Mary Mackrain

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Mary Mackrain
Senior Project Director

Mailing Address: 

450 Cambridge Street
Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Mary Mackrain is a nationally recognized expert in infant and early childhood mental health, child development, resilience, and early childhood education. She specializes in providing national- and state-level training, technical assistance, resource development, research, and systems and policy development.

Mackrain is the Project Director for the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) managed through a collaborative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems and EDC. The HV CoIIN is a time-limited learning activity (24 months) that brings together a select group of Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home visiting (MIECHV) grantees and teams from local home visiting service agencies, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, to seek improvement in specific topic areas that are of concern to home visiting.

Prior to the HV CoIIN project, Mackrain was responsible for providing technical assistance to early childhood mental health grantees in her work for the Project LAUNCH Technical Assistance Center. She also worked closely with Georgetown University's Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to develop and disseminate birth to five research-based materials and tools for supporting child, family, and early childhood staff mental wellness.

Mackrain is a national trainer for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and was the lead developer of the Devereux Infant and Toddler (DECA-I/T) Program developed to promote protective factors of children birth to three and their caregivers. She is also a lead author of the Devereux Infant and Toddler Assessment, Devereux Infant and Toddler Strategies Guide, For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers, and Building Your Bounce, Simple Strategies for a Resilient You.

Currently, Mackrain is a board member of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and a member of several Michigan state committees that work on behalf of mental health policies for children ages birth to eight.

Before joining EDC, Mackrain was an infant and early childhood mental health consultant for the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families. Earlier in her career, she worked as a teacher for children with autism and as a special education and mental health consultant for early childhood programs.

Mackrain holds an MEd in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University and an Infant Mental Health Endorsement Level (IV) in policy from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.