Thur., Mar. 6, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.
Infant Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
Oklahoma Judicial Building Auditorium
2100 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Human Development
University of Maryland College Park
Infants are arguably the most vulnerable population in the child welfare system and display many developmental and mental health challenges. This policy forum will explore an infant-centered approach to child welfare service delivery with an emphasis on providing infant mental health interventions to this population.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Jones Harden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development, University of Maryland College Park. She has worked over thirty years in the early childhood policy, practice, and research arenas. Her research examines the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, and the risk and protective factors that influence their outcomes. A particular focus is preventing maladaptive outcomes in these populations through early childhood intervention programs, such as early care and education, home visitation services, and infant mental health interventions.
Dr. Jones Harden is the author of numerous research publications regarding vulnerable children and families, including empirical articles and review chapters on children in the child welfare system, children in early care and education programs, and prevention programs for young children and families. She is the author of the book Infants in the Child Welfare System: A developmental perspective on policy and practice, and is a co-author of the books Child Welfare and Child Well-Being and Beyond Common Sense: Child welfare, child well-being, and the evidence for policy reform. She received the doctoral degree in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale University, and a master in social work degree from New York University.