About the Reflective Practice Center at CEED

Reflective practice is a professional development approach that encourages individuals to pay attention to relationships as they examine behavior and their responses to behavior. In the infant and early childhood mental health field, reflective practice asks practitioners to explore how they relate to the children and families they work with, who may be facing multiple challenges and risks. Practitioners engage in reflective practice in partnership with a supervisor or consultant.

Our center serves as an intellectual home for high-quality, cutting-edge research in reflective practice. It also disseminates knowledge about reflective practice, helps professionals incorporate reflective practice principles into their work, and informs policy dealing with infant and early childhood mental health. The center is the first of its kind internationally.

Professional Development

Project staff

Christopher Watson, Director

Amy Susman-Stillman, Research Associate

Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® (III-C), Research Associate

Alyssa Meuwissen, Research Associate

Deborah Ottman, Director of Online Professional Development; Director of Online Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development Credential

Karen Anderson, Program/Project Specialist

Stefanie Lim, Researcher


Funding for the Reflective Practice Center is provided by the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation.

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