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Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Certificate - Faculty

kathy bobula

Kathy A. Bobula, PhD, is a Child Development Specialist and Early Childhood Educator who has worked directly with children, parents, and teachers of young children for the past 45+ years.  Kathy’s professional experience includes having been a teacher-caregiver of children from birth through six years of age, in both full and part-day early childhood programs, and a teacher in Head Start, Early Head Start, two campus-based programs, two parent cooperatives, and a Native American tribal preschool.

In the mid-1980s, Kathy expanded her work in child development and began learning about the expanding field of neuroscience, and the influence of early experiences on the developing brain. She began teaching and conducting workshops about brain development and the implications of the particular environments into which infants enter the world and spend the first five years of their lives. She currently has a website for teachers and caregivers of young children: Self-Regulation in Young Children. After 15 years of working in the field, Kathy joined the faculty of Clark College in Vancouver, WA and taught Early Childhood Education and Psychology for 31 years.  In 2010, she began teaching in the Graduate Certificate Program in Infant/Toddler Mental Health at Portland State University: Dynamic Theories of Infant/Toddler Development.  As of June 2014, Kathy retired from Clark and is now Professor Emeritus. She continues to teach in PSU’s Infant/Toddler Mental Health program. Kathy received BS and MS 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.  Her dissertation, Characteristics of Administrators’ Leadership Style in Quality Child Care Centers, examined what worked in great early childhood programs.  In her teaching, Kathy takes this same positive approach in focusing on what can work to promote brain development and positive mental health in young children.

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.