Lindsay Usry is a Senior Policy Analyst for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) at ZERO TO THREE.
In her role, Lindsay helps to develop and implement ZERO TO THREE’s federal policy agenda (including conducting Hill visits, briefings, and advocacy outreach) as well as state technical assistance projects. Most recently, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the communications firm GMMB and public opinion research firm PerryUndem, Ms. Usry was the lead on a communications research project intended to identify messages that help specific audiences (pediatricians, policymakers, parents, and other early childhood providers) understand IECMH, and learn which messages are most effective for communicating key points about how emotional development can be promoted and supported in infants and young children. Ms. Usry also led planning for a successful 10-state IECMH policy convening and follow-up technical assistance project.
Lindsay was formerly Director of Special Projects for the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans where she is on faculty. She also served as the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Coordinator for Louisiana, working with their Office of Public Health. She received a BS in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary and an MPH in Global Maternal and Child Health from Tulane. She has previously worked on international child development issues with the U.S. Government Secretariat for Children in Adversity at USAID as well as The World Bank, and spent three years as an elementary special education teacher.