Nancy Ezra, MFT, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum Development
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist; Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology, Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy
Nancy Ezra, Ph.D., is endorsed by California as an Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor. She has been assisting young children and their families for more than 25 years as an educator, clinician, supervisor and program director. Dr. Ezra is a former faculty member of California State University Northridge, the Early Childhood Center at Cedars Sinai Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she facilitated parent educational and support groups for parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She is currently on the faculty of the Reiss Davis Child Study Center in the Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Program. In addition to providing direct services and training professionals for developing and facilitating parent groups, she has developed a year-long specialty training curriculum in infant & early childhood mental health and has taught clinical staff, psychology interns, students and fellows in APA and CAPIC accredited programs for the past 10 years.
Dr. Ezra has expertise in the neurobiological impact of trauma in utero, infancy and early childhood, and integrates the research with trauma treatment interventions to overcome the detrimental effects of early traumatic experiences. She is a national trainer for Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidenced-based treatment for children ages birth through six that have experienced trauma. Dr. Ezra is an ardent advocate for universal screenings of all infants and young children to provide prevention and early intervention to overcome the cycle of poverty and violence.
As the Director of the Early Childhood Initiative at Children’s Institute, Inc., she oversees training, programs and services for children birth to five and their families. Dr. Ezra is the Project Coordinator in a longitudinal study in Los Angeles County to develop a best practice model for increasing the opportunities for infants and young children ages 0-5 in the foster care system to develop lasting positive attachment relationships and achieve optimal overall development.