Karen Cairone, mental health expert and widely published author, helps teachers, leaders, and families foster children’s resilience, promote social and emotional development, and address children’s well-being and school readiness.

Cairone is the associate project director for the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety—an Office of Head Start-funded technical assistance center. She recently led a team on advancing knowledge of trauma-informed care (TIC) for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She is also an expert faculty on the Positive Guidance Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) and a writer for the Home Visiting CoIIN.

Cairone’s recent publications include an issue brief on TIC, a special topics paper on logic models, and an article on the work of the HV CoIIN. She has contributed to the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Toolbox and authored Creating a Trauma-Informed Home Visiting Program. She is also a consulting editor for Young Children magazine.

Cairone holds an AB in Psychology and English from Lafayette College and an EdM in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University.