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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Faculty

bassettDebby Bassett, MA, has been a Lead Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at Mt. Hood Community College for 16 years. She has provided consultation, facilitation, mediation, program planning, training, and leadership to administrators, managers, staff and parents. She has provided effective clinical interventions to countless children and families impacted by trauma and poverty. Ms. Bassett and Jennifer Cahill created a successful Reflective Supervision model to provide ongoing support and guidance to Early Head Start staff, which other managers are now replicating. Recently Ms. Bassett was selected to serve as a Junior Faculty member of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network at Duke University. CPP is a nationally recognized evidence-based early childhood trauma treatment model that incorporates child development, brain research, trauma theory, family systems, and attachment theory. As a core faculty member she will provide a year-long training for 90 clinicians, supervisors and administrators from all over the U.S. Ms. Bassett is a co-instructor for COUN 507 Professional Development I-VI.

kathy bobulaKathy A. Bobula, PhD, is currently an instructor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. She began teaching there in 1982, coordinating the Department of Early Childhood Education for 24 years. She has been teaching about child development and working with young children and parents for over 40 years. She has worked directly with infants and toddlers as well as their parents in a college Laboratory Nursery School in Ohio, and at an Early Head Start program and a parent cooperative child care center, both in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Bobula received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in family and child development from Ohio State University in 1967 and 1969, respectively. She earned a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 1996, with two field concentrations: Human Development and Policy Analysis. The title of her dissertation is: Characteristics of Administrators' Leadership Style in Quality Child Care Centers. Dr. Bobula's work experience, in addition to college teaching, includes being a teacher-caregiver in both full and part-day early childhood programs with children from birth through six years of age. She has been a teacher of young children in Head Start, Early Head Start, two campus based programs, two parent cooperatives, and a Native American tribal preschool. Dr. Bobula has also administered three programs. She began studying about brain development in the mid-1980s, and has been teaching and conducting workshops about brain development ever since. In 2007, she began a website called Developing Brains: Ideas for Parenting and Education from the New Brain Science ( Dr. Bobula is the instructor for CI 592 Dynamic Models of Infant/Toddler Development.

cahillJennifer Cahill, BS, has over 20 years experience working in Head Start programs. She planned, designed, and implemented the EHS program for Mt. Hood Community College. She currently oversees all component areas in their Early Head Start home-based program option, the Parents as Teachers program, and she assists with training and planning in the child care and student model. Ms. Cahill is also an Early Head Start Start Up Planner. She is a part-time instructor of Early Childhood Education at Mt. Hood Community College, teaching Infant and Toddler Development; Health, Safety, and Nutrition; and Family Relations. Ms. Cahill is a recent graduate of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program at Portland State University and continues to further her education in the field of Early Intervention. Ms. Cahill is a co-instructor for COUN 507 Professional Development I-VI.

Cate Drinan, MA, is the Statewide Wraparound and Systems of Care Coordinator for Oregon at The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services at Portland State University.  Cate both coordinates and provides training and workforce development in the areas of Wraparound, System of Care, and Early Childhood.  She has over ten years’ experience as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, teacher, therapist, parent educator and trainer.  She is currently one of 10 Certified Incredible Years Mentor Trainers in the United States.  Highlights of Cate’s recent areas of work include Mind in the Making trainings, facilitation of the development of a Social-Emotional Development Module for primary care doctors with the Oregon Pediatric Society, and training a group of Relief Nursery Parent Advocates about Social Marketing and Legislative Advocacy, with an emphasis on training select Parent Advocates to become trainers in their own right to promote and sustain the work.  Cate completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2000.  She will teach the SW 596 Development and Utilization of Collaborative Partnerships to Support Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families course in the Infant Toddler Mental Health Certificate Program.  

Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz, BS, is an early childhood specialist at the Early Childhood Training Center at Portland State University. She provides consultation and training to programs serving children from the prenatal period to five years of age, both regionally and nationally. Ms. Foltz has been instrumental in the initiation and development of Early Head Start programs in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. She has presented at and coordinated numerous regional and national conferences and was a co-developer of The Infant/Toddler Caregiver Program. She has provided consultation and early childhood-education professional support for 27 years. During this time, a strong focus of her work has been on assisting programs to develop effective systems that promote reflective practice. Ms. Foltz is a university practicum supervisor.

Leslie J. Munson, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University. She continues active involvement with research and the ITMH program as the faculty liaison and advisor. During her doctoral program at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Munson focused on infant development and parent-infant interaction. Dr. Munson developed the Infant-Caregiver Interaction Scale (ICIS), a tool to assess the interactive behaviors of caregivers and infants during feeding and playing in the home environment. In addition, she participated in the development of the Behavioral Health Screening Tool (BHS). She worked extensively with young children with special needs in a variety of settings, including hospitals, health departments, early intervention programs, and public schools. Her areas of interest include parent-infant interaction, families, parenting when the parent has a cognitive disability, and grief related to the death of a child. Her current research is related to developing a curriculum based upon the ICIS.

Redmond Reams, PhD, has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Washington and has also earned a postgraduate diploma in infant mental health. He is on the faculty at Pacific University and Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Reams has presented research on infant/toddler mental health at national conferences and in professional journals. He is in private practice seeing children, adults, and families and in consulting to Early Head Start programs, child care centers, and mental health agencies. Dr. Reams is a university practicum supervisor and instructor for COUN 597, Strengths, Risk Factors, and Disturbances in Infants, Todllers, and Their Families.