Bronx community.  Ms. Garcia is a fee-for-service clinician at the Jewish Board Child Development Center where she provides therapeutic services to families parenting children aged two to eight, and engages in training on the theories and methods of the latest evidenced-based interventions to support positive parent and child outcomes.

Ms. Garcia completed her graduate training in social work at Lehman College of CUNY and a post-graduate fellowship in Infant Parent Mental Health at the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus.

Hillary Mayers, LCSW

Hillary Mayers is co-director of Chances for Children-NY which she co-founded in 2000 with Elizabeth Buckner, LCSW. Her specialty is children ages birth to five and their families. A graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work and the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS) she maintains small private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan. She has worked in clinics, schools, and therapeutic nurseries providing treatment, training and supervision to interns and staff for over 25 years.

Randi Levine

Randi Levine is Policy Coordinator and Early Childhood Education Project Director at Advocates for Children of New York. She provides legal representation, policy advocacy, and community education to strengthen access to early childhood education in New York City. She also serves as an adjunct clinical professor of education advocacy at NYU School of Law. Previously, she worked in Head Start centers and served as Senior Policy Associate at Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in Washington, DC where she advocated for federal legislation to increase investments in high-quality early childhood education programs. She is a graduate of NYC public schools, Yale University, and NYU School of Law.

Marjorie Brickley

Director of the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention Program at Bank Street College of Education where she teaches courses in development and assessment as well as providing reflective supervision to field work students. Director of the Infancy Institute at Bank Street College, a 3-day annual conference for people working with children under 3 years of age and their families. Works as a developmental specialist in Early Intervention.

Julia Travers, RN, MSN

Julia, an Infant Toddler Specialist, has worked for over 35 years with young children and families as a clinical nurse specialist, parent educator, manager, program coordinator, and consultant of Early Intervention Programs.

Currently, she is a consultant to infant toddler programs providing practice-based coaching for guiding early care and learning professionals to use evidence-based best practices to improve teaching methods and promote positive child outcomes.

Julia launched the NYC Infant Toddler Resource Center, NYS Region 5, a collaborative initiative of the NYC Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium. She coordinated a team of Infant Toddler Specialists who provided classroom/program assessment using standardized tools (ITERS -R, FCCERS-R) and targeted quality improvement planning that aligned with NY State Early Learning Guidelines and best practices. 

Julia is a trained local Devereux program mentor who designed and implemented the Devereux Early Childhood Social Assessment project at the Center for Children’s Initiatives. Over 75 NYC program directors, education directors and infant toddler teachers participated in the project and included the assessment as part of developmental monitoring individualized planning. Julia was honored with the NYS award for “What’s Great in Our State: A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health” for the Devereux project. 

Suzi Tortora Ed D., C.M.A., A.D.T.R., LCAT, LMHC

Description: Administrator/Psychotherapist/Educator/Author

Current Position: Founder and director of Dancing Dialogue Healing and Expressive Arts, a center for movement, music & dance based arts that support healing & self- expression, in Cold Spring, New York

Doctorate from Teachers College Columbia University with a specialization in infancy development, psychology and education
Master degree in dance therapy from New York University; and her undergraduate degree from the Elliot Pearson Department of Tufts University in child development, psychology, and education with teaching certification for typical and special needs early childhood and elementary education.
Teaches creative and meditative dance to all ages in her clinical dance movement psychotherapy practice in New York City and in the Hudson Valley Region of upstate New York.
Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Kestenberg Movement Profiler.
Additional studies include Body Mind Centering (BMC) with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; the discipline of Authentic Movement with Janet Adler; and extensive study and training in the field of infancy and early childhood research, development, education, communication and intervention through the Zero-to-Three Institute.
Over 23 years experience working with infants and young children (and their parents and caregivers).
A dance/movement psychotherapist.

Joanne Loeb, PhD

Joanne Loeb. PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice working with children, adolescents and adults. Previously she served as a consultant with the New York Center for Child Development where she worked in preschool and perinatal practice settings and provided bilingual trainings for child care providers. She was an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at the Early Childhood Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she worked with families and young children for over ten years. Previously Dr. Loeb worked as Training Coordinator and Supervising Psychologist at Los Niños Services, an early childhood and early intervention agency in New York City.  Dr. Loeb received a certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and she has training in child-parent psychotherapy, perinatal anxiety and depression and she is a certified therapist and trainer in Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Dr. Loeb has published articles in the areas of early intervention and assessment and has presented in local and national conferences on topics such as early childhood development, early identification of autism, early childhood trauma and parent child interaction therapy.

