Kathy Mulrooney is a passionate advocate and recognized thought leader in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH). She has virtually worked around the world and across the many systems of professionals who touch the lives of infants, young children and their families. She has worked with ZERO TO THREE for the last 10 years of her nearly 40 year career in the mental health field. At the heart of her IECMH work is her deep commitment to core values of relationship, reflection and learning from families from diverse backgrounds, knowledge and experiences. Kathy also revels in her role as “grandma” to her young grandchildren who remind her, on a very personal level, of the importance of strong connections and the tremendous capabilities of babies and young children.
Kathy serves as the Director for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) -Program for ZERO TO THREE. In this role she provides leadership across ZERO TO THREE programs related IECMH work. Kathy co-leads ZERO TO THREE’s IECMH strategic priority efforts and coordinates IECMH activities within ZERO TOTHREE and in collaboration with external partners. Kathy was a member of the Diagnostic Classification Revision Task Force which produced DC:0-5™ and lead the development of DC:0-5 Training curricula and training offerings. She has overseen the delivery of DC:0-5™ training efforts around the world. Kathy has also designed a series of IECMH training topics which are available for clinicians and allied professionals. Kathy works closely with ZERO TO THREE’s Policy Center to advance IECMH practice on local, state and national levels. Kathy has worked to promote IECMH through her various roles at ZERO TO THREE including work with Military Family Projects, Project LAUNCH, and Professional Development & Workforce Innovations team. Kathy brings extensive experience in promoting reflective practice and reflective consultation in a variety of settings and systems. Likewise, she has worked to promote trauma-informed practice, and has been involved in terrorism and disaster response supports nationally.
Kathy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She has achieved the Infant Mental Health Endorsement – Mentor/Clinical. Kathy has an extensive history of clinical practice, professional development, technical assistance, and systems consultation experience.