Save The Date! February 26, 2016
Building a Network of Care to Promote
the Well-being of Families and Children
Register by February 1st, 2016
Featured Speaker: Brenda Jones Harden
Brenda Jones Harden. Ph.D.
Institute for Child Study Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
University of Maryland College Park
Brenda Jones Harden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland College Park. She has worked for over thirty-five years in the 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 been maltreated or exposed to other forms of trauma. A particular focus 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
Dr. Jones Harden is the author of numerous publications regarding vulnerable children and families, particularly addressing risk and protective factors that are linked with their developmental outcomes. She also has examined the role of early care and education
programs in promoting better outcomes for children reared in poverty and other high-risk contexts. Additionally, she is the sole
author of the book Infants in the child welfare system: A developmental perspective on policy and practice, and has co-authored
multiple empirical articles and chapters on the development and mental health of young maltreated children and the evaluation of
parenting interventions for families in which there are children exposed to early adversity.
As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Jones Harden conducts training and consultation with early childhood and parenting programs to
improve the quality of services provided to young children and families experiencing trauma and other forms of environmental risk. She received a doctoral degree in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale University, and a Master in Social Work degree from New York University.