Erin Lucas, MA, LICSW, is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow. She is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Hopewell Health Centers, located in Ohio.
Ms. Lucas has vision for creating effective collaboration across and within systems to meet the needs of young children and families in rural Appalachian Ohio. Under her leadership, the Early Childhood team has expanded to provide ECMH consultation to preschool partners in 16 counties and access to early childhood training and professional development in 18 counties, and it has partnered with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to create solutions for increasing local access to allied professional therapy in early intervention. She believes in leveraging local expertise and leadership to create innovative solutions to community challenges.
Most recently, Ms. Lucus has worked to bring infant mental health consultation to primary care settings and create trauma-informed mental health consultation partnerships with local school districts. In addition to her role at Hopewell Health Centers, Ms. Lucas serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Social Work program at Ohio University, growing the field of social workers prepared to serve in rural America. Ms. Lucas received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish, and her master’s in social work from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.