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September 17, 2020: New York Times

Navigating the Emotional Turf of Fall Family Gatherings

While warm weather has given families the opportunity to gather relatively safely in backyards, fall and winter celebrations are a trickier proposition. Dr. Charity Hoffman shares her experience.


What kids learn in their friends’ homes can be more important than what they learn in the classroom. Dr. Kate Rosenblum shares her expertise.


1 in 5 women experience postpartum depression, so programs like Moms Bloom aim to help new mothers navigate child and self care after childbirth. Stateside talks with Dr. Maria Muzik and Carrie Kolehouse to learn more.

“People don’t talk about how hard being a new mom is, only how great it is,” 

Moms in Cleveland discuss Mom Power.

Drs. Kate Fitzgerald, Kate Rosenblum, and Maria Muzik collaborate with colleagues at the University of Vermont to create an AI voice screening tool for children. 

This issue brief describes the findings from a new mathematical model that quantifies the societal costs of untreated PMADs from conception to age 5.

Dr. Maria Muzik discusses how new drug for treating Postpartum Depression could be out of reach for the most vulnerable in recent interview with NPR news.

Fraternity of Fathers is a collaborative effort that was started by the University of Michigan and Starfish Family Services. It is designed to help fathers think about and understand kids’ behavior and development. Fatherhood Coordinator Eric Donald and participant DeShawn Loggin talk about the program and its benefits.

Zero To Thrive co-director, Maria Muzik, MD, offers perspective for this piece. 

"Pairing a mood induction task and a wearable motion sensor, plus a machine warning algorithm, helped identify anxiety and depression in young kids. 'If anxiety symptoms do not get detected early in life, they might develop into a full-blown anxiety and mood disorder," said study author Maria Muzik, MD, of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in a press release. (PLOS One)' "

Zero To Thrive researchers are developing a wearable sensor that uses movement to help diagnose anxiety and depression.  Dr. Kate Rosenblum and colleagues from the University of Vermont describe how this work may help improve detection of early mental health problems in children.


October 17, 2018: University of Michigan School of Public Health News Center

"The Best Possible Parent" - Research in Focus with Alison Miller

Parenting can be hard. Dr. Alison Miller, associate professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health, and colleagues from Michigan Medicine have launched a research network to study risk and resilience in families, and empower parents.

Zero to Thrive faculty Drs. Kate Rosenblum and Alison Miller describe their advocacy and research efforts aimed at addressing the needs of young children who experience separation from their parents. 

Zero to Thrive director Dr. Kate Rosenblum authored an op-ed with her colleague Dr. Tova Walsh, noting that, “Over the past five years, in the course our research, we’ve talked to dozens of military-connected parents of young children about their experiences of family separation due to deployment. Their accounts highlight the resilience and coping abilities of service members and their families. But they also demonstrate the tremendous toll of extended separations.”

Developing the tools to combat the debilitating condition is the focus of a new camp for young children.  Describing a young child with anxiety, Dr. Kate Fitzgerald observed “Once [he] completed our camp, he was interacting with kids and talking to adults. It was a joy to see.” Co-developer Dr. Kate Rosenblum adds “Parents appreciate the opportunity to be involved and learn about how building these skills can help their kids overcome anxiety.”

2017 and earlier

Book published by Drs. Maria Muzik and Kate Rosenblum. The book addresses the physical and emotional consequences of interpersonal violence on women entering motherhood.

September 21, 2017: Michigan Health

5 Easy Ways to Parent with Purpose

To care for their children, moms and dads must also take care of themselves. Dr. Kate Rosenblum offers simple solutions to use anytime.

August 22, 2016: University of Utah | Interview

Helping a Young Child Cope After a Stressful or Traumatic Event

From separation anxiety on the first day of school to serious injuries or accidents, young children experience stress and trauma just like everyone else. What can parents do to comfort a child without spoiling or overprotecting them? Dr. Katherine Rosenblum, director of the Infant and Early Childhood Clinic at the University of Michigan, explains what steps you can take as a parent to support your child in times of emotional need.

Dr. Kate Rosenblum, developer of the Zero to Thrive Strong Military Families program comments that “Those Hallmark moments are powerful, and we’re really drawn to them,” but adds that it’s important to recognize that the worrisome effects of deployment don’t end when a tour of duty is done.  “Trauma gets a lot of attention, but it’s not just trauma — it’s also reconnecting and rebuilding relationships and struggling to redefine your role in the family after you’ve been gone for some time.”

Zero to Thrive director Dr. Kate Rosenblum provides a briefing to the 5th annual bipartisan US Congressional Baby Caucus on the current challenges of military families, especially those transitioning out of the military. 


Drs. Kate Rosenblum and Sheila Marcus discuss the Infant Mental Health Clinic at the University of Michigan, a training and destination clinic for young children and their families from across the state.