Fussy Baby Network staff members are supportive, experienced professionals with deep insights into working with infants and families.
Staff in Fussy Baby Network’s Chicago headquarters are listed below. Contact our national partners for local staff.
Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Linda is a professor at Erikson Institute and founder and executive director of its Fussy Baby Network. Linda has specialized in creating programs to support parents and their infants. She works with state agencies and national organizations such as Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families to address the needs of infants and families. On the Fussy Baby Network team, Linda directs our program and develops Fussy Baby Network programs in other states. Read Linda’s full profile
Larry Gray, M.D.
Larry is a board-certified general pediatrician with sub-specialty certification in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago. His clinical practice and research focus on the behavioral and developmental issues of infants and young children with a special emphasis on temperament and the developmental and behavioral ramifications of early stress. As the medical director for the Fussy Baby Network, he consults with the network team on infant medical conditions and infant behavior and development He also consults with families who have concerns about their infant’s behavior and development. This consultation is provided at the University of Chicago. Read Larry’s full profile
Nancy Mork, LCSW, I/IECMH-C
A social worker, Nancy is Fussy Baby Network’s associate director of direct services and clinical coordinator. She provides home visiting services to families. She has worked with families, young children, and infants for more than 20 years in a variety of settings. She is past president for the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health. Her areas of expertise include colic, sleep in the first year, and postpartum mood disorders. She also co-facilitates the Fussy Baby Blues Web-based group. Nancy holds an infant studies certificate from Erikson Institute.
Fussy Baby Network team
Maria Paz Ardito, M.A.
Maria Paz is from Santiago, Chile, where she graduated as a psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and completed her graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She has 10 years of experience working with children and their families in clinical settings, and is trained as a Fussy Baby specialist and on the Theraplay approach. At Fussy Baby Network, Maria Paz provides home visiting and warmline support to Latino families in Chicago with concerns around their infants’ feeding, sleeping or crying. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Marsha Baker, M.Ed., OTR/L, I/IECMH-C
Marsha is an occupational therapist and infant specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with infants, young children, and their families. She earned her master’s degree in child development and certification in infant mental health and infant studies from Erikson. She also is a certified infant massage instructor. She specializes in treating infants with feeding problems and sensory/regulatory disorders.
Hannah is a social worker with specialized training and experience in trauma and its impacts on young families. She holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and has experience in working with English and Spanish-speaking families in a variety of urban settings. At Fussy Baby Network, Hannah serves as a project manager for the Fussy Baby Network training for Healthy Families home visitors’ project, in addition to doing home visits with families.
Michelle Lee Murrah, M.Ed., LCPC, I/IECMH-C
Michelle is a counselor and infant mental health specialist. She holds a master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in early intervention and a certificate in infant mental health. She is also a certified infant massage instructor. Michelle is the director of a prevention initiative grant, which is a collaboration with Fussy Baby Network and Chicago Public Schools. Michelle also is a home visitor, provides training, and leads groups for parents.
Gala Pierce, M.S.
Gala has been the administrative coordinator for the Fussy Baby Network since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from North Central College and worked as a newspaper reporter for the Daily Herald
. Gala went on to receive a master’s degree in secondary education from Northwestern University in 2009. Before coming to Erikson, she served as an English teacher and literacy specialist and as a clinical research program assistant at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.