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Early Childhood and Family Research Lab

Lab Members

Patrique Addison Patrique Addisonis a senior Psychology major and will graduate with her BA in the fall 2013. She transferred from Berkeley City College as a junior in January 2012. Her undergraduate practicum in the Mills College Children's School last year fortified her interest in young children’s development, especially in relation to forensic psychology. Patrique's thesis research examines the relation between maternal incarceration and young children's development. Her long term goals include becoming a licensed therapist so that she can work with children who have been affected by crime or parent incarceration.

Brita Bookser Brita Bookseris an Infant Mental Health master’s degree candidate and will complete her degree in spring 2014. Brita came to Mills College with a BS in Counseling and Family Psychology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Her undergraduate interests were especially how terminally ill children conceptualize mortality. Brita's thesis research investigates "picky" eating behaviors in early childhood and how these behaviors are related to children’s contexts of caregiving. Brita’s practicum placement is as a therapeutic shadow at UCSF's Infant-Parent Program, wherein she takes a psychotherapeutic, relationship-based approach working to assist development in preschool-age children, also working with their families and their educators.

Elizabeth BurgerElizabeth Burger is a senior psychology major and in the accelerated Infant Mental Health master’s degree program, completing her master’s in 2015. Elizabeth transferred to Mills from the New School for Social Research in New York City where she worked as a research assistant in The Center for Attachment Research. In her junior year, Elizabeth worked in the lab assisting with faculty and master’s thesis projects, including helping to run lab studies and preparing and coding data for analysis. Elizabeth's thesis research examines the intersection of technology and parenting, with a particular interest in the role social media as a form of parent support. Elizabeth plans to apply her infant mental health program experience to intervention in preschool settings after completing her education at Mills.

Molly Enzminger Molly Enzminger is a graduate student in the Infant Mental Health master’s degree program and will complete her masters in spring 2014. Molly came to Mills with a BA in Psychology and French from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Her master’s thesis research examines the maternal representations of pregnant women whose babies were conceived using artificial reproductive technology. Her thesis research can be found here. Molly is an intern at Epiphany Center in San Francisco. At Epiphany Center, she provides relationship-based care to infants and children between the ages of birth and age 3, leads mother parenting groups, and supports program teachers. Molly’s future plans include working with children and their families at risk in similar non-profit organizations.

Meghan HinschMeghan Hinsch is a senior Psychology major and the President of the Association of Students at Mills College. Meghan came to Mills as a traditional undergraduate, and will continue to the accelerated Infant Mental Health master’s degree program after completion her BA in May 2014 after four years at Mills. Meghan’s thesis examines the intergenerational transmission of the quality of child-parent attachment relationships in parental intact and separated families. She plans to use her education in infant mental health in child and family advocacy in the courts.

Christine JulianChristine Julian is a graduate student in the Mills Infant Mental Health master’s degree program and will complete her degree in spring 2014. She came to Mills with a BA in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Christine’s thesis research focuses on how specific maternal factors, including current social support, are associated with caregiving helplessness in mothers of preterm infants. Her thesis research can be found here. Christine is an intern at Prental to Three, which provides mental health services to at risk families and young children in San Mateo County. At the internship she is working with infant-parent dyads in supporting the developing relationship. She will be learning about conducting assessments, as well as implementing and elvatuating treatment plans and interventions. Christine’s future plans are to work in the community with at risk parents and their children.

Shoshie KupfermanShoshie Kupferman is graduate student combining the Mills Infant Mental Health master’s degree program with the Early Childhood Special Education credential program and will complete her dual program requirements in fall 2014. She came to Mills with a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Shoshie's thesis research focuses on parent-child relationships and how they are affected by a child’s special needs diagnosis. Shoshie is an intern at the Parent Infant Program (PIP) at Children’s Hospital, Oakland, working with infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. She works planning a developmentally appropriate curriculum and participates in home-visits. Her thesis research can be found here. Shoshi’s future plans focus on working to provide services to families of young at-risk children.

Ashley NewtonAshley Newton is a graduate student in the Mills Infant Mental Health master's degree program and will complete her degree in 2014. She came to Mills with a BA in Child Development from Humboldt State University, where her passion for providing authentic, culturally accountable, relationship-based early intervention was fostered. Ashley’s interest in integrating movement and body-based experiences to her work with children grew out of studying dance and somatics. Her thesis research focuses the relationship among quality of attachment, trauma symptoms, and emotional regulation. Ashley is an intern at Center for the Vulnerable Child, through Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is conducting developmental assessments for children who are placed in foster homes. Ashley’s future plans are to continue to refine her ability to integrate body-oriented practices into the Infant Mental Health field, in hopes of supporting families in building healthy relationships.

Jenna OrnbaumJenna Ornbaun is an Infant Mental Health master’s degree candidate and will complete her degree in spring 2014. Jenna graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, in 2006. Before coming to Mills, she worked extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with children and their families. Her graduate practicum placement is working as a Mental Health Intern at Yu Ming Charter School, a Mandarin-immersion elementary in Oakland, California. Jenna’s thesis research examines the attunement and relationship dynamics between parents and non-parental caregivers. She plans to continue her education to pursue a doctoral degree in developmental psychology. Jenna’s long term goals are to create lasting change surrounding the rights and visibility of child-care providers, contribute to the academic literature on resilience of at-risk families, and to foster positive change in her community through early intervention services.

Courtney RegliCourtney Regli is a senior Psychology major and move on to the accelerated Infant Mental Health master’s degree program after completing her BA in spring 2014. Courtney currently works as a student teacher in the Mills College Children's School and has been assisting program co-director Dr. Linda Perez on developing early childhood curriculum since 2012. Through this work, Courtney has become deeply interested in early childhood development, particularly in relation to cognitive and emotional self-regulatory behaviors.

Liz WalkerLiz Walker (BA Psychology, 2013) is an Infant Mental Health master’s degree student. She came to Mills with an AA from Peralta Community College. Her thesis research examines the role of parent self-efficacy and self esteem in parenting. She plans to become a licensed psychotherapist who works with current and prospective parents to help them examine their childhood experience and current setbacks to implement change that supports successful parenting.

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Last Updated: 3/20/14