Nancy Topping-Tailby, a licensed social worker and mental health clinician, specializes in evidenced-based strategies to promote children’s healthy development and family well-being. She has over 40 years of experience in child health, behavioral health, injury prevention, family engagement, community health promotion, and continuous quality improvement in clinical and early childhood settings.

Topping-Tailby is co-principal investigator and co-project director of the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. She leads a team of experts dedicated to improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families so they can be as healthy as possible. Topping-Tailby previously directed EDC’s work in the National Center on Health and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. She also served as a faculty member specializing in maternal depression for EDC’s Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network.

Before joining EDC, Topping-Tailby was executive director of the Massachusetts Head Start Association, a Head Start program director, and a child and family therapist. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health.

Topping-Tailby holds an MSW from Smith College.