Barbara Stroud, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, trainer, and consultant with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice and training in the early childhood development and mental health arenas. She is the co-organizing founder and inaugural president of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member for the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows, and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultations are the values of reflective practice and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness. Dr. Stroud’s book, “How to Measure a Relationship”, is improving infant mental health practices around the country and is now available in Spanish. Her recent text “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” (named an Amazon Best Seller in Oct 21017) walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. All volumes are currently available on Amazon. Additionally, Dr Stroud is a contributing author to the newly revised “Infant and early childhood mental health: Core concepts and clinical practice” edited by Kristie Brandt, Bruce Perry, Steve Seligman, & Ed Tronick.
Dr. Stroud received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she has worked largely with children in urban communities with severe emotional disturbance. Dr. Stroud’s professional career path has allowed her to work across service delivery silos supporting professionals in mental health, early intervention (part c), child welfare, early care and education, family court staff, primary care, and other arenas. She is highly regarded and has been a key player in the inception and implementation of cutting-edge service delivery to children Prenatal to five and their families; her innovative approaches have won national awards. More specifically, Dr. Stroud is a former preschool director, a non-public school administrator, director of infant mental health services and agency training coordinator. In addition, she held an adjunct faculty position at California State Long Beach and is currently among the distinguished international faculty at the University of California Davis Extension Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship.
Dr. Stroud works closely with professionals across multiple disciplines. As Dr. Stroud is particularly passionate about the unique needs of children of color in the mental health and foster care systems, she has continually worked to infuse reflective practice and cultural curiosity into her trainings, consultation and service delivery. Dr. Stroud remains steadfast in her mission to ‘change the world – one relationship at a time’.
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“In both direct Clinical Supervision and Reflective Practice supervision Barbara provides clarity while embracing complexity within Early Intervention services. Her background as a Developmental Psychologist has provided wisdom and guidance while building a co-treatment model of mental health services and early childhood special education services. Embracing her Reflective Practice values beginning with safety keeps us anchored in turbulent waters.”- Cathy Pope, RN, LMFT