About MARI

MARI's Core Values

  1. Compassion: MARI is committed to evidence-based and individually-tailored treatment of the whole person.
  2. Excellence: MARI embraces lifelong learning and is invested in training and empowering the next generation of clinicians
  3. Well-being: MARI supports the quality of life of our clients, staff, and trainees and recognizes their interconnectedness.
  4. Inclusion: MARI is committed to culturally humble and accessible services, providing care with dignity and respect, and striving towards a socially just community.
  5. Integrity: MARI maintains ethical standards of care and a system of checks and balances that ensures accountability.

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

The MARI 2023 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.

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A Word From the Senior Director

Welcome and thank you for exploring the variety of services MARI has to offer. MARI’s three clinics – The Psychological Clinic, the University Center for the Child and Family, and the University Center for Language and Literacy offers compassionate and evidence-based mental health, language and literacy care, expert clinical consultations, culturally humble clinical services, and personally-tailored treatment to University of Michigan undergraduate, graduate/professional students, staff, faculty, their loved ones, and the greater community.

Our dedicated team of psychologists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, support staff, advanced level trainees, and volunteers are invested in improving the lives of the clients we serve across the lifespan. We are also invested in preparing and supporting the next generation of practitioners through our nationally and internationally respected training programs.

  -Dr. Christine S. Asidao, Senior 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.

To learn more about our history and founding, please visit our UCLL 2017 Annual Report: University Center for Language and Literacy: Celebrating 80 Years.


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