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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 a doctorate student and research associate for Dr. Amy Williamson in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oklahoma State University. 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. 





Cara Bosler

Dr. Cara Bosler serves as the Lab Manager for research projects at IBEaR. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University. Much of her training and work has involved observational measurement of aspects within the parent-child relationship. Cara has experience in data management, program evaluation, and statistical methodologies, and has studied parenting and the development of children from birth to adolescents. Her broad research interest is focused on the parent-child relationships within high-risk environments. She is specifically interested in 1) programming that teaches parents and other caregivers strategies to improve their relationships with children living in these environments, and 2) the biological impact of adverse experiences and factors which lessen the effects.