Marva L. Lewis, Ph.D, IMHM-E®
Is a proud direct descendant of the enslaved Africans in the USA and mother of Mahalah. She earned a doctorate in sociocultural psychology and works as an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Research/Faculty by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Her grant-funded research centers on the rituals and routines of hair-combing interaction and the impact of colorism on parent/infant attachment relationships. She is a national consultant and trainer with the Zero to Three Safe Baby Court Teams on issues of implicit bias, the historical trauma of slavery, and workforce contributions to racial disparities in early childcare settings and the child welfare system.
Samantha S. Colson, MSW, MS, IMH-E®
Holds both a Master’s in Social Work and Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan University. She has also earned the NYS-AIMH Endorsement as an Infant Family Reflective Supervisor. During her professional journey, she has focused on her passion for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan. Samantha has extensive experience in crisis response, suicide prevention, traumainformed care, infant mental health, project management and planning. She is a mom of four growing young men and a cat mama. She loves traveling and taking much needed naps.
Lanh T. Durlak, LMHC, NCC, IMH-E®
Was born in Binh Dinh, Vietnam before emigrating to The States in 1991. She currently lives in Rochester, NY with her husband, their 16-month-old daughter, and are expecting their second child in February 2024. She is Endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and licensed as a Mental Health Therapist in the state of NY. She has over 12 years of experience as a home visiting therapist working with infants, young children, and their families. She interacts closely with the child welfare, medical, and behavioral health systems within Rochester, NY.
Megan M. Smith, LCAT, LPC, MT-BC, IMHM-E®
Lives in Rochester, NY with her college sweetheart and two cats and is honored to be an important adult to her three nieces. She pursued a Master’s degree in Creative Arts in Therapy and has additional training and clinical experience in relationship-based, trauma-informed, family-centered homebased services across educational, behavioral health, medical, and child welfare systems. Megan is Endorsed as an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinician. She supports workforce development and capacity building for professionals through Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and DC:0-5 training, Reflective Supervision/Consultation, and her role as an Adjunct Professor. She also maintains a private practice focused on music psychotherapy, childhood trauma, and child-parent psychotherapy.