Upcoming event: Policy & Practice lecture series discusses infant mental health in the child welfare system

brendajonesharden_ppls_01132014On March 6, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will host Dr. Brenda Jones Harden for her lecture “Infant Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System” as part of its Policy & Practice lecture series. Dr. Jones Harden will discuss an infant-centered approach to child welfare service delivery with an emphasis on providing mental health interventions to this population.

Dr. Jones Harden is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development, University of Maryland College Park, with over 30 years of experience in early childhood policy, practice and research. Her research focuses on using early childhood intervention programs to prevent maladaptive outcomes. Dr. Jones Harden received her master’s degree in social work from New York University and her doctorate in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale, and is the author of numerous publications on children and families, including Infants in the Child Welfare System: A Developmental Perspective on Policy and Practice. 

The free public lecture will be from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center’s Chesapeake Room (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105). For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup here


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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