NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Staff Bios

Monica Oxford, PhD, Executive Director of NCAST Programs

Monica Oxford, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and the Executive Director of NCAST Programs. Dr. Oxford's research focuses on early parenting and child developmental outcomes for vulnerable families living in challenging environments. Dr. Oxford's interest is in how context, parenting, and child characteristics combine to inform particular patterns of child outcomes and how intervention services  promote both parent and child wellbeing. As the director of NCAST Programs she is also involved in training social service providers throughout Washington about infant mental health and how parenting behaviors and context operate to support or detract from healthy outcomes. Dr. Oxford is principal investigator of three NIH grants; the first two are aimed at examining the impact of a relationship based intervention program, Promoting First Relationships® (Kelly et al, 2008) in two populations: one for parents involved with child protective services and the second for American Indian families in a rural setting. The third grant is aimed at addressing the interaction between family, school, child, and contextual risk such as poverty and early child developmental outcomes Dr. Oxford is also co-principal investigator on three NIH funded grants testing the effectiveness of intervention programs for vulnerable populations.
 
Denise Findlay, BSN, RN, Director of Education

Denise is the Director of Education. She is an enthusiastic and responsive trainer who has  been teaching  the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Teaching and Feeding scales for over 30  years. She prepares, certifies, and mentors NCAST PCI Instructors throughout the United  States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and England. Denise, along with Dr. Monica Oxford, edited  the new Second Edition of both the NCAST PCI Feeding (2015) & Teaching (2013) Manuals.  She also assists with developing new research-based training programs and products and provides consultation and support to our Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy trainers.  Denise attended Seattle University and completed the University of Massachusetts Boston, Napa Infant Parent Mental Health fellowship program, holding a post-graduate certificate in Infant Parent Mental Health. Denise is interested in the importance of infant and toddler non-verbal cues with specific application to obesity prevention and early identification of autism. She has committed her nursing career to promoting optimal parent-child relationships, beginning during the prenatal period through three years of age. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Denise worked with vulnerable populations as a Public Health Nurse for twenty years.

In her personal time, Denise serves on the local board of NAMI Kitsap; she enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, discovering new, incredible Washington wines, traveling, and treasures every moment she can spend with family and friends. 

Kim Genova, BA, Program Assistant

 Kim graduated from the University of Washington and since then has worked on a number of projects at the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health & Development and NCAST Programs. At NCAST, Kim handles customer relations, order processing, PCI student reliability and database and workshop preparation. She also provides administrative assistance for the Mental Health Integration Program which is a program in Washington state that coordinates mental health treatment in primary care. When not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 dogs.

Vicki Long, BA, Program Operations Manager

 Vicki has worked in the education field for over 30 years, most of that time in programs promoting early childhood social-emotional development and infant  mental health. She has  worked with numerous early childhood development professionals and faculty here at the University of Washington and throughout the country while dissminating NCAST Programs. Vicki attended Washington State University and the University of Washington. She manages program operations, marketing and promotional projects, training workshops, the NCAST website/store and student/client liaison. Vicki recruits training sites and facilitates workshops in Seattle and on-site throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Great Britain. A Washington native, when not playing in her garden Vicki enjoys spending free time with with family and friends hiking, sailing, and exploring new places around the world.

Jennifer Rees, MSW, Program & Training Manager, Promoting First Relationships®

Jennifer manages Promoting First Relationships' community and distance training programs. She is responsible for curriculum and program development, assuring program fidelity, providing on-site and distance training to community agencies, facilitating reflective practice groups and managing contracts. Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of Washington with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and later went on to obtain her Master of Social Work degree. She spent the early part of her career working with children and families as a Research Coordinator for the NICHD Study of Early Childcare and Youth Development, as well as counseling teens and their families in school settings. Her projects with Promoting First Relationships have included training providers working in child welfare, family support, mental health, early intervention, and early childhood education. Jennifer cares deeply about supporting parents in a strengths-based way and helping them have a positive, connected relationship with their child.

Carol Good, MSW, Master Trainer, Promoting First Relationships®

Carol is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Snohomish County, WA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carroll College in Helena, MT. She later received a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Her clinical practice started in 1990 working in a residential treatment facility that specialized in working with children that had disrupted attachment relationships. In 1992 she moved to Western Washington and began working in the field of early childhood mental health. Since then her focus of practice has been assisting parents in better understanding their child's social and emotional needs and the interplay between trauma and attachment relationships. Carol has spent the last 10 years of her practice working in an Early Intervention (Birth to Three) agency managing counseling services to families that have a child with a developmental delay/disability. She has been providing supervision and training to practitioners in the field of infant/early childhood mental health since 2001 as well as providing workshops for parents of infants and toddlers. She joined the University of Washington as a Promoting First Relationships Master Trainer in 2014.