Invited Speakers

Barbara Stroud, PhD
Honoring cultural difference in the mental health, child welfare and foster care systems

Barbara Stroud is a licensed psychologist with over three decades experience in culturally-informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows and holds prestigious endorsements such as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. Dr Stroud is among the distinguished faculty of the UC Davis Extension, Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship. She has worked across infant and early childhood systems to infuse reflective and culturally mindful services. She is particularly passionate about the unique needs of children of color in the mental health and foster care systems. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultations are the practices of reflective facilitation and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness.

Ron Prinz, PhD
The public health challenge of substance misuse: How does parenting support fit?

Ron Prinz is a Carolina Distinguished Professor in Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Research Center at the University of South Carolina. He directs the USC Research Consortium on Children and Families, co-directs the USC Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program, and holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the mental health and well-being of children and families, blended prevention strategies, family and community interventions with an emphasis on young children, and studies to address adverse challenges such as child maltreatment, parental substance abuse, and parenting issues. He currently leads projects funded by NIMH and NIDA, and collaborates on initiatives in Canada and the U.S. He is co-editor-in-chief (with Tom Ollendick) of Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.

William Aldridge, PhD
Local capacity for Triple P scale-up and sustainability: Collaborative applications of implementation science over the next decade

Will Aldridge is an Advanced Implementation Specialist at FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also Implementation Science Strategist at Penn State University’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and on the Board of Directors of the National Prevention Science Coalition. Will’s work includes intensive technical assistance and evaluation research on the active implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention and wellbeing strategies in community settings and state, regional, and national service systems. He is currently Principal Investigator on the North Carolina Implementation Capacity for Triple P project and provides implementation support for the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model. Will previously worked with the National Implementation Research Network at FPG and the University of South Carolina’s Parenting & Family Research Center, where he continues to associate as a Collaborating Scientist. Will received his PhD in clinical psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009.