Maria Kroupina

Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Faculty, Adoption Medicine Clinic


The overarching goal of Dr. Kroupina's combined research-clinical program is to design a research-based clinic for young children with a history of early adversity and toxic stress, including those with histories of institutional care, multiple foster placements and early emotional trauma. The Birth to Three Clinic and Early Childhood Mental Health Program focuses on early identification of high-risk children in order to prevent long-term negative mental health and neurodevelopmental outcomes by providing early intervention. It is led by Dr. Kroupina and funded by the Masonic gift fund.

Research Summary

Currently funded research includes several NIH-funded studies: one on the effect of acute vs. delayed iron therapy in severe malaria on anemia, iron status, and neurobehavioral development in Ugandan children (PI: Chandy John, M.D.) and an investigation of red blood cell iron incorporation in severe malaria.
The impact of early advisory on child's neurodevelopment and mental health.

Clinical Summary

Mental Health; Early Mental Health


PhD, University of Minnesota - Institute of Child Development
MA in Clinical Psychology, Moscow University, Moscow, Russia

Honors and Recognition

Innovator, Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023)



Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
2025 E. River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414