Lynne F. Katz, EDD

Research Associate Professor
Director, UM Linda Ray Intervention Center
Director FDLRS-University of Miami Multidisciplinary Educational Services Center

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Dr. Lynne Katz is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology with Secondary Appointments in Pediatrics and the School of Education and Human Development (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Miami.  She is the Director of the University's Linda Ray Intervention Center for high risk children, ages 0-3, who were born prenatally drug exposed and/or were victims of child maltreatment.  Since 1993, she has coordinated the program's comprehensive early intervention services for over 1000 infants and toddlers and their families.  She was elected to the Wall of Honor of the Miami Juvenile Court for her work, as well as being a recipient of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Leadership Award and the Regional Child Welfare Outstanding Community Partner Award for leadership in early childhood and parenting program collaborations and research with the Juvenile Court.  She is first author of Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to working effectively with young children & their families in the child welfare system.  Her research interests include: longitudinal educational outcomes of children born prenatally substance exposed, developmental impact of child maltreatment on young children, building evidence-based parenting programs for parents who have maltreated their children, implementation science, strategies to improve language development in high risk babies and toddlers and translational research to practice implementations.



1999Ed.D University of Miami
1992MSED University of Miami

Professional Experience

1991 - Faculty, University of Miami
1994 - Director, UM Linda Ray Center, UM Linda Ray Intervention Center
2010 - Secondary Appointments Dept. of Pediatrics & School of Education and Human Development (Teaching & Learning). Appointed Director, FDLRS-UM Multidisciplinary Educational Services Center,, University of Miami

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Early childhood special educationInfant mental health, Parenting with high risk populations, Substance exposed newborns, Collaborations with Juvenile Court for children 0-3 in foster care and their families

Research Projects

Current Research

My research has been influenced by Bronfenbrenner's work as well as Erickson's model of psycho-social developmental stages across the lifespan.  My work focuses on the potential negative impacts on development, school readiness and relationship-building from multiple risks factors including: parental substance abuse coupled with mental health issues, poor parenting models, lack of access to early intervention, insecure parent-child relationships and attachment issues, child maltreatment all typically resulting is school readiness failures.  It recognizes the many systems in which high risk children are embedded.  Developing evidence-based responses to counteract these risks has been my focus, as well as delivering those responses with fidelity, and linking the multiple systems in which the child and family are embedded in ways which are less burdensome to achieve optimal outcomes in the areas of safety, permanency and well-being.

The Miami Child Well-Being Court™ model (MCWBC) is an example of one of the components within the Center which has been built over the last 15 years and it is being replicated nationally.  Through our court collaborations, we have produced both an Implementation Guide and a Clinician's Guide to the model we have built.  Funded as Translating Child Parent Psychotherapy into the Juvenile Court System , our Miami site was funded by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate our pioneering problem-solving approach, putting the young child's emotional and developmental needs front and center in judicial decision-making, case planning, and permanency determination.  The model aligns with the high incidence of these children in special education and the need for early interventions.  Our model requires collaborative practice/behavioral changes on the part of all parties involved with dependency court to address the trauma of child abuse and neglect with timely evidence-based treatment and meaningful monitoring of the child's well-being. (Miami Child Well-Being Court Model, final report to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013).

Over the past decade, the model has generated a high degree of interest.  Jurisdictions across the country and internationally have reached out to me and my team for technical assistance and to access several materials we have been developed as a tool kit, to assist communities seeking to adopt our model.  These include a set of self-assessment tools for newly adopting communities to use when putting the model into place and maintaining the new practices across all the front line professionals, a handbook defining the essential elements of the model, a detailed guide for therapists taking on the augmented roles required in the model, and our book, Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community: A Guide to Working Effectively with Young Children and their Families in the Child Welfare System (Katz, Lederman & Osofsky, 2010.) This toolkit provides communities with a guide for replicating our model into the next decade.

I believe training a wide range of students is an important component of being a successful researcher, as these students will need specific competencies and skills to move into their fields of preference to work with vulnerable families.  I believe they will be better prepared by having had a hands-on community- based research experience at the Center.  By providing support to them in their areas of interest and also promoting their interactions with real families outside of laboratory research, they become more worldly and knowledgeable about vulnerable populations.  Students have been at undergraduate and graduate levels and have been majors in Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health and Social Work over the last 20+ years.  Additional work-study support and mentoring has been a crucial aspect of our Center's vision.


Ullery, M., Gonzalez, A. & Katz, L. 1-16International Journal of Disability,Development and Education, Development and Education (2016).

Katz, L., Gonzalez, S., Ullery, M. & Lang, J. 67 (4), 67-76Juvenile and Family Court Journal (2016).