Deputy Director; Clinical Assistant Professor
Marlene Matarese, Ph.D. has 15 years of experience working in child- and family-serving systems, at individual, county, state, and national levels. For the past 10 years, Dr. Matarese has been providing training and technical assistance on Wraparound, SOC, workforce development, implementation science, LGBTQI-2S topics, youth involvement and positive youth development. The focus of Dr. Matarese’s work has been improving access to and the quality of home- and community-based care for children with serious behavioral health needs. Since 2006, Dr. Matarese has been with the University of Maryland, where her role evolved from a statewide trainer in Wraparound to directing The Institute’s training and technical assistance (TA) center. Similarly, TA center has grown over the past six year to providing intensive, training, coaching and TA to states across the country. Dr. Matarese manages trainers with expertise in various content areas as well as an events team. She has led the development of both small and large conferences as well as the design and implementation of an extensive IT platform that include distance learning technologies. Dr. Matarese serves as the principal investigator on multiple national contracts to provide large-scale Wraparound implementation through intensive training and coaching. Dr. Matarese has led the design of nationally recognized Wraparound practitioner certification curricula. Her prior professional experiences include providing technical assistance nationally on youth involvement and in partnership with a group of young people, organized and developed Youth MOVE National. She continues to champion the meaningful inclusion of youth in all levels of system design. Dr. Matarese also brings years of experience working directly with youth and their families as a care coordinator, clinician, personal counselor and aide for youth with behavioral health needs.