In 2019, with generous funding from The Greater Rochester Health Foundation and as part of their Healthy Futures Strategy, SPCC founded the Mary Ellen Institute, named in honor of the young child at the heart of SPCC’s formation who needed to establish relationships with caring and skilled professionals in order for her to heal and thrive. The Institute’s mission is to increase access to evidence-informed Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) training, support, consultation, and supervision. 

Our passion lies in advancing access to quality, relationally driven, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate services across infant and young child disciplines in Monroe County, in turn improving holistic developmental outcomes for infants and young children throughout their lifespan.

We invite you to explore our offering below.


Beth Russell, LMSW

Infant Family Specialist
Training and Consultant

Samantha Colson, MSW, MS, IMH-E®

Infant Family Specialist
Trainer and Consultant

Sarah Fitzgibbons, LMHC, MT-BC, IMH-E®

Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical
Trainer and Consultant

Kenya Malcolm, PhD, IECMH-E®

Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical Early Childhood Family Specialist
Trainer and Consultant