Translational Network and Research

The Zero to Thrive initiative brings together faculty across multiple disciplines to find real-world solutions to the problems families face from pre-conception through early childhood (0-6). Zero to Thrive brings together providers, academics, policy makers, and, importantly, families, to establish a shared agenda and common metrics. 

This type of innovative, multi-layered research, is only possible with active collaborations with communities and multidisciplinary faculty, drawing on the strengths of a leading university with state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise. It is within this work with communities and across disciplines that dynamic and real solutions to lingering social problems can be found.

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It is our goal to work with communities across public-private spheres to significantly impact the health and well-being of families with young children (0 – 6) right from the very start.

Z2T Translational Network and Research Leadership

Maria Muzik,


Co-Director, Zero to Thrive


  • Perinatal Psychiatry: Depression and Anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Prevention and Therapy of Mother-Infant relationship and attachment disturbances
  • Impact of maternal/family psychiatric illness on early child development
  • Trauma, Stress & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during childbearing years
  • Neurobiology of Stress, Depression and PTSD
  • Parent-Infant Relationships in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Disorders; Infant Attachment Disorders
  • Precursors of early infant stress and emotion regulation

Katherine Rosenblum,


Co-Director, Zero to Thrive


  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Dyadic and relationship-focused psychotherapy
  • Trauma and loss in infancy and early childhood, including a focus on child welfare
  • Special populations including military families with young children
  • Parent mental health and intergenerational transmission of risk
  • Parenting interventions in early childhoodInfant and early childhood mental health
  • Parental representations and meaning-making systems

Alison Miller,


Steering Committee Chair, Translational Network,

Zero to Thrive


  •  Risk and resilience in children and families
  • Infant and early childhood mental health
  • Child bio-behavioral regulation, family functioning, and social context
  • Basic developmental processes, including self-regulation of emotions, sleep, eating behavior, and neuroendocrine stress responses in young children
  • Children and families who are at risk for unhealthy outcomes for various reasons, including living with maternal incarceration; in poverty conditions; or in high-violence neighborhoods


Kara Zivin, PhD

Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Translational Network: What's Happening

Translational Network Spring 2021 Meeting

On May 5th, the Zero to Thrive Translational Network sponsored a Rapid Response Talk and

panel discussion, “Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Community Engagement in Research and Why It Matters”. This Rapid Response Talk convened panel of community and advocacy leaders and featured community-based efforts to address race/ethnicity related inequities affecting young children and families in Michigan.

Focus on Health Equity: Mom Power Focus Groups

The goal is to strengthen the positive impact and support that Mom Power programs provide diverse populations of mothers and children it serves by soliciting and incorporating ideologically and socially diverse insight and feedback from key stakeholders (mothers and providers who serve them) on the content and potential social, cultural, as well as mental health impact of the Mom Power program on these same audiences.

Z2T Relevant Courses at UM

For those seeking coursework in this area, a file put together by MPH student, Rachel Varisco, lists Zero to Thrive relevant courses across a broad range of University of Michigan departments:

If you're interested in more information or joining the Z2T Translational Network, please contact the Zero to Thrive team: