Marcy Safyer, PhD, LCSW-R, IMH-E®IV-C is director of the Center for Children and Families at Erikson Institute. Trained as a developmental psychologist and clinical social worker specializing in infant and early childhood mental health, Dr. Safyer has spent her career creating education, training, and clinical programs to deliver developmentally informed, trauma-focused services for families with infants and young children who have experienced many Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
Dr. Safyer directed the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting for 12 years. The Institute is known for innovative programming, masters-level training, active community involvement, and a commitment to serving an at-risk population. Constantly seeking to improve the state of infant mental health practice, Dr. Safyer was the founding president of the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health, and she co-created the first master’s of science graduate program for Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice. The power of relationships—between children and parents, and practitioners and communities—is at the heart of Dr. Safyer’s approach to helping young children and their families reach their optimal well-being.