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Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor, Bethel University

Jolene Pearson, Ph.D., IMH-E® (IV), is Associate Professor and Director, Early Childhood Teacher Education at Bethel University.

Dr. Pearson is an associate professor at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, where she teaches courses in early education and development. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston, MA, and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in the Family, Youth and Community program. Dr. Pearson’s research focuses on what students in BA/BS early childhood licensure programs learn about infants, toddlers, and parents.

She has been an adjunct faculty member and instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Education and Development, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Cloud State University, teaching courses in parent education, infant mental health, and early childhood special education.

Dr. Pearson is a certified Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale examiner and is licensed in the fields of parent education, early childhood education, and early childhood special education. She is endorsed as an infant health mentor by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and is a member of the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.