Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium
The 2019 Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium will highlight research on effective strategies for reducing inequities in early childhood. It will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Nigh University Center.
Sessions will focus on reducing inequities in early childhood while highlighting both national and local research. From how early childhood interventions can reduce adverse childhood experiences to breaking down barriers for Hispanic families in Tulsa’s early childhood education system, our symposium has something of interest for all those invested in improved outcomes for Oklahoma children and their families.
This year’s keynote speaker will feature Brenda Jones Harden, professor, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland-College Park.
Harden has worked over thirty-five years in early childhood policy, practice and research arenas. Her research examines the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, particularly those who have maltreated or exposed to other forms of trauma.
One of her main focuses is preventing maladaptive outcomes in these populations through early childhood and parenting programs, such as early care and education, home visiting services and infant mental health interventions.
She is the author of numerous publications regarding vulnerable children and families, particularly risk and protective factors that are linked with their developmental and mental health outcomes. And Harden received a doctoral degree in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale University, and her Master in Social Work from New York University.