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Lorraine Kubicek, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Lorraine F. Kubicek, Ph.D., IMH‐E (IV/R‐F) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing her doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of Chicago and a certificate in Infant Studies from the Irving B. Harris Program at the Erikson Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow and later a member of the Research Faculty in the Program for Early Developmental Studies at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, directed by Dr. Robert N. Emde. 

Dr. Kubicek has over 30 years of experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation with families (from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds) and their children who are typically developing, at‐risk or with special needs. A common theme in her work has been a recognition of the profound effect the quality of parent-child relationships has on the overall health, development and well‐being of children and families. Her areas of interest and expertise include infant/early childhood mental health, social-emotional communication, language development, parent-child relationships, and family routines. She has worked in both university and nonprofit settings and has served as the Principal Investigator or Project Director on projects funded by federal, state, and private foundation grants.  She is currently the Principal Investigator for the local evaluation of Colorado Project LAUNCH funded by SAMHSA. Dr. Kubicek has published articles and chapters in professional journals and books and has presented at local, national and international conferences. Two recent publications in the Infant Mental Health Journal focus on the relation between behavior problems in American Indian toddlers and maternal psychosocial well‐being and the emotional quality of parent‐child relationships involving young children with special needs.

Over the past fifteen years, she has been involved in a variety of statewide efforts focused on increasing public awareness of and fostering professional development in the field of infant/early childhood mental health. She was a founding member and served as the second president of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health (CoAIMH). During her tenure, she co‐chaired CoAIMH’s first statewide conference, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in Colorado: Connecting Policy with Research and Practice. She is a member of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Infrastructure Committee, the University of Denver’s Task Force on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Colorado’s Endorsement Partnership. The Partnership was instrumental in adopting the Michigan Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive Relationship‐Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health in Colorado and now oversees its implementation. She is currently chair of the national Alliance of States Endorsement Evaluation Committee.

Dr. Kubicek is a Graduate Leadership Development Initiative Fellow of ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit organization that informs, educates, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. She recently completed her tenure as Council Chair of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows.


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