Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program
Faculty Program Director: Roseanne Clark, PhD, IMH-E® (IV), Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Roseanne Clark, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Capstone Certificate Program. Dr. Clark developed and was director of the Parent-Infant and Early Childhood Clinic in the UW Department of Psychiatry for over 25 years and has provided teaching and supervision on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disturbances in infancy and early childhood and early parent-child relationships to psychiatry and pediatric residents and practicum students, interns and post-doctoral fellows in clinical, counseling and school psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and has received Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (IV).
Dr. Clark developed the widely used Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment (PCERA), and the Mother-Infant Therapy Group Approach for Postpartum Depression (M-ITG), was a major contributor to the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Development Disorders of infancy and Early Childhood (DC: 0-3) and to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice Parameters for the Psychiatric Assessment Infants and Toddlers.
For over 35 years, Dr. Clark’s research and numerous articles have focused on screening, evaluation and treatment of postpartum depression and infant and early childhood mental health, maternal employment and early parent-child relationships at-risk. She provides consultation to childcare and home visiting programs and is invited to speak, teach and consult nationally and internationally.
Dr. Clark has translated the results of her research and the evidence based evaluation and treatment protocols she has developed into community based interventions for underserved women, their infants and families including collaborating with community partners in Dane County to develop the Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), a comprehensive home visitation program for families with infants and young children affected by poverty.
Dr. Clark has been committed to conducting research to inform policy and practice and has been asked to serve on state and national scientific advisory committees including the Wisconsin Governor’s Early Intervention Coordinating Council, the Lt. Governor’s Task Force on Women and Depression, the Department of Health Services Maternal-Child Health Advisory Committee, the Wisconsin Task Force on Perinatal Mood Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health Roundtable on Perinatal Depression and the NIMH Workgroup on Assessment of Infant/Toddler Mental Health. Dr. Clark has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous NIH funded studies including a randomized clinical trial examining the efficacy of a mother-infant relational approach for women experiencing major depression in the postpartum period and another investigating the validity of screening and assessment measures of social-emotional functioning in infants and young children. She is currently partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families on the integration of the Mother-Infant Therapy Group to address postpartum depression and mother-infant relationships in Wisconsin Home Visiting Programs. In 2012, Dr. Clark was awarded the University of Wisconsin Van Hise Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award for Outreach. Dr. Clark provides academic oversight and direction for the Capstone Certificate Program as well as teaching, academic advising and reflective consultation for students and reflective mentoring for program faculty.
Roseanne Clark, PhD, IMH-E® (IV)
Co-Director: Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, PhD, Capstone Certificate Program Co-Director, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health,
Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, PhD, earned a BS in Psychology, MS in Behavioral Disabilities, and PhD in Special Education, with a focus on early childhood, all from UW-Madison. Dr. Tuchman-Ginsberg has contributed to early childhood professional development to improve outcomes for young children and their families for nearly 35 years. She has an extensive background in early childhood and education, family partnerships, and developmental disabilities. Along with Dr. Clark, she co-founded the UW Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program in 2009.
Her commitment to the Certificate Program grew from the recognition that infant mental health concepts and content are largely missing in university preparation as well as continuing education programs for most professionals who work with young children and their families. After retiring from her position at the Waisman Center as Program Director of Early Childhood and Education Professional Development in June 2013, she moved to the Department of Psychiatry to Co-Direct the Capstone Certificate in Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health. In her previous position, she provided leadership in cross-sector professional development including the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Personnel Development Program.
She coordinated the Early Childhood Special Education Teacher preparation program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years, and has been involved with interdisciplinary training of university students throughout her career. She served as a co-investigator for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She provided professional development across the nation and developed educational materials on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and their families. In addition, she has extensive experiences in early childhood policy and system development. She was a member of the Birth to 3 Interagency Coordinating Council.
She founded the Healthy Children’s Committee of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners and served as Co-Chair of the Screening and Evaluation Project Team of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. She received the University of Wisconsin Excellence Award for Public Service and Outreach in 2011 and the Wisconsin Division of Early Childhood and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Outstanding Service in Early Childhood Special Education Award in 2013. She is engaged with all aspects of the Capstone Certificate Program and provides instruction on topics of early screening, developmental assessment and autism. She also serves as a Reflective Consultant for participants interested in policy and Birth to 3 early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, PhD
Reflective Practice Mentors, Clinical Consultants and Instructional Staff
Annette Copa, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV) will provide Reflective Clinical Consultation for licensed mental health professionals and serve as an instructor for topics related to therapeutic interventions for infants, young children and their families. Ms. Copa is an Outpatient Psychotherapist with the Mayo Clinic Health System where she specializes in infant and early childhood mental health, pediatric anxiety disorders and postpartum depression and anxiety. Ms. Copa has been working in the field of Infant Mental Health for 17 years, is an instructor in the School of Social Work part-time MSW Program, at UW Eau Claire and co-author of the Portage Project Family Service Credential, one of ten nationally chosen credentials for Head Start family service staff. Ms. Copa has taught course content and provided reflective clinical consultation in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Carol Noddings Eichinger, MS, LPC, IMH-E® (IV) will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor and a Reflective Clinical Consultant for licensed mental health professionals as well as an instructor for the Capstone Certificate on topics related to therapeutic interventions, coaching practices and reflective supervision for practicing professionals. She has worked in the field of Infant Mental Health for over 30 years, in multiple roles including administrator, university instructor, psychotherapist, endorsed Infant Mental Health specialist, and early interventionist in Birth to Three programs. She is currently the director of Early Childhood Professional Development at the Waisman Center. Ms. Noddings Eichinger has taught course content, facilitated reflective mentoring groups, and provided individual reflective clinical consultation as instructional staff of the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program inception. Throughout her extensive career, Ms. Noddings-Eichinger has contributed to the field of infant mental health through direct work with infants, children and families and supported professional development through reflective supervision and consultation.
