NJ ACE Coordinating Center Welcomes New Project Coordinator

On September 3, 2013, Kathleen Mulrooney will begin her role as the Project Coordinator of the NJ ACE Coordinating Center at Montclair State University, where she will lead the Center’s work with nine clinical research sites in New Jersey, funded by the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism in the NJ Department of Health. Through this role, Kathy will join the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health in the College of Education and Human Services at MSU.

Kathy holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and Accredited Clinical Supervisor with an extensive history of clinical, training, administrative and systems advocacy experience.  Kathy has focused on child and family mental health for many years working for both public and private nonprofit organizations in NY, NJ and Washington DC. She specializes in infant mental health, including working with children with special needs and high risk children and families, providers and policy makers. Kathy has held leadership roles in such programs and agencies as ZERO TO THREE Military Families Project, Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health and the Mental Health Association of Essex County. 

In her role with Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE, Kathy traveled the world supporting providers of military and veteran families with information around the impact of military life and veteran transitions on young children and families.  She participated in the Research & Resilience Initiative at Military Family Projects, co-authoring a research monograph and several professional articles related to the state of current research on young children in military families and the call to action for ongoing research in this area.  Kathy has also presented on children with special needs in the military and on the trend of military suicides and the subsequent impact on families with young children.

In addition to her employment positions, Kathy has served on the boards of CITE (Coalition of Infant/Toddler Educators), and the NJ Association for Infant Mental Health, and has contributed to the writing of the Infant/Toddler Credential in NJ as well as the NJ Early Learning Guidelines.  She has also been appointed to subcommittees of the NJ Council of Young Children including the Infant/Early Childhood Subcommittee.  In addition, Kathy has a strong background in NJ doing disaster and crisis response counseling (DRCC) and in training other DRCC responders.   She is a Brazelton-trained Touchpoints facilitator and previous site coordinator.  She also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University through the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Throughout her career, Kathy has focused on the development of strong working teams and collaborations utilizing a relationship-based organizational perspective.  She has consulted with personnel from many disciplines in such programs as early intervention, education, mental health, health services and child welfare and the courts.  Kathy has provided organizational psychology training to corporate groups as well.