About MARI

MARI's Core Values

1. Compassionate and science-informed clinical services.
2. Excellence in clinical training. 
3. Quality of life for clients and staff.
4. Respect for diverse values and goals. 
5. Transparency and accountability in all that we do. 

MARI's Mission Statement

MARI strengthens community wellness through individualized, innovative, and results-oriented mental health and language clinical services — educating about mental health, treating clients of all ages and backgrounds, and training the next generation of practitioners.

The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) is comprised of three units that each focus on a different aspect of mental, developmental and literacy health. We offer services such as individual and group therapy, one-on-one intensive sessions, assessments, testing and evaluations, and resources like free workshops to help members of our community.

  • University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL)

    UCLL offers intensive language and literacy evaluations and intervention services for children, youth, young adults, and adults. Learn more about UCLL

  • University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)

    UCCF provides mental health services to children, couples, and families through individual and group therapies and evaluations. Learn more about UCCF

  • University Psychological Clinic

    The Psych Clinic provides mental health services for those who are 18 years and older and includes individual and group therapy. Learn more about the Psychological Clinic

MARI Annual Report

MARI 2020 Annual Report

The MARI 2020 Annual Report is a snapshot of the work MARI does and the impact we have had in the past year.

In it, you will find information about our training programs, our clients and employees, and our involvement with the community — both at the University and beyond.

Take a look at the report, available as a PDF here, and let us know if you have any questions or feedback for next year's version.

Click to Download Report (PDF)

A Word From the MARI Director

“MARI is unique not only in the depth of expertise and care we provide the U-M community, but also because of our services. We offer services for people of all ages, at all stages of life. This is a comfortable and confidential place for all faculty, students and staff—as well as their families—to seek treatment for the mental health or language and learning challenges they may be facing. That care and all of our services are also extended to the community at large. MARI’s nationally and internationally respected clinical and training programs draw people from around the globe.

“Each of our clients is treated as an individual with respect to their history and their culture. Our staff are dedicated professionals who provide scientifically informed services across the life spectrum. Throughout all of their work, they are committed to training the next generation of practitioners.”

  -Dr. Bruno Giordani, Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI)

Our Commitment to Performance Quality and Improvement

MARI is committed to providing the best service to our stakeholders.

We developed a Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) Program to ensure we do. The program objectives are to:

  • Promote excellence in all aspects of our mission: clinical service delivery, training and education, and research collaboration.
  • Ensure that processes are in place for continuous evaluation and improvement of the quality, nature, and efficiency of these activities.
  • Continue to carefully consider data in evaluating changes and improvements to processes and activities, including client outcome, staff satisfaction, effectiveness, efficiency, and budget.
  • Make data-driven decisions that also take into account our Institute’s core values and strategic priorities.
Mary A. Rackham

Our History

The Mary A. Rackham Institute was established in the late 1930s when our namesake Mary Rackham funded a $1 million dollar endowment for an institute to provide “social and rehabilitative services” to individuals from the University and surrounding communities.

The Institute's first two centers were the Speech Clinic (now the University Center for Language and Literacy) and the University Psychological Clinic, which has kept its name through time. The University Center for the Child and Family became part of the Institute in 1987.

We currently house those three centers. However, since its establishment, MARI has been home to many other centers including: the Reading and Learning Skills Center, University of Michigan Autism and Communication Center (UMACC), the Fresh Air Camp, the Sociological Research Unit, the Bureau of Psychological Services, and the Division of Gerontology.

For many years, MARI was known as the Institute for Human Adjustment. In keeping up with compassionate care, we went back to our founding roots and officially changed our name to the Mary A. Rackham Institute in 2014 to honor our founder and the legacy she ensured.