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.
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 Medical Center. 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 each family and as required sees families and infants in our Fussy Baby Clinic at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. This clinic helps parents concerned about medical conditions and helps them understand their baby’s behavior, development, and temperament.
Karen Benson, M.Ed.
Karen, a senior infant mental health specialist with a master’s degree in child development, has worked with parents and infants for 30 years. She has been a child therapist, coordinator of parent group services, and coordinator of consultation and training at two Chicago area social service agencies. At the Fussy Baby Network, she leads parent/infant groups and consults to community organizations and the Fussy Baby Network training program.
Nancy Mork, L.C.S.W.
Nancy is a social worker and senior infant mental health specialist who holds an infant studies certificate from Erikson Institute. At Fussy Baby Network, she is the clinical coordinator and 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 the president-elect for the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health. Her areas of expertise include colic, sleep in the first year, and postpartum mood
Marsha Baker, OTR/L, M.Ed.
Marsha is an occupational therapist and infant specialist with more than 20 years 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 has specialized in treating infants with feeding problems and sensory/regulatory disorders. Marsha heads up the Fussy Baby Network Outreach program, meeting with local providers to share information about the program. She also consults with community programs and is part of the Fussy Baby Network home visiting team, working with families around sensory, motor, and feeding concerns.
Michelle Lee, M.Ed.
Michelle is an 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. Michelle was a kindergarten teacher for five years, and has been involved in community programs to support teenage mothers. She has been with the Fussy Baby Network for eight years as a member of the home visiting team and most recently as the director of a prevention initiative grant, which is a collaboration between the Fussy Baby Network and Chicago Public Schools.
Sinane Goulet, L.C.S.W.
Sinane is a licensed clinical social worker who received her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago. For more than 12 years, she has worked with infants, young children, and families, focusing on both typical and atypical development. She provided direct clinical services to families at a pediatric developmental center and has also worked as a consultant within the early intervention system. As a bilingual, bi-cultural therapist, she has worked extensively with Latino families and communities in Chicago. She coordinates Fussy Baby’s Latino family services initiative, participating in community outreach, parent groups, and individual home visiting.
Catalina Ariza, M.Ed.
Catalina, a program consultant and Healthy Steps liaison, holds a master’s degree in early childhood development from Erikson and Loyola University Chicago, as well as a certificate in infant mental health from Erikson. She has been director of early intervention and prevention programs at an area social service agency and is currently the Healthy Steps specialist for Advocate Family Practice and Residency Training Program at Ravenswood. Catalina is committed to working with families to foster babies’ healthy growth and development.
Jennifer Hofherr, OTR/L, C/NDT
Jennifer is an occupational therapist and certified trainer
in the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), a training program for professionals who work in newborn intensive care units. At Fussy Baby Network, Jennifer is the dissemination specialist, helping new sites around the country
implement the Fussy Baby Network program. She is also a Fussy Baby Network trainer and provides home visiting services to families. Jennifer has more than 25 years experience working with families and infants. She brings her specialized knowledge about premature infant behavior and family-centered care to both the home visiting program and to the development of Fussy Baby Network training and dissemination programs.
Tracy Moran, Ph.D.
Tracy is an assistant professor within the Infant Studies department at Erikson Institute and teaches courses in parent-child relationships. Her research interests include parenting self-efficacy, postpartum mood and anxiety difficulties, and effective means of treatment provision for parent-child relationship issues within diverse cultural contexts. She consults with the Fussy Baby Network team regarding adjustment to parenthood and postpartum mood issues.
Dhara Thakar, Ph.D.
Dhara is the project director for a federally supported
project to develop and implement training in the Fussy Baby Network approach for staff in Healthy Families Illinois programs. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Erikson Institute and teaches human development to first-year master’s students. Dhara received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in child, adolescent, and family therapy from the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco under Alicia Lieberman, Ph.D., and Patricia Van Horn, Ph.D., and is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an intervention for children under age six and their parents who have experienced interpersonal trauma.