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Training Team

MTB-HV training is provided by a team including the model developers and senior staff members. Bios for the main MTB National Office staff members providing direct clinical training, consultation, and supervision follow below.

Lois S. Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN; MTB Co-Founder & Director of Research: Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing and the Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Sadler received her BSN from the University of Massachusetts, her MSN from Yale University School of Nursing, and her PhD from the School of Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Sadler is also a certified Family Life Educator and taught parent education classes for teen parents in the local school system for three decades. In her faculty role she teaches masters and doctoral students, and mentors post-doctoral fellows and early-mid career faculty members. Dr. Sadler’s scholarship focuses on the transition to parenthood among urban adolescent mothers and their families, adolescent pregnancy prevention, evaluation of specialized school-based support programs for adolescent parents, home visiting interventions for at-risk young families, healthy sleep promotion in young families living in complex urban households, community-engaged research methods and research ethics. She has had NIH funding for two randomized controlled trials of the MTB intervention and for her community-engaged research with sleep in young children and child care support for teen mothers attending high school. Her work with colleagues from the MTB program is currently focused on dissemination and implementation of the program with young at-risk families living in diverse urban communities in New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford, Connecticut; and eight municipalities in Denmark.

Arietta Slade, PhD; MTB Co-Founder & Director of Training: Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychology at The City University of New York, Dr. Slade is an internationally recognized attachment theorist, researcher, and infant mental health specialist. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University. Dr. Slade’s research on mother-infant attachment led to the development of The Parent Development Interview, and the elaboration of the construct of parental reflective functioning, both of which have had a significant impact in the field of infant mental health and attachment. She has presented her research and clinical work around the world and is the author of over 70 articles and book chapters. Dr. Slade is author, with Jeremy Holmes, of Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (SAGE Publications, 2018), editor, with Jeremy Holmes, of Attachment Theory (SAGE Publications, 2013); with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008); and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play: Developmental and Clinical Approaches to Meaning and Representation (Oxford University Press, 1994). One of the founders of MTB, she is currently engaged in all aspects of the program, including development, training, supervision, replication, and dissemination; she is also writing a book on MTB Reflective Parenting.

Denise Webb, MSN, APRN, PNP, IMH-E®; MTB Senior Clinician & Training Specialist: Ms. Webb received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Anthropology from Wesleyan University and worked as an early childhood educator for many years, until she completed her certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and received a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University in 2002. In 2015, she earned the CT Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement in Infant Mental Health (IMH). Ms. Webb has been actively involved in the MTB Program since its inception and maintains a part-time clinical caseload while also taking an active role on the MTB training team. She worked with the MTB team to develop an introductory training on clinical approaches for reflective parenting programs that has drawn participants from around the world. She serves as a primary presenter for this training and co-authored accompanying training materials. Ms. Webb also serves as a consultant for a similar home visitation program in Florida and is an integral part of the Yale consult team for the MTB program replication efforts now underway in New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford, Connecticut; and multiple municipalities in Denmark.

Tanika Eaves Simpson, PhD, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E®; MTB Consultant & Trainer: Dr. Eaves Simpson has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairfield University, a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University, and a PhD in Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. Having practiced as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut for 20 years, Dr. Eaves Simpson also holds the CT Association for Infant Mental Health Endorsement in Infant Mental Health (IMH) as an IMH Specialist. Her background includes clinical experience in child and family guidance clinics, early intervention programs, early childhood mental health consultation with early care and education programs, and policy work at the state level. Dr. Eaves Simpson served as an MTB Clinical Social Worker for ten years and currently serves in the role of a senior consultant and trainer for the MTB National Office at Yale, while also holding a faculty position at Fairfield University. She continues to be integrally involved in the replication of MTB New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford, Connecticut; and in multiple municipalities in Denmark.

Heather Bonitz Moore, MS, ATR-BC, LPC, IECMH- E®; MTB Consultant & Trainer: Ms. Bonitz Moore has a Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy from Long Island University and a Master of Science in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling from Springfield College. She has practiced Art Therapy and Counseling in Connecticut in outpatient settings, private practice and through home visitation in several home visiting models including Family Based Recovery, Child First, Multisystemic Therapy, and the Mind over Mood initiative focused on perinatal mood disorders. Ms. Bonitz Moore is also rostered in Child Parent Psychotherapy and is a registered Circle of Security Parenting facilitator. She has also served in a leadership role in a Federally Qualified Health Center serving as the Director of Clinical Practice where she focused on developing infant and early childhood mental health services as well as the integration of primary care and behavioral health. Ms. Bonitz Moore was part of the leadership cohort in Connecticut to bring the Competencies and Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health to the state; was one of the first to earn Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical; and most recently became Endorsed as an Early Childhood Mental Health Mentor-Clinical. She has served as the Endorsement Coordinator for the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health, provides training throughout Connecticut in Infant Mental Health and Reflective Supervision, and is involved with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health through her work on policy, research, and home-visiting committees. She recently joined the MTB National Office at Yale in a part-time capacity to provide training and consultation to MTB implementing agencies in Connecticut and Denmark.

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