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CYFC Scholar in Residence

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Our 2018 Extension CYFC Scholar in Residence is Katherine Lingras, PhD LP. Dr. Lingras is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. During her time in residence, she will bring to this role her clinical and research expertise about social-emotional development of young children and building the capacities of the adults who care for them.

The Program

The Scholar in Residence Program is a year-long partnership between the Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium and a University faculty member. The program prioritizes scholars and research topics with relevance to children, youth and families, research approaches that align with CYFC’s ecological, multidisciplinary and community engaged priorities, and potential for the work to include students and faculty members. It fully engages academic scholars with CYFC staff members and the proven programs they have created and executed for many years, including Lessons from the Field and the Children’s Mental Health eReview.

Katie LingrasThe Scholar

Dr. Lingras specializes in early childhood mental health. She directs the Psychiatry Department's Early Childhood Clinic, which provides outpatient assessment and parent-child treatment for young children experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Dr. Lingras also works within the community providing mental health consultation and professional development training in early care and education settings and Pediatric and Family Medicine primary care clinics.

Dr. Lingras has lead Incredible Years child, parent, and teacher groups, and provided mental health consultation for HeadStart/preschool programs and school districts around the country and is also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based dyadic (caregiver-child) treatment model for young children who have experienced trauma. Dr. Lingras has worked as a Psychologist at the New York Center for Child Development and held academic appointments at Columbia University Medical College, Weill Cornell Medical College, and hospital appointments with the Family Health Center of Harlem and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The Projects

CYFC staff and Dr. Lingras are bringing together a team of people from the University and our community partners to carry out this year’s activities. Some of the highlights:

This work is designed to create a more well-prepared and culturally-sensitive workforce to respond to the mental health needs of young children and their families.

The Research

The following are featured articles by Dr. Lingras.

Social-Emotional Development, Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Barnes, A., Lingras, K. A., Gower, A. & Sajady, M. (n.d.) Homeless youth, ACEs, and health. In preparation.

Gower, A., Lingras, K. A., Mathieson, L. M., Kawabata, Y., & Crick, N. R. (2014). The role of preschool relational and physical aggression in the transition to kindergarten: Links with social-psychological adjustment. Early Education and Development

Lingras, K. A., Crick, N. R., & Masten, A. S. (2012, July). The role of social cognition in proactive and reactive relational aggression. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Biennial Meeting, Edmonton, Canada.

Lingras, K. A., Lafavor, T. L. & Masten, A. S. (2010, July). The role of peer relationships in the school success of young homeless and highly mobile children. Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Biennial Meeting, Lusaka, Zambia.

Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Work

Barnes, A., Lingras, K. A., et al. (n.d.) Identifying adverse childhood experiences in pediatric primary care: A narrative review. In preparation. .

Silver, R. B., Newland, R. P., Hartz, K., Jandasek, B., Godoy, L., Lingras, K. A., et al. (2017). Integrating early childhood screening into pediatrics: A longitudinal qualitative study of barriers and facilitators. Clinical practice in pediatric psychology, 5 (4), 426-440.

Lingras, K. A., Pethe, K., & Blanck, E. (2018, July). A model for social-emotional screening and mental health consultation within pediatric primary care. Accepted for presentation at the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Biennial Meeting. Gold Coast, Australia.

Lingras, K. A. & McKay, J. (2018, April). Zero to five: Considering the young child in integrated primary care initiatives. Accepted for presentation at Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Sawyer-Cohen, J., Rodriguez, A., Lingras, K. A., Green, C., & Hampton, E. (2015, December). Developing a collaborative approach to integrated and trauma-informed primary care. Presentation at New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health — Staff Development Training Forum, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Family and Center-Based Childcare Work

Lingras, K. A. & Blanck, E. B. (2016, June). Evaluation of mental health consultation and the incredible years: Incredible beginnings teacher training program. Staten Island Mental Health Society Final Report. New York, NY.

Lingras, K. A., Rodriguez, A., & Blanck, E. (2017, December). An innovative professional development model for family childcare providers in New York City. Presented at National Zero to Three meeting, San Diego, CA.

Advocacy and Attention to Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Lingras, K. A., & Vrieze, D. (n.d.) Creating a diversity and inclusion committee within an academic psychiatry department. In preparation.

Former CYFC Scholar in Residence

Jenifer McGuire

During 2016-17, Jenifer K. McGuire, Ph.D served as the CYFC Scholar in Residence. Dr. McGuire is an associate professor in the department of family social science at the University of Minnesota. She is an internationally known expert for her work in transgender youth research. Her research spans three unique domains, including clinic based research with children and adolescents, school-based research with middle and high school aged youth, and family-based research with adolescents and young adults.

Over year of her residence, Dr. McGuire shared her expertise on research and community work in the trans community with community practitioners and educators through day-long workshops in communities throughout Minnesota, conference presentations, research reports, and on-going technical assistance to providers and families. Extension staff joined her to provide education on mental health promotion and food insecurity within this population. Dr. McGuire also brought in a visiting practitioner from Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) to join us for presentations and publications. Learn more and find resources in the Extension CYFC Transgender Toolkit.

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