Barbara Stroud, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over three decades worth of culturally informed clinical practice in early childhood development and mental health. She is a founding organizer and the inaugural president (2017-2019) of the California Association for Infant Mental Health, a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows, and holds prestigious endorsements as an Infant and Family Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Facilitator Mentor. In 2018 Dr. Stroud was honored with the Bruce D. Perry Spirit of the Child Award. Embedded in all of her trainings, clinical service models, and consultations are the activities of reflective practice and sensitivity to cultural uniqueness. Dr. Stroud’s book “How to Measure a Relationship” [published 2012] is improving infant mental health practices around the globe and is now available in Spanish. Her newest text, an Amazon best seller “Intentional Living: finding the inner peace to create successful relationships” [an Amazon Best Seller] walks the reader through a deeper understanding of how their brain influences relationships. Both volumes are currently available on Amazon. Additionally, Dr. Stroud is a contributing author to the text “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. She has 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. Most recently, 2018, Dr. Stroud has been added to the University of Wisconsin’s Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Capstone Certificate Program Faculty.
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 humility into her trainings, consultation, and service delivery. Dr. Stroud remains steadfast in her mission to ‘changing the world – one relationship at a time’.
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“Dr. Stroud’s decades of experience brilliantly inform her training and writing. She is not afraid to speak the truth about the changes our systems must make in order to better serve our society’s most vulnerable children and their families.”