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Mary Mackrain is a national leader in infant and early childhood mental health systems and continuous quality improvement (CQI) methods. She serves as an expert adviser to federal, state, community, and program leaders on child and family mental health, resilience, early care and education quality, relational health, and systems change.  

Mackrain promotes the use of evidence-based practices and CQI to improve outcomes for children and families. She leads EDC’s Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network, which has achieved significant successes in strengthening home visiting processes to improve maternal and child outcomes. She is a technical monitor or mentor to CQI initiatives, including Home Visiting – Improvement Action Center Team.

A well-known author, Mackrain has published works on breastfeeding, trauma-informed care, home visitor/family partnerships, resilience, and creating CQI plans. Nationwide, she presents on infant and early childhood mental health consultation and CQI efforts within maternal and child health.

Mackrain holds an MEd in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University and a Level IV Endorsement in Infant Mental Health Policy through Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health.