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Amy Hunter

Amy Hunter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development. Currently, she co-leads the mental health section of the Head Start National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. In this capacity Ms. Hunter develops resource materials and provides training for Head Start and child care leadership and staff on mental health of children, families and staff. She is co-author of Competencies: Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, a national set of competencies for mental health consultants. Ms. Hunter is also faculty and co-lead on the SAMSHA funded National Center of Excellence on Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation where she develops materials and guidance for state leadership on administering high quality infant/early childhood mental health consultation.

Previously, Ms. Hunter served in many positions at ZERO TO THREE including as the Director of Program Operations for the Early Head Start National Resource Center and the Project Director for the Infant Toddler Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL) project. Ms. Hunter is a primary author of the Promoting Social Emotional Competence of Infants and Toddlers, CSEFEL Training Modules, 1st and 2nd Editions.

Ms. Hunter’s passion is developing materials and sharing her expertise in early childhood mental health. Her publications, trainings, and products include the following topics: infant/early childhood mental health consultation, social emotional development of young children, trauma/toxic stress, resilience, family engagement, maternal depression, challenging behavior, infant toddler care, stress management, positive discipline and reflective supervision.

For over 20 years Amy has been providing training and technical assistance on early childhood mental health to individuals and groups around the country. Amy maintains a small private consultation practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where she lives with her husband and two boys.

Ms. Hunter can be reached at


  • University of California
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Boston University School of Social Work

Areas of Expertise

  • Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Head Start