Dr. Young-Walker, M.D. and Vicki Davolt, LMSW join the podcast today to discuss the Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support program, a county wide initiative that assists early learning centers in establishing and maintaining effective learning environments. Dr. Young-Walker has recently published a study based on the discoveries she has made through this initiative concerning teacher support and burnout, namely, that supportive training has a positive effect on teachers of young children. The study, "Supporting Professional Development Needs for Early Childhood Teachers: An Exploratory Analysis of Teacher Perceptions of Stress and Challenging Behavior" was recently published in the International Journal on Disability and Human Development.
Dr. Laine Young-Walker, M.D. is associate Dean for Student Programs, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was the principal investigator for 4 projects funded by the Boone County Children's Services Board:
1) MU Bridge--School Based Psychiatry--funded since 2015
2) EC-PBS (Early Childhood-Positive Behavior Supports)--funded through LAUNCH (2010-2015) and Boone County Children's Service board from 2015 to present.
3) SOAR (System Offering Actions for Resilience) in Early Childhood--funded since 2016
4) BC-EBB (Boone County Early Child Coalition)--recently awarded to begin in Spring 2017
Vicki Davolt, LMSW, is the EC-PBS Coordinator.
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