Janna L. Hack, LCSW, IMH-E® (IV) will serve as a Reflective Clinical Consultant for licensed mental health professionals and provide instruction on the topics of mental health consultation, diagnostic classification for infants and toddlers, therapeutic interventions and reflective supervision for practicing professionals. Ms. Hack has over 14 years of experience in the field of infant mental health in multiple roles including parent-child psychotherapist for child welfare involved families and at-risk populations, program management and development, and university instructor. She currently provides consultation, training and reflective supervision to professionals and policy makers working with infants, toddlers and young children. Ms. Hack has developed, and overseen the continued planning and evaluation of a statewide reflective supervision and infant mental health consultation training program within home visiting. Ms. Hack has taught course content and provided reflective mentoring and/or reflective clinical consultation in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Donna M. Harris, RN, MS will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor and a Reflective Clinical Consultant for licensed mental health professionals. She will also provide instruction on a conceptual framework to integrate health and mental health. Ms. Harris has over 40 years of experience and expertise in health promotion and disease prevention in infancy and early childhood with emphasis on infant, early childhood and family mental health and development. Ms. Harris has advanced early pioneering, innovative approaches in pediatric nursing practice, including work with parents and infants at risk, child abuse/neglect prevention, children with special needs, parental support and education, and family nursing. Ms. Harris has taught course content, facilitated reflective mentoring groups and provided reflective clinical consultation in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Kathleen Hipke, PhD, IMH-E® (IV) will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor and a Reflective Clinical Consultant for licensed mental health professionals. She will also provide instruction on psychotherapeutic and behavioral interventions for infants, young children and their families, including the areas of emotion coaching and addressing sleep disorders. Dr. Hipke is a Clinical Psychologist with the Dean Health System where she specializes in infant and early childhood mental health, postpartum depression and anxiety, and mental health consultation in a pediatric practice. She has also provided reflective mental health consultation to professionals working in several early intervention and home visiting programs in the community. Dr. Hipke has taught course content and provided reflective mentoring and reflective clinical consultation in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Michele Meier, M.Ed. will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor. She has worked for 35 years with infants, toddlers and their families as an early childhood educator and parent-infant specialist with an emphasis on supporting parent-infant relationships, infant, early childhood and family mental health and overall child development. She has specialized in working with infants and toddlers who are born prematurely, are at risk, have special needs or are in the foster care system, in partnership with their families. She developed and was the lead member of the NICU Hospital Transition Team in Milwaukee in addition to other parent-infant programs. She recently taught a course on infants, toddlers and their families for the UW Milwaukee School of Education. Ms. Meier has facilitated reflective mentoring groups and taught and provided instructional in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Lana Nenide, MS, IMH-E® (IV) will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor and an instructor on topics related to temperament and creating child care environments that support healthy social and emotional development for infants, young children and families. Ms. Nenide is the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health where she leads state implementation of the Pyramid Model for social and emotional competence, supervises program staff, develops trainings, and provides technical assistance and consultation. Ms. Nenide has facilitated a reflective mentoring group and taught course content in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program for the past three years.
Jen Perfetti, LPC, IMH-E® (IV) will serve as a Reflective Practice Mentor and a Reflective Clinical Consultant for licensed mental health professionals. She will also provide instruction on the topic of transition to parenthood and maternal depression. Ms. Perfetti is a Senior Counselor with the UW Department of Psychiatry where she assists with the community implementation of an efficacy-tested Mother-Infant Therapy Group for women with postpartum depression and their infants. She also provides psychotherapy specializing in individual and couples counseling during pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenting. She was a mother-infant psychotherapist in the Postpartum Depression Treatment Study in the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Perfetti facilitated reflective mentoring groups, provided individual reflective clinical consultation and has taught course content in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Samantha L. Wilson, Ph.D. will provide Reflective Clinical Consultation for licensed mental health professionals and instruction regarding infant mental health practice in the context of adoption and foster care. Dr. Wilson is licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She provides expanded developmental screening, referral, and follow-up for children in the first year following international adoption, along with community education and agency collaboration/consultation, for the International Adoption Clinic in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Wilson has taught course content and provided reflective consultation in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program since the program’s inception.
Mare Chapman, MA will provide mindfulness instruction as part of the seminar course each semester. Ms. Chapman is a Mindfulness Instructor with 25 years of experience and has taught mindfulness classes in many community settings. She is a psychotherapist in private practice where she works with adults, adolescents, couples, and groups utilizing mindfulness based approaches. Ms. Chapman has been teaching Mindfulness in the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate Program for the last 4 years.