Virtual Speaker Series
Join Clayton Early Learning for our second speaker series event as we continue our discussion on the power of relationships in early childhood development. Our panelists will share what positive caregiver-child relationships look like and how we can support safe, stable, and nurturing relationships in Head Start, child care, family child care, pre-K, and all early childhood settings.
Clayton’s Dr. Geoffrey Nagle will be joined by Dr. Charles Zeanah and Dr. Angela Keyes, from Tulane University and Alison Hargarten from the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Colorado's Office of Early Childhood.
If you can’t join us live, please register to receive a recording of the webinar.
Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD, directs the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Dr. Zeanah has a longstanding interest in infant mental health, with clinical and research foci including the effects of adverse early experiences on the development of young children, attachment and its development in high-risk environments, psychopathology in early childhood, and infant-parent relationships. He is also the editor of all four editions of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health. He is the recipient of honors including the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Blanche F. Ittelson Award for Research in Child Psychiatry from the APA. Dr. Zeanah is a Distinguished Life Fellow of AACAP and the APA.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Keyes has co-directed a statewide infant and early childhood mental health consultation program for early childhood education providers throughout Louisiana. She also serves as Expert Faculty with the Center for Excellence in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Georgetown University. Dr. Keyes has a strong interest and background in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), particularly around supporting mental health professionals in recognizing how differences (e.g., race, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, spirituality) impact the consultative relationship, the care of children in centers and the development of a culturally humble approach to working with individuals with a number of intersecting identities.
Alison Hargarten oversees Colorado's state- and federally-funded ECMH Consultation Program. The ECMH Consultation Program pairs qualified mental health professionals with adults who care for children age birth to 6-year to increase their capacity to support children's social, emotional, and behavioral development using evidence-based practices. In addition to managing the program's budgets and contracts, Alison promotes high quality, standardized consultation statewide by providing training and technical assistance to consultants and overseeing the state's data system and reporting processes.
Alison earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before pursuing an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) graduate degree at the University of Colorado-Denver. Prior to joining the OEC, Alison worked as a school psychologist in the Denver metro area, supporting the social, emotional, behavioral, and educational development of children, specifically those receiving special education services or students who speak more than one language.
Geoffrey recently joined Clayton to provide executive leadership of all areas that drive external impact for early childhood including research and evaluation, workforce development and innovation, external products and services, and policy and advocacy, within Clayton’s framework that nurtures a whole child, whole family approach. Most recently Dr. Nagle served as the president and CEO of the prestigious Erikson Institute in Chicago. Previously, he was the founding director of the Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and an associate professor of psychiatry and Tulane’s School of Medicine. During his distinguished career, Dr. Nagle has established an exemplary track record of creating major systems change initiatives that have influenced both quality and equity in early childhood in Louisiana and Illinois. Dr. Nagle holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University; as well as master’s degrees in social work and public health, and a doctorate of philosophy in mental health policy research from Tulane University.
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