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW

Joaniko Kohchi, MPhil, LCSW, is an infant and early childhood mental health specialist with experience focusing on court-involved families spanning several regions of the United States. Ms.Kohchi has worked with children and families who have survived traumatic events, such as natural disasters or interpersonal violence, which often lead to out-of-home care. She has consulted in a variety of early care and school settings providing direct service to children and families and supporting teachers guiding children to realize their optimal learning and achieving developmental milestones. She is former clinical and research faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine and LSU Health Sciences Center, both in New Orleans, where she taught and supervised professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Ms. Kohchi was a primary clinician on the Tulane Infant Team, a specialized program that followed all children in foster care under the age of five in Jefferson Parish, LA, providing developmental and relationship assessment, therapeutic interventions, frequent court reports and testimony. The Tulane team was part of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMHSA effort to establish evidence-based interventions for traumatized children. Ms. Kohchi was part of the Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center in New Orleans, which was an early contributor to the Center for Evidence-Based Practice, now the Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and its partner organization, the Technical Assistance Center for Social Emotional Interventions (TACSEI). Ms. Kohchi has extensive experience working with children with developmental challenges of all ages, usually with co-occurring mental health disorders. Ms. Kohchi is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy provider and trainer at the Jewish Board in New York City. She has been a board member of NYZTT since 2013, and currently serves as an officer on the Executive Committee, as well as working on the Communications and Membership Committees.

Richard Kahn, PhD, RD

Richard Kahn is a dietitian specializing in transdisciplinary treatment of growth and feeding problems. He earned his MS in Nutrition and Food Science at Hunter College. His doctorate is in Social Welfare and his dissertation topic explored the way the way allied health professionals, nurses and physicians learned to blend their physical training with Infant mental health at the Institute for Infants, Children and Families at the JBFCS. He was researcher at the Einstein College of Medicine Dept. of Family and Social Medicine. There, he designed and carried out an intervention to help parents wean their children off baby bottles. In addition, he co-directed a pilot project to help S. Asian families improve the feeding and growth of their children in the Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic at North Central Bronx Hospital. He has presented on ways to separate developmental feeding struggles from sensory and oral motor delays in the US and Canada. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science at Hunter College. He works in the WIC and Early Intervention Programs as well as having a private nutrition practice specializing in the needs of developmentally delayed infants, toddlers children and teens. He blogs on the interaction between body, mind, parenting around food on the eating behavior of children and teens.

Barbara Greenstein, LCSW PhD

Dr. Barbara Greenstein is a social worker and psychoanalyst who  has spent close to 30 years pioneering innovative programs for high risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families including mentally ill parents, teen parents, and dually- diagnosed parents. Dr. Greenstein developed the first new Early Head Start in New York City, a nationally recognized program that was spotlighted on “Good Morning America.” She was a member of the National Early Head Start Research consortium with investigators from New York University and Dr. Edward Zigler, the “father of Head Start” as research partners. Dr. Greenstein’s Early Head Start Program gave rise to the National Research study on Father Involvement in Early Head Start.

Most recently, Dr. Greenstein served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Child Center of New York, and as Division Director of Early Childhood Services at The Jewish Board. She is a member of the Early Childhood Strategic Work Group, a committee that advises the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on early childhood mental health, served on the faculty of the Institute for Infants, Children and Families from its inception in 1995 and is past-president of the New York Zero to Three Network.

Martha E. Edwards, PhD

Dr. Edwards is currently Director of the Center for the Developing Child & Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Dr. Edwards has a long-standing interest in understanding child development within the intersecting contexts of the family system, culture, and intra-individual levels of neurobiology and psychodynamics.  She created The Bright Beginnings Parent-Child Program, a curriculum that enhances the parent-child relationship and promotes mental health and school readiness in infants and toddlers.   Her chapter, “Parenting in Families,” in The Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, describes the theoretical framework for Bright Beginnings. Dr. Edwards received the 2015 award from the American Family Therapy Academy for “Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy.”  She presents nationally and internationally, writes about parenting and family therapy with young children and family-school collaboration, and maintains a private practice in New York City.  She has served as Board Member and Vice-President for the American Family Therapy Academy; she is the current Program Chair for the New York Zero-to-Three Network and advisory editor for Family Process.

Greta Doctoroff, PhD

Greta is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the School-Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Program at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her post-doctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School/Rhode Island Hospital. Her research focuses on supporting young children’s social, emotional, behavioral and early academic development with a focus on parenting and teaching practices. In addition, she studies parenting in the context of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences. She teaches developmental psychopathology, evidence-based treatment, and co-leads the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Youth practicum program at Ferkauf. She works with children, families and adults from a CBT perspective in her private practice.

Susan Chinitz, Psy. D.

