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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Kathryn Barnard Bio

Kathryn E. Barnard, R.N., Ph.D. 

Emeritus Professor of Nursing, Adjunct Emeritus Professor of Psychology; Founding Director, Center on Infant Mental Health and Development, University of Washington, Seattle.

Board Member, ZERO TO THREE; Board Member, Foundation for Early Learning; Commissioner, King County Commission on Children and Families; Member, National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds' National Working Group, Governor’s Appointee to Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, Board Member, Center for Infant Mental Health and Development, University of Washington.

Contributions to the Field
Dr. Barnard’s expertise includes infant mental health and improving support systems for families with newborns and young children. She has an international reputation as a researcher, including development of the widely-used NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training) Scales, a successful training model that includes important tools for observing and understanding parent-infant interactions. She has been an advocate for prevention in nursing, pediatrics, parenting and mental health.

Previous Research
Preparing health and human service providers to effectively screen, assess and refer women for perinatal depression.

Honors/Awards/Recognition/Books Published 
Her pioneering work to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of infants and young children has earned her numerous honors, including the Gustav O. Leinhard Award from the Institute of Medicine, and, from the American Academy of Nursing, both the Episteme Award, the highest honor in nursing, and the Living Legend Award, in 2006. Between 1969 and 1993 she also received 15 other major awards, including the Lucille Petry Leone Award for Teaching; the M. Scott Award for Contributions to Nursing Science, Education and Service; the Martha May Eliot Award for Leadership in Maternal-Child Health; and the Nurse Scientist of the Year Award.



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