Zero to Thrive is delighted to welcome Dr. Angela Johnson to a new leadership role as the Zero to Thrive Director for Equity and Community Engagement. In this leadership role Dr. Johnson will be leading initiatives and guiding Z2T work focused on anti-racist action and addressing and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and access, both in our work with communities and within our own organization. Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Sociology at Michigan State University of Michigan, and her research has focused on topics related to the perinatal population and health equity, including qualitative work on the experiences of Black mothers and breastfeeding. In addition to her work as a Z2T Director she will continue in her current role as a Community Outreach Specialist at the Michigan Medicine Office of Multicultural Health as part of the MM Community Health Services.
The University of Michigan has been a leader in perinatal and infant and early childhood mental health for many decades. The field of infant and early childhood mental health nationally and internationally was launched by the pioneering work of Selma Fraiberg, a social worker in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry in the 1970’s. UM Department of Psychiatry has been instrumental in establishing the field of Perinatal Psychiatry to address the needs of women from preconception through pregnancy and beyond. Cutting-edge work continues today through the innovative multidisciplinary Zero to Thrive initiative, led by Drs. Kate Rosenblum and Maria Muzik.
Nicole Miller, LMSW
Research Program Manager,
Zero to Thrive
Department of Psychiatry