Susan Chinitz is a psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in infancy and early childhood. She was formerly a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Charles S. and Patricia T. Raizen Distinguished Scholar in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was the Director of the Early Childhood Center and the Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families at Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center. She is currently a consultant for the Center for Court Innovation and has helped to develop and launch the Strong Starts Court Initiative, a Family Court based model of practice designed to improve outcomes for infants and toddlers who are known to the court due to concerns about maltreatment.

Dr. Chinitz is on the Community Advisory Board of the NYC Nurse Family Partnership, the faculty of the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the Professional Advisory Board for the New York Center for Child Development, and is a member of the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group.

Dr. Chinitz has obtained city, state and federal grants to provide developmental and infant mental health services in community-based programs for young children, including the first allocation of city funding specifically for infant and early childhood mental health services that supported the integration of infant and early childhood mental health services in primary pediatric care, preschools, foster care agencies and the Family Courts. She received a grant from the Administration on Children and Families to create the first Early Head Start Program in the Bronx; and one from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to create a childcare and preschool program that provided developmental therapies and behavioral supports for children with disabilities and training for childcare staff.

Dr. Chinitz is an invited speaker at professional conferences and has authored chapters and journal articles related to psychological assessment of children with disabilities, social-emotional development in infancy and early childhood, young children with attachment disorders and developmental disabilities, young children in the foster care system, and trauma in infancy and early childhood.

Natalie Brooks Wilson, LCSW-R, PhD(c)

Natalie Brooks Wilson, LCSW-R, PhD(c) is the Director of Mental Health Services at Sheltering Arms Children & Family Services. Serving as one of the original leaders of their Seen & Heard Program treating young children and their caregivers who have experienced or witnessed violence, she has served as a mentor, trainer and program developer in multiple settings within several human service organizations. Furthermore, she is passionate in her goal to break down institutional silos to foster integration and open communication while working to confront social injustices. Brooks Wilson is a clinical social worker by training who has actively worked in the field for over 20 years. She is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at Adelphi University.

Lorraine Chun, MLS

Description: Public Health Administrator/Librarian

Current Positions: Medical Librarian/Assistant Director, Sidney Druskin Library, New York College of Podiatric Medicine

  • Former Trainer with the Early Intervention Learning Network, Just Kids, Inc.
  • Extensive governmental experience in programs for high risk infants and toddlers, and childrenwith developmental delays from birth to age 21 years.
  • Developed numerous collaborative networks and programs in New York City and Westchester County to improve services for at risk infants and toddlers and infants and children with special needs.
  • Former Early Intervention Official for Westchester County and representative on various New York State Early Intervention committees, founding member of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and former Board of Directors member, and former member of the New York State Task Force on Immigrant Health.

Priscilla Lincoln, PhD, PMHNP

Priscilla Lincoln currently works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychoanalytically informed psychotherapist with children, adolescents and adults in at an outpatient clinic and in private practice.  She does dyadic therapy with parents and infants through the Anni Bergman Parent Infant Program and provides mental health consultation for several of University Settlement’s home visiting programs.  She has extensive experience in working with high risk infants and their families, including:

  • Development of Early Head Start, Early Intervention and Family Support programs for families of children with chronic illness while serving as Director of the Department of Children’s and Family Services at Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
  • Development of the Families First Program at South Beach Psychiatric Center, a parent support program for new parents.
  • Extensive experience and expertise in staff development

Evelyn Blanck

Evelyn Blanck is the Associate Executive Director of the New York Center for Child Development. New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) is a not-for-profit early childhood organization founded in 1995, which offers a continuum of educational and therapeutic services for children from birth through age 5 designed to promote their optimal development.

She received a gubernatorial appointment to the Early Childhood Advisory Council of New York State, where she serves on the Steering Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Strong Families Workgroup. The Council advises the office of the Governor, the Legislature, and Commissioners on early childhood policies and programs. She is a member of the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team where she is helping to reshape New York State’s Medicaid Plan to better address the needs of young children. She is a member of the NYS Joint Task Force on Social Emotional Development which was formed to develop guidance for Early Intervention to ensure that practitioners have the necessary tools available to identify and treat young children in need of social emotional supports and interventions.

Ms. Blanck is the Founder and Chair of the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group, an official advisory committee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that is comprised of leading experts in the area of early childhood health and mental health. She was also the Chair of the Council on Young Child Wellness for SAMHSA Project LAUNCH which consisted of representatives of the New York City Mayor’s office, city government agencies and private agencies dealing with young children and their families.

She is the former Co-President of the New York Zero to Three Network. She is a founding board member of the New York Association of Infant Mental Health which will oversee the implementation of a New York State Infant Mental Health Endorsement program. She is on the Professional Advisory Board of the Profectum Foundation.

Evelyn Blanck has been an invited speaker at many professional conferences addressing social-emotional development and policy in infancy and early childhood. A major focus of her work has been on promoting the integration of mental health in education, primary care and all child serving systems.