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Jillian Bailey graduated with her Masters in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University. She created and implemented the first Self-compassion 

and Mindfulness intervention program for preschool-aged children. She taught the program at a high-risk Head Start preschool and received positive results. She is now serving as a research assistant for Dr. Amy Williamson in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oklahoma State University with plans to begin as a doctorate student next fall. Mrs. Bailey plans to continue her mindfulness research at Oklahoma State and continue working toward implementing intervention strategies for young children with the purpose of increasing emotion regulation and social well-being.



Paula Brown, recently admitted to the PhD program in Human Development and Family Sciences has 32 years of experience in the world of young children and families. She currently continues her role as the Disabilities Services Manager for United Community Action Head Start.

She earned her BS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1985 and her Masters in Special Education from Ashford University in 2013. She has been a Governor’s appointee to Oklahoma’s Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention (ICC) since 1998 and currently serves as the chair of the Infant Mental Health Committee for the ICC.