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Linda Gilkerson Bio

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.


Professor and Director, Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program, Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; World Association of Infant Mental Health; Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health; Division of Early Childhood Council of Exceptional Children

Contributions to the Field
Dr. Gilkerson’s area of specialization is early intervention. She has made notable contributions toward improving knowledge and practice with young children with disabilities and with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), particularly in regards to implementing developmental care in NICUs. She has made pioneering contributions in promoting a focus on social-emotional developmental and reflective supervision within both the health and early intervention systems. Dr. Gilkerson is currently developing and evaluating an infant mental health-informed intervention approach for fussy babies and their parents which will be offered nationally.

Current Research
Her research addresses the needs of infants and families in a range of settings including Early Head Start, childcare and early intervention. Dr. Gilkerson is Co-Principal Investigator, Infant Crying and Developmental Outcome: A Biobehavioral Approach, NICHD-funded research project awarded to University of Illinois—Brain Body Center. Also, she is Principal Investigator, Effectiveness of an infant mental health-informed intervention approach for fussy babies and their families. And, she is Director, Project Connect, Examining the effectiveness of parent-child psychotherapy for biological parents seeking reunification with their young child.

Recent Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published 
Cardone, I.A., Gilkerson, L. & Wechsler, N. (2008). Teenagers and their babies: a perinatal home visitor’s guide. Washington, DC: Zero to Three Press.

Gilkerson, L. & Klein, R. (Eds). (2008). Early development and the brain: teaching resources for educators. Washington, DC: Zero to Three Press.

Dr. Gilkerson was awarded the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health 2007 Honoree of the Year for Contributions to the Field of Infant Mental Health.



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