Maite Schenker, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami

Maite D. Schenker, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Psychology Division at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schenker is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH), a former Co-Chair of the Miami Chapter and a member of Zero to Three, Inc. She is also endorsed by FAIMH as an IMH Clinical Mentor. Dr. Schenker’s current responsibilities as faculty at the University of Miami include being PI of the Family Navigator Program (navigation services for families of children with disabilities), Clinical and Training Director of the Healthy Steps Program (primary care consultation for families of children ages 0-3) and the Jump Start Program (IECMHC program at childcare centers), and Assistant Director of the APA Accredited Psychology Training Program. Prior to her current position at UM, Dr. Schenker worked at the Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. (ICFH) for 18 years, where she was Director of Early Childhood Services. Through grant writing and supervision Dr. Schenker developed specialized services for young children at ICFH, encompassing prevention as well as treatment services, and a 9-month intensive Infant Mental Health Training Program for clinicians in the Miami-Dade community. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). In addition to Infant Mental Health, social and racial equity has been an important component of her work at UM, being co-chair of the Social Equity Workgroup at the Mailman Center for Child Development and a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council. She also organizes a 12-weeks seminar series on cultural topics for psychology students, faculty and staff.