Zero to Thrive is built on the premise that the period from pregnancy through early childhood is an especially sensitive time for mitigating the multi-generational effects of inequity, trauma, and adversity and promoting mental health.


Zero to Thrive is built on the premise that the period from pregnancy through early childhood is an especially sensitive time for mitigating the multi-generational effects of inequity, trauma, and adversity, as well as promoting mental health.

We believe that providing families, from the start, with cutting-edge treatment and tools needed to sustain nurturing, supportive relationships will serve as a protective buffer that allows families to thrive now and into the next generation.

Z2T will therefore harness the power of collaboration across the University of Michigan and with communities to create a portfolio of research, treatment, training, and advocacy initiatives that support well-being and resilience across two generations.

Learn more about the co-directors and management staff behind Zero to Thrive.

Zero to Thrive community collaborations and partners.

Resources to learn more about Zero to Thrive and its programs.

Strategic Aims

There are four strategic aims to our work:

Maximize cross-sector collaboration, application of research findings, and the voice of the individuals we serve to promote health across generations.

Seek to discover biopsychosocial mechanisms, novel clinical treatments, and community-based initiatives that support families thriving across generations.

Provide high-quality mental health consultation and continuing care for perinatal women, parents, and their young children experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or trauma.

Foster the development of the next generation of professionals’ talent and passion to serve perinatal women, parents, infants, and young children.

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Our Impact


Read more about the implementation of Mom Power in TN


Learn more about our state-of-the-art clinics


Meet one of the leaders of our Translational Network


Learn more about training and meet our featured fellow

Zero to Thrive influences health and resilience for pregnant women, parents, and young children through community service, clinical services, research, and training. We have built effective, multi-layered, two-generation programs, tailored for mothers, fathers, and early childhood educators, that can transform the lives of children and families living with adversity, and strengthen the long-term health and resilience of communities. Our destination perinatal and infant and early childhood clinics deliver evidence-based assessment and treatment services to parents, infants and young children. Our multidisciplinary faculty conduct ground-breaking research on the experiences of living with adversity and trauma and develop solutions that mitigate those experiences, examining the bio-psycho-social pathways for the intergenerational transmission of risk and resilience. Our faculty and staff train providers regionally, nationally, and internationally in trauma-specific, relationally-focused mental health treatment. The science behind this work is strong, and our next step is clear: spread the impact of Zero To Thrive throughout southeastern Michigan, rural Michigan, and nationally.

Our Mission

To spark robust scientific discoveries, quality training, and vibrant cross-sector initiatives that create breakthrough, real-world solutions to transform the well-being and resilience of families from conception to early childhood with impacts for generations to come.

Our Vision

From pregnancy through early childhood, all families will have the well-being necessary to achieve their full potential.

Guiding Principles


We will create long-term funding plans at the inception of community-based programs and seek a diverse funding portfolio.


From inception to application, we will infuse the voice of real people and communities in our work.


We work with multi-sector partners from many disciplines, communities, academic institutions, and diverse families.


We are working across two generations and having an impact now and into the future.