WednesdaySpeakers


Brita Bishop


Brita Bishop is the Section Manager, Behavioral Health Quality Assurance Section, Division of Behavioral Health, Department of Health and Social Services


Jared Parrish, PhD


Dr. Jared Parrish received his doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently the senior Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist at the Alaska Division of Public Health. He co-chairs the Alaska Statewide Violence and Injury Prevention Partnership, holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and also initiated and chairs the Alaska R Users group. His research focuses on quantifying the influence of systematic error on effect estimates, data integration, and incorporating novel methods for applied surveillance with an emphasis on improving timeliness, efficacy, and utility of data that lead to prevention.


Lyndal Yada, MEd


Lyndal Yada is Program Manager in the Fisher Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory at the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. Research in the SNAP Lab focuses on the impact of early adversity on the brain, developing targeted interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk families, and using research to impact policy and practices towards vulnerable families. Kyndal is a core member of the team that has developed Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND), a video coaching program for caregivers of high-risk children. As a Senior FIND Consultant, Kyndal partners with community organizations to launch new FIND implementations, and provides training and support to FIND consultants, coaches and video editors. She received her master’s degree in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon and has experience implementing manualized, family-based interventions for high-risk families.


Shannon Peake, PhD


Shannon Peake is a research associate with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory and the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. His research examines the combined influence of social factors and early adversity on behavior in children. These perspectives then inform the development and implementation of interventions to support parents and caregivers and to improve outcomes for children. Current research projects include randomized trials and rapid-cycle testing of the FIND (Filming Interaction to Nurture Development) video coaching program for parents and other caregivers of children in challenging contexts, including economic uncertainty, homelessness, and substance/mental health issues. Trials and ongoing program implementation are underway in Oregon (Head Start families), Washington (center- and home-based child care), New York (homeless shelters), Texas (pediatric primary care serving low-income Latinx families), and Victoria Australia (low-income community services families with or without child protective services involvement).


Elizabeth Manley, MSW


Elizabeth Manley is a Clinical Instructor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In this capacity, Ms. Manley provides technical assistance to states and communities specific to children’s behavioral health innovations with a specific focus on policy and financing of systems of care. Ms. Manley is the former Assistant Commissioner for NJ's Children's System of Care. In this capacity, Ms. Manley led transformation and implementation of system innovations including integrating individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, substance use and integration of physical health into the Children’s System of Care. She had direct oversight of the statewide child behavioral health, substance use and development/intellectual disabilities systems. This includes a wide range of community-based services and residential treatment centers. Ms. Manley was the DCF representative on the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners and the Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; the Principal Investigator on NJ's Promising Path to Success, a SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Grant with the focus on improving care for youth in need of an out of home intervention; Vice Chair of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD); and has presented at several national conferences. Prior to joining DCF Ms. Manley was the CEO of Caring Partners of Morris/Sussex, Inc., a Care Management Organization (CMO) specializing in working with youth with complex behavioral health challenges. Ms. Manley worked for Capitol County Children's Collaboration, the Mercer County CMO, as the Director of Operations, at the time of its inception in 2002. She came to that position after spending 15 years at SERV Behavioral Health, in various positions with her final position at SERV as the Director of Children's Services for SERV Behavioral Health. MS. Manley earned a B.S. degree in Health Education from William Paterson University and a M.S.W. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.


Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C)


Jacqui Van Horn, MPH, IMH-E® (IMHM-C), provides reflective supervision/consultation and specialized infant mental health training to practitioners who work with infants, young children, and their families in a wide variety of work settings. She has worked for over 35 years providing infant family services (IDEA, Part C), as well as training and consultation to families, practitioners, programs and systems in New Mexico, throughout the US, and internationally. Jacqui established the Parent-Infant Study Center in Albuquerque, NM in 2009 to create a community where high quality, relationship-based learning experiences are provided both in person and through distance technology for professionals who work with infants/young children and their families.

Jacqui’s special areas of interest and expertise are:
  • The early social and emotional development that occurs in the context of the parent-young child relationship; and
  • The development of reflective capacity in young children, parents, and practitioners who work in early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, Head Start, and mental health settings.


Mary Dallas Allen, PhD, MSW,


Mary Dallas Allen, PhD, MSW,is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is the MSW Program Coordinator and the social work core faculty member for the AK Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Her research areas of interest include rural social work education, rural social work practice, rural social workers’ response to climate change, and rural infant and early childhood mental health consultation.


Joy V. Browne, Ph.D., PCNS, IMH-E® (IV)


Joy V. Browne, Ph.D., PCNS, IMH-E® (IV), is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has faculty positions at the University of South Florida and Fielding Graduate University and the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry. She holds dual licensure as a Pediatric Psychologist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor. Dr. Browne is a member of the Zero to Three Academy of Fellows. Additionally, she was the founding President of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health, past President of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health and is on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for the Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Browne is the founder and director of WONDERbabies, which encompasses several programs including the Colorado Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), the Family Infant Relationship Support Training (FIRST) program, the BABIES and PreSTEPS program and the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute (FIFI). Her area of expertise is in neurobehavioral assessment and intervention with high-risk infants and their families, as well as systems change toward developmentally supportive and family centered care in both hospital and community settings. Dr. Browne provides training and consultation nationally and internationally.


Chris Gunderson, LPC-S, NCC


Chris Gunderson, LPC-S, NCC, is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in the Mat-Su Valley, who currently serves as the President/CEO of Denali Family Services, a community mental health agency providing care to children and families throughout Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Chris holds graduate degrees in English and counselor education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a licensed professional counselor, licensed professional counselor supervisor, and nationally certified counselor.


John Burek, PhD

(bio to come)


Geri Hernandez, MEdC


Geri Hernandez, MEdC,is a clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Program at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been effective by trauma.


Cameron Adams, LCSW

Cameron Adams is a licensed clinical social worker who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Cameron is an avid traveler, lover of books, black labs, music, and food from as many countries as she can visit. Cameron received her undergraduate degree in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, Washington. Cameron received her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Cameron has worked for Denali Family Services since 2014, serving as a clinical intern, clinician and currently serves as the Director of Case Management. Cameron is passionate about her work with young people and is dedicated to reducing and finding solutions to the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on all people. Cameron utilizes a relational approach in her work and recognizes the relationship as the foundation for change.


Christy McMurren, LCSW


Christy McMurren is a licensed clinical social worker who recently retired from Programs for Infants and Children (PIC), the infant learning program in Anchorage. At PIC, she managed a trans-disciplinary team of PT's, OT's, SLP's, SW's and Early Childhood Special Ed Teachers. Prior to her work at PIC, she provided social work services in the NICU and Maternity Center at Providence for 17 yrs. Christy completed the University of MA Infant-Parent Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program at Napa, Ca. in 2012. She has been endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist through the Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health since 2013. Christy has been part of the Neuro-Relational Framework (NRF) learning collaborative with Dr. Connie Lillas since 2014. She is a founding member of AK-AIMH and has served on its Board. She provides training in the NRF and is a Reflective Supervision consultant.


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