Linda Gilkerson, PhD,
is a Professor and Director of the Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and is a Board Member of ZERO TO THREE.
Professor Gilkerson's area of specialization is early intervention and her research addresses the needs of infants and families in a range of settings including neonatal intensive care units, Early Head Start, childcare and early intervention. She also directs the Fussy Baby Network, Erikson’s first clinical initiative which provides support for families who have concerns about their baby’s crying, sleeping, feeding, or temperament.
She has made notable contributions toward improving knowledge and practice with young children with disabilities and with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), particularly in regards to implementing developmental care in NICUs. She has made pioneering contributions in promoting a focus on social-emotional developmental and reflective supervision within both the health and early intervention systems.
Gilkerson has served on the Illinois Interagency Council for Early Intervention and has chaired the Early Care and Education Committee of the Futures for Kids Initiative. A board member of Zero to Three, she also chairs their Infant Mental Health Task Force.
Areas of Expertise
Early intervention with infants and families, with special emphasis on high-risk children in hospital settings; teacher and caregivers education about the brain development; and supporting the parents of fussy babies