Bio | Katie Volk, MA

Katie Volk is a child development specialist with a particular focus on infancy, early childhood, and families living in poverty. She has worked with hundreds of community organizations to provide training and technical assistance in the United States and Australia, particularly focused on implementing trauma-informed practices. Katie understands the multidimensional needs of vulnerable children and families, the needs of the paraprofessionals who serve them, and the systems and contexts in which they live and work. Katie is the C4 Innovations site director for the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC) and a Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIHCD) grant, through which she and her colleagues developed an ecological, neurodevelopmental, psychometrically validated assessment tool for use with children in low-resource settings. She spent seven years working with The National Center on Family Homelessness. She has a joint Master of Arts from Tufts University in Child Development and Urban Policy and an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.  She has served as adjunct faculty at Boston College and Lesley University. Katie is currently pursuing her doctorate in early education and care at the University of Massachusetts Boston.