About MPSI


The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI) advances the development, health, and well-being of children and their families through research, education, and community engagement. MPSI honors the lived expertise of families and communities in Detroit and beyond in all its work. MPSI embraces its role in advocating for the preservation and restoration of the Freer House as a Wayne State University and Detroit historical landmark with international significance.

2023-2027 MPSI Strategic Plan
2021-2022 MPSI Biannual Report


We envision MPSI as an integrated hub that collaborates with families, children, and community partners to promote the healthy development and well-being of individuals and society.


We value collaboration and relationships. We are committed to exemplifying diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all we do. We strive to act with integrity and to honor community voices. 

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MPSI Then and Now Timeline (1916 - 2018) - Created by MPSI
MPSI Time Line (1916 - 2014) - Created by WSU, Major Gifts for WSU Pivitol Moments Capitol Campaign, 2014

The Freer House at WSU,  is home to Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute faculty and staff. We are committed to promoting the rich cultural history of both the Institute and Freer House as national treasures.