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Mina Blyly-Strauss is a graduate student in the U of M's College for Education and Human Development, currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership. She has graduate and undergraduate degrees relating to early childhood through K-12 general and special education, the social sciences, and the media arts. Mina has spent the past thirteen years working within public school systems, offering content instruction and special education interventions to a wide range of learners — infancy through high school.

Mina's research interests focus around policy and practice to support early childhood mental health, offering timely prevention and early intervention to minimize social emotional difficulties. She is specifically interested in ways that educational systems can support young children across their ecological contexts, reaching out to families and communities in the development of social and educational supports.