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The Institute for Building Early Relationships hosts monthly brown bag seminars that are free and open to the public on topics of interest related to infant and early childhood mental health and development.

Brown bag seminars are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month from 12-1pm.

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Upcoming Seminars:

Date Name Organization Talk Title Registration Link
May 6, 2020 Brandi Watts The Saville Center Child Advocacy  Register

Past Seminars:

Date Name Organization Talk Title
April 1, 2020

Lucia Ciciolla, Ph.D.

Ruth Slocum, LCSW
Oklahoma State University Reflective Practice
March 4, 2020 Paula Brown, MAEd. Oklahoma State University  The Growing Brain
February 5, 2020 Melissa Griffin, M.S. Oklahoma State Department of Health   Infant Mental Health Consultation
December 4, 2019 Lana Beasley, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University  Supporting and Engaging Families Living in Poverty: Understanding the Complex Barriers Families Face and Working Towards Trauma Informed Responses 
November 6, 2019  Amy W. Payton, Ph.D.  Oklahoma State University  Biting and Toddler Social Emotional Development
October 2, 2019  Sherry Howry  UCAP Head Start  Conscious Discipline
September 4, 2019  

Amanda S. Morris, Ph.D.

Laura Hubbs-Tait, Ph.D.

Jens Jespersen, M.S.
Oklahoma State University  Active Parenting: The First Five Years 
April 3, 2019 Tessa Chesher Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Sleep and Feeding Problems in Infants and Young Children
February 6, 2019 Gretchen Cole-Lade Oklahoma State University  Using Assistive Technologies as Environmental Supports to Enhance Communication Skills for Young Children
October 3, 2018 Amy Huffer University of Delaware Attachment and BioBehavioral Catch-Up
December 5, 2018 Jennifer Hays-Grudo Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences ACEs and IMH: Using Infant Mental Health as a framework for addressing early life adversity
September 6, 2017 Paula Brown United Community Action Head Start Benefits of Early Head Start
October 4, 2017 Amanda Howell Infant Crisis Services The Impact of Poverty on Babies
November 1, 2017 Amy Chlouber Sunbeam Family Services The Impact of Trauma on Babies
December 6, 2017 Crystal Brill Domestic Violence Intervention Services The Impact of Domestic Violence on Babies
May, 2017 Stacey Leakey Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health Becoming Infant Mental Health Endorsed
March, 2017 Lucia Ciciolla Oklahoma State University, Department of Psychology Setting the Stage: The Implications of Mothers' Prenatal Mental Health
February, 2017 Laura Shellhammer and Sherre Davidson Healthy Steps, Stillwater Healthy Steps
December, 2016 Sherri Castle University of Oklahoma Beyond Classroom Quality: Examining Children’s individual experiences in early education settings
November, 2016 Lana Beasley Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science Home Visiting
October, 2016 Chan Hellman University of Oklahoma Hope as a psychological strength
September, 2016 Jennifer Hays-Grudo Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science New findings on the effects of early life adversity on children’s health and development
April, 2016 Anna Holt University of California Tulsa Public Schools Preschool Data
February, 2016 Jennifer Byrd-Craven Oklahoma State University, Department of Psychology Predictors of Mother-Infant Adrenocortical Attunement: Potential Benefits of Synchrony
January, 2016 Cara Bosler and Ruth Slocum Oklahoma State University, CAD-Lab Super Parents
November, 2015 Amy Williamson Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science Caring for Caregivers: Discussing the Data on the Well-Being of Early Care and Education Providers
October, 2015 Barbara Sorrels Independent Consultant Trauma Informed Early Care and Education
September, 2015 Amy Emerson Tulsa-based Pediatrician Reach Out and Read
May, 2015 Debbie Laurin University of Oklahoma Pickler Institute
April, 2015 Mary Dozier University of Delaware Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-up Model
February, 2015 Ginger Welch Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science Trauma & Young Children
January, 2015 Stacey Leakey The Parent Child Center of Tulsa Safe Baby Court Team
November, 2014 Amy Treat and Ruth Slocum Oklahoma State University, CAD Lab Executive Function in Young Children
September, 2014 Amy Huffer Oklahoma State University The Importance of Play