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. 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 6 young grandchildren who remind her, on 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) for Professional Development at ZERO TO THREE. In this role she is responsible for curriculum development, delivery and post-training support around IECMH content and practice. Kathy also co-leads IECMH cross organizational efforts, advancing ZERO TO THREE’s IECMH Strategic framework. She participated in the Diagnostic Classification Revision Task Force which produced DC:0-5™ and leads the DC:0-5™ training efforts around the world. 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 currently as part of the Professional Development & Workforce Innovations team. Kathy brings extensive experience in promoting reflective practice and reflective supervision in a variety of settings and systems. Likewise, she has worked to promote trauma-informed practice, and has been involved in disaster response supports nationally.
Kathy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She is an Accredited Clinical Supervisor and has achieved the Infant Mental Health Endorsement – Mentor/Clinical. Kathy has an extensive history of clinical practice, training, administrative and systems consultation experience.