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Marti EricksonMartha Farrell Erickson (Retired)

Former Director, Harris Programs; Former Co-Chair, President's Initiative on Children, Youth, & Families, University of Minnesota; founding Director of the Children, Youth, & Family Consortium; founding Director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program

Having served as the founding Director of the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth, & Family Consortium (1991 to 2003), Marti Erickson directed the Harris Programs for CEED until June 2008 and co-chaired the President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families. A developmental psychologist and professor in both Child Psychology and Family Social Science, Marti specializes in linking research, practice, and policy in the areas of parent-child attachment, child abuse prevention, and children's mental health. With Byron Egeland, Marti developed the STEEP program, a preventive intervention program for parents and infants, and the Seeing Is Believing® video strategy for working with parents and infants, and she oversees training for both of those programs.

Marti's publications include many scholarly articles and books as well as a syndicated parenting column Growing Concerns. Since 1995, Marti also has appeared regularly as the child and family expert on KARE-TV's (NBC) Today Show and Sunrise Show and, with her daughter, hosts a podcast, Mom Enough. Marti has been honored by numerous state and national organizations, including the Minnesota Psychological Association (Outstanding Contribution to Psychology Award, 2003) and the Minnesota School Psychologists Association (Distinguished Best Practices Award, 2003).

Marti served as visionary and co-director, with Christopher Watson, of the interdisciplinary Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program.



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