Holly E. Brophy-Herb, PhD, IMH-E® IV, was selected as an Exceptional Master Leader 2015 in Early Childcare by the Exchange Leadership Initiative
Holly E. Brophy-Herb, PhD, IMH-E® IV, Professor, Michigan State University, and an Associate Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal, was selected as an “exceptional master leader in early childcare” by the Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI). ELI undertook the search for Emerging Leaders as treasure hunters, seeking to identify those who were making extraordinary contributions to early care and education. Applications were reviewed by the distinguished members of the Emerging Leaders Review Team and announced in the May/June 2015 issue of Exchange magazine.
Congratulations, Holly! You have made and will continue to make a huge difference for babies, families, and those who care for them. We are thankful for your leadership within the infant mental health community and proud of this important recognition by distinguished members of ELI.
For those who have not yet met Dr. Brophy-Herb, let us introduce you, in her own words:
Holly E. Brophy-Herb
As a child development scholar and educator, my mission is to promote the well-being of infants, toddlers, young children, and their families through the preparation of skilled early childhood professionals and through research-based generation of knowledge and best practices in early childhood. This mission reflects core values centered on: the appreciation of early childhood as an influential period in the lives of children and families; the belief that relationships are key contexts for child and family growth and development and for the professional development of early educators; and, respect for the unique strengths that each child, family, and early educator bring in their growth together. These values are reflected in my work, which is characterized by: a) the mindful and careful preparation of preservice child development students; and b) close collaborations with community-based programs (e.g. Early Head Start, University Extension, the Michigan Infant/Toddler Research Collaborative, a cross-university community of applied researchers I founded, and the Michigan and World Associations for Infant Mental Health) in training and community-based research.