On February 13, 2014, the Simms/Mann Think Tank once again brought together cutting-edge early childhood learning and brain science researchers, community college faculty, and thought-leaders in Santa Barbara. The cohort sought to explore, understand, and disseminate the latest thinking in the areas of infant/toddler development, early childhood education, and training for those working with children ages 0-3. Professional guests from the community included pediatricians, researchers, psychiatrists, foundations, and community college officials.

Desired Impact

Think Tank 2014 featured keynote speakers Dr. Ruth Feldman (currently at Reichman University, then at Bar-Ilan University) and Dr. Kyle Pruett from Yale University Child Study Center.

The 2014 Think Tank continued to showcase the vital role that California’s community colleges play in training our state’s early care and education workforce. The 2013-2014 cohort of Faculty Fellows presented their fellowship projects, on topics ranging from empathy to temperament. In addition, 6 new faculty members were awarded the Faculty Fellowship as part of the 2014-2015 cohort, to spend the year designing and implementing projects to translate and disseminate research presented at the Think Tank.

2014 Think Tank Speakers

Ruth Feldman, PhD

Simms/Mann Professor of Developmental Social Neuroscience, Reichman University

Topic: Dr. Feldman’s Research on Early Attachment and Emotional Development – Drawing the Correlation Between High Emotional Intelligence and Stronger Parental Attachment

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Kyle Pruett, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, at the Child Study Center and the School of Nursing, Yale University, School of Medicine

Topic: Dr. Pruett’s Research on Early Psychosocial Development in Respect to Fatherhood and Paternal Influence

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