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Mary Harrison

Research Associate

Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, is a Research Associate at CEED. She holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Minnesota, a clinical social work license, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School. Dr. Harrison researches Reflective Supervision/Consultation, a professional development and support model for practitioners working with infants, young children and their families/caregivers. She has practiced clinically with young children and families in a child abuse prevention program, preschool mental health day treatment program, and as an early childhood mental health consultant for preschoolers. She has also taught social work classes at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College. Dr. Harrison is currently designing and implementing an online training program for child welfare workers and other practitioners working with infants and young children, as well as contributing to other projects at CEED. 

Selected Publications

  1. Watson, C., Harrison, M., Hennes, J., & Harris, M. (in press). Revealing “the space between”: Creating an observation scale to understand infant mental health reflective supervision. Zero to Three.

  2. Harrison, M. (in press). Release, reframe, refocus, and respond: A practitioner transformation process in a reflective consultation program. Infant Mental Health Journal.

  3. Watson, C., Neilsen Gatti, S., Cox, M., Harrison, M., & Hennes, J. (2014). Reflective supervision and its impact on early childhood intervention. Early Childhood and Special Education; Advances in Early Education and Day Care, 18, 1-26. 10.1108/S0270-402120140000018001

Selected Presentations

  1. Watson, C., Harrison, M., Hennes, J., & Harris, M. (2016, December). The Reflective Interaction Observation Scale (RIOS): Understanding of the dyadic process of reflective supervision. Zero to Three Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  2. Harrison, M., & Warner, S. (2016, December 9). Integrating infant mental health practice into family childcare: Building relationships for impact. Zero to Three Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  3. Benning, S., Rader, S., & Harrison, M. (2016, November 2). Embedding infant Mental Health (IMH) Core Principles into Pre-Service Programs. Poster to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) National Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  4. Harrison, M., & Watson, C. (2016, October 11). Understanding reflective consultation in an Early Intervention Program: A model demonstrating its process and impact. Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health Annual Retreat in Phoenix, AZ. 

  5. Harrison, M., & Fallon, M. (2015, July 16). Infant Mental Health Principles in Family Childcare: How Providers can use research-based interactions to support young children's development. National Association of Family Child Care National Conference, Bloomington, MN.

  6. Harrison, M. (2016, June 9). What elements are important when considering the developmental care taking needs of children age birth to five in the child welfare system?  An experiential learning presentation to Title IV-E MSW students. Presented at Lifetrack Therapeutic Preschool in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  7. Watson, C., Mischke, M., Harrison, M., & Neilsen Gatti, S. (2016, April 26). Bridging education and mental health (BEAM) training: Supporting social and emotional learning and addressing challenging behaviors in early childhood school-based programs. Annual Children's Mental Health Conference, Minnesota Association for CHildren's Mental Health, Duluth, MN.

  8. Harrison, M. (2016, March 8). Supporting professionals working with highly stressed young children and families: Addressing burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress with reflective practice. Presented to Bloomington and Richfield Early Childhood Educators, Bloomington, MN.

  9. Neilsen-Gatti, S., & Harrison, M. (2016, March 8). Assessment: Asking why tells us how. Presented to Bloomington and Richfield Early Childhood Educators, Bloomington, MN.

  10. Harrison, M., & Watson, C. (2016, February 12). Understanding reflective consultation in early intervention programs: A model demonstrating its process and impact. Poster presented at the Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention CRIEI), San Diego, CA.

  11. Harrison, M., & Fallon, M. (2015, November 12). Understanding reflective supervision/consultation: Background and conceptual framework. A Webinar presentation for the Minnesota Infant Mental Health Faculty Learning Community, St. Paul, MN.

  12. Watson, C., Hennes, J. & Harrison, M. (2015, November 9). Researching reflective supervision. Presentation at the annual retreat of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (formerly the League of States), Phoenix, AZ.

  13. Harrison, M., & Watson, C.L. (2015, March 24). A practitioner change process: Findings from qualitative research exploring early interventionists' participation in a reflective consultation group. Poster presentation at College of Education and Human Development Research Day, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  14. Harrison, M.E., & Watson, C. (2014, December 12). A story of transformation in early intervention: Research exploring experiences of reflective supervision/consultation. Zero to Three's 29th National Training Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  15. Watson, C., Harrison, M. Gatti, S.N. (2014, June 9). Preparing and supporting professionals who work with young children: Reflective practices for strengthening the teacher-child relationship. Poster presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Minneapolis, MN.

  16. Watson, C., Neilsen Gatti, S., Harrison, M., & Cox, M. (2013, October 17). Supporting early interventionists through reflective consultation. Poster presentation at the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) International Conference, San Francisco, CA.

  17. Watson, C., & Harrison, M. (2013, April 29). Supporting early interventionists from multiple disciplines through reflective consultation. Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) Child and Adolescent Health Conference, Duluth, Minnesota.

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