Faith Lamb-Parker, Ph.D.

Supervisor of Research /Principal Investigator
Bankstreet School Education


Bankstreet College of Education

Faith Lamb-Parker, PhD, focuses her research on early childhood intervention, specifically Head Start; mental health needs of vulnerable children; parent education and involvement in their children's education; community/neighborhood factors that influence children's school achievement; and innovative staff-focused mental health interventions for young children and their families. She created a research-to-practice journal for the National Head Start Association, the NHSA Dialog, and has authored numerous articles and chapters on Head Start, child outcomes, parent involvement, and advocacy strategies for very young children and their families. Since 2001, Dr. Lamb-Parker has been teaching and training internationally where she has co-developed the first ever masters-level program in child development in Bangladesh, and given training and technical assistance to a number of Early Childhood Development NGOs in South Africa. Dr. Lamb-Parker presents at national and international professional meetings on her international community-based participatory research, training, and advocacy focus on the health, mental health, and development of infants and young children and their caregivers in rural black townships in South Africa. In addition to teaching courses on child development and social policy, Dr. Lamb-Parker runs tutorials, independent studies, and seminars; as well as directs the domestic practicum program for the department. She is the scientific director of Head Start's Tenth National Research Conference, funded by DHHS/ACF/OPRE, to promote evidence-based practice and policy for young children and their families.

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Casper, V. & Lamb-Parker, F. (2008) Waiting to be three: A model of training, care, support and advocacy for infants and toddlers in rural south Africa. Early Childhood Education International. 21, 1-8.

Lamb-Parker, F., LeBuffe, P., Powell, C.G., and Halpern, E. (2008). A Strength-Based, Systemic Mental Health Approach to Support Children’s Social and Emotional Development. Infants and Young Children, 21(1), 45-55.

Hagen, J. and Lamb-Parker, F. (2007). The History of Head Start. Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development. New York: Elsevier Inc.

Shahmoon Shanok, R., Lamb-Parker, F., & Halpern, E., Grant, M., Lapidus, C., & Seagle, C. (2005). The relationships for growth project: A transformational collaboration between Head Start, mental health, and university systems . In Moran Finello, K. (Ed.), Handbook of training and practice in infant and preschool mental health. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Lamb-Parker, F., Hagen, J., Jaspen, D., Lebrun, L, Robinson, R., Tamis-LeMonda, C., & Baumwell, L. (Eds.). (2005). Promoting Positive Development in Young Children: Designing Strategies That Work. Summary of Conference Proceedings. Washington, D.C.: Administration for Children and Families (HHS).

Rauh, V.A., Lamb-Parker, F., Garfinkel, R. S., Perry, J., & Andrews, H. F. (2003) Biological, social, and community influences on the elementary school performance of Head Start children: multi-level approach. Journal of Community Psychology, 31(3) 1-24.

Lamb-Parker, F., Hagen, J., Robinson, R., & Rhee, H. (Eds.). (2003). The First Eight Years. Pathways to the Future: Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice. Summary of Conference Proceedings. Washington, D.C.: Administration for Children, Youth and Families (DHHS).

Lamb-Parker, F., Piotrkowski, S., Baker, A.J.L., Kessler-Sklar, S., Clark, B. & Peay, L. (2001) Understanding barriers to parent involvement in Head Start: a research-community partnership. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Lamb-Parker, F., Greenfield, D. B., Fantuzzo, J.W., Clark, C., & Coolahan, K.C. (2000) Shared Decision Making in Early Childhood Research: A Foundation for Successful Community-University Partnerships. NHSA Dialog, 3 (2), 234-257.

Lamb-Parker, F., Clark, B., Peay, L., Fernandez, A., Young, S., Robinson, R., & Baker, A. (1997). Parent involvement: A training manual for Head Start staff. Arlington, VA: National Head Start Association.