Ann Stacks

Ann Stacks

Ann Stacks

Biography

Ann M. Stacks, Ph.D. is the Dierctor of the Infant Mental Health Program at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Dr. Stacks holds a full license in marriage and family therapy and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. In collaboration with her colleagues in Social Work, Education and Nursing, Dr. Stacks developed a Dual-Title Degree in Infant Mental Health. The Dual-Title prepares clinicians who are well versed in research related to infant mental health and researchers who are well versed in the clinical field of infant mental health. The curriculum is aligned with competency standards set by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. She was awarded the Esther Dean Callard Award for outstanding services to infants, toddlers and their families and the Hiream E. Fitzgerald Emerging Scholar/Researcher award

Dr. Stacks' program of research focuses on dimensions of caregiving that support social emotional development in early childhood, especially in the context of family risk, including poverty and maltreatment. She is particularly interested in the protective role that caregiver reflective functioning and sensitivity play in supporting the development of a secure attachment and social emotional competence in young children and in understanding effective ways to promote caregiver reflective functioning and sensitivity in parents who have a history of childhood maltreatment and in early childhood teachers.

Dr. Stacks serves on community boards, including the Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health and the Michigan Kids Count Advisory Board. She works with community agencies to provide professional development to staff and to assist in program evaluation. Currently, she is evaluating the Southeastern Michigan Period of PURPLE Crying Program and the Wayne County Baby Court Program

 

Education

  •  Ph.D., Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Michigan State University
  • B.S. Psychology, Michigan State University

Office Location

71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202

Grants

 Current Research Support 

9/11-8/14 Evaluation of Southeastern Michigan Shaken Baby Syndrom Project funded by the Jewish Fund (to the Michigan Children's Trust Fund).

1/13-12/14 Wayne County Baby Court: A Systems Integration Initiative to Support Infant Mental Health funded by the Flinn Foundation

Office Phone

(313) 664-2516

Professional Service

Metro Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health, Board Member

Michigan Department of Community Health, Kids Count Data Committee

Research Focus

  • The influence of psychosocial risk on early parenting and infant development
  • Reflective functioning
  • The effect of maltreatment in infancy
  • Infant mental health interventions

Training Offered

  • An Introduction to Infant Mental Health
  • Wayne County Baby Court: Child and Family Assessments
  • Wayne County Baby Court: Introduction and Core Components
  • Well-Being of Maltreated Children in Foster care
  • Infant Inconsolable Crying: Causes, Consequences and Coping
  • A Primer on Infant Development

Honors and Awards

  •  2008 Level IV Endorsement: Distinguished Infant Mental Health Mentor, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health
  • 2012 Esther Dean Callard Award
  • 2013 Hiram Fitzgerald Emerging Scholar/Researcher Award

Courses Taught

Current Courses:

  • ELE 7025 - Infant Mental Health Theory to Practice Across Early Childhood Settings (Spring) 

Past Courses:

  • PSY 3430 - Psychology of Infant and Toddler Development
  • PSY 7430 - Infant and Toddler Developmental Assessment

Publications