Therese Ahlers

Therese Ahlers, MS, MPA, IMH-E® (IV- Policy) is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) at ZERO TO THREE.

Therese Ahlers

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist


Ms. Ahlers started her work with ZERO TO THREE in January 2014 providing technical assistance and support to SAMHSA funded Project LAUNCH grantees to encourage evidenced-based prevention strategies in early childhood service delivery with an emphasis on infant mental health. Currently, Ms. Ahlers is part of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) policy team promoting the integration of infant mental health practices and policies across service delivery areas. Ms. Ahlers provides frequent consultation to state leaders and advocates. Common topics include developing infrastructure, securing diversified funding, how to start and sustain an effective infant mental health association, and building parent leadership in collaborative system-building.

Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Ms. Ahlers started the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, a statewide agency promoting awareness, professional development, collaboration, and public policy fostering social and emotional well-being of infants, young children and their families. As the Executive Director, she oversaw all operations including fund raising, staff supervision, contract negotiations and management. Working with both state agencies and private providers, Ms. Ahlers promoted integration of relationship based actions into early childhood practices and policies. Over twelve plus years, Ms. Ahlers increased staffing from one full time position to four professional full time workers. Ms. Ahlers is located in Ferryville, Wisconsin.

Additional highlights include:

  • Infant Mental Health Endorsement: 2011 Policy IV Category
  • ZERO TO THREE 18-month Leadership Development Initiative Fellowship; 2002 – 2003
  • University of Wisconsin Madison; Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
    • Master of Arts – Public Administration – 1995
  • University of Wisconsin Madison; Studies in Behavioral Disabilities
    • Master of Science – 1985
  • University of Wisconsin Madison; Behavioral Disabilities and Elementary Education
    • Bachelor of Science – 1983