Dominique Charlot-Swilley, Ph.D., is the Director of Provider Wellbeing Practice and Expert Advisor/Technical Assistance of HealthySteps for Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) and Assistant Professor, Center for Child and Human Development. Dr. Charlot-Swilley’s work is co-situated at Children’s National Medical Center and the early childhood sector. During her work at Children’s, she and her colleagues developed a Provider Wellbeing Program for medical providers to help address compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma. Dr. Charlot-Swilley has transitioned her mindfulness wellness work to the early childhood workforce. She is also co-investigator of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant for early childhood which aims to increase the capacity of early childhood educators to recognize and appropriately respond to the social emotional health of young children.
Prior to joining Georgetown and Children’s, Dr. Charlot-Swilley served as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, adjunct professor at Howard University, George Washington University, and Montgomery College, Takoma Park, and was Assistant Director of a private practice in Maryland. Dr. Charlot-Swilley has over 25 years’ experience working with birth-to-five population and served as an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for the Head Start Grantee Office in the District of Columbia. Dr. Charlot-Swilley has also worked on a variety of public and private child and adolescent mental health research initiatives.
Dr. Charlot-Swilley completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at Howard University with a focus on ethnic minority mental health. Her early research work was on parent-child attachment among Caribbean mothers at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami. She has conducted training on trauma and youth violence prevention in Haiti and South Africa. She is married and the mother of three daughters, a singleton and identical twins.