Our Roles & Biographies
Monica Oxford, PhD
Monica Oxford, MSW, PhD, is a Research Professor in Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing at the University of Washington and the Executive Director of the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. Her 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 caregiver and child well-being. Dr. Oxford is also involved in training social service providers throughout Washington on infant mental health, strengths based practice, and how providers can support caregiver-child dyadic interaction from an attachment based perspective.
Dr. Oxford is principal investigator of four NIH grants; the first three are aimed at examining the impact of Promoting First Relationships® (PFR: Kelly et al, 2008). PFR is a brief 10-week home visiting program that is strengths and relationship-based video feedback program. These three studies are randomized control trials in three populations: one RCT for parents involved with child protective services, one RCT for reunified birth families, and one RCT for American Indian families in a rural setting. The fourth NIH 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 RCT testing the effectiveness of PFR in three additional populations (foster care, perinatal mental health setting, and American Indian rural setting).
Jennifer Rees, MSW
For over fifteen years, Jennifer has worked as an interventionist, trainer and reflective consultant for the Promoting First Relationships program. She is now responsible for managing all aspects of the evidence-based program and serves as the main contact for program and training inquiries and contracts. Jennifer graduated 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 from the UW. 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 special projects with Promoting First Relationships have included curriculum development for PFR with 3 to 5 year olds, tribes, mothers diagnosed with depression or anxiety and their newborns, and reunified birth families. She helped develop and grow the distance training model to disseminate PFR across the country and internationally. Jennifer has overseen PFR in a variety of research studies, and has experience training a wide range of service providers across different fields, including child welfare, mental health, early intervention, early childhood education, tribes, public health, social work, and nursing. Jennifer cares deeply about supporting providers and parents in a reflective and strengths-based way to promote nurturing caregiver-child relationships.
Carol Good, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor-Clinical
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.
Kimberlee Shoecraft, LICSW, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor - Clinical
Kimberlee is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a certified chemical dependency counselor in Washington State. She completed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology at Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Eastern Washington University. Kimberlee began her work with Promoting First Relationships in 2007 by providing PFR for families involved in the WA state child welfare system. Kimberlee went on to become a trainer of PFR and other evidence-based programs after providing them directly to families for a number of years.
In addition to training PFR, she has spent the last eight years training social service professionals nationally and internationally in other evidence-based programs, as well as providing clinical supervision and consultation for social service professionals working with children and families. Kimberlee has also worked as a psychiatric social worker in the ER and she spent three years working in the Middle East and many African countries developing psychosocial programs primarily for refugee populations.
Sarah Doty, MSW, LICSW
Sarah Doty is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington State. She has worked in the health and human services field for nearly 20 years with a focus on serving Latino immigrants and underserved populations. She worked in an Even Start family literacy program while finishing her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Latin American Studies. Sarah then went on to work at a community health center. In her 12 years there, she worked in several capacities within health education and mental health including the development and implementation of various population-based strategies as well as community-based programs. She was also able to return to her passion discovered through the Even Start program for supporting families, working with mothers and children, providing mental health counseling services and delivering Promoting First Relationships.
She then became a Promoting First Relationships agency trainer and in 2015 she began working with PFR at the University of Washington. She now trains service providers in Promoting First Relationships and facilitates a reflective practice group for Spanish-speaking providers. She also has experience working in an evidence-based integrated mental health/collaborative care model in primary care including at a school-based health center for immigrant and refugee youth. In addition to her work with Promoting First Relationships, she is a clinical trainer for collaborative care and behavioral skills with the University of Washington AIMS Center.
Mikaila Culverson, MSW
Mikaila joined the Promoting First Relationships team in early 2022. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2015. She later went on to obtain a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. Mikaila spent her early career as a social worker and interventionist in child welfare. She has practiced as a Promoting First Relationships provider since 2017, and then went on to become an Agency PFR Trainer in 2020. Mikaila brings a wealth of experience working with families from a wide range of backgrounds who have been involved with the child welfare system.
Jeannie Larsen, MD
Lead Trainer, PFR-Pediatrics
Jeannie has extensive experience in pediatric primary care practice and early childhood and infant mental health. She attended medical school at the University of Washington and completed her residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1989. She recently retired from her primary care practice in Bellevue, WA after 33 years in clinical practice. She is a developer and trainer for Promoting First Relationships in Pediatrics and has trained hundreds of health care providers and team members in Promoting First Relationships in Pediatrics across the country.
Jean F. Kelly, PhD Emeritus
Jean directed research and training programs focused on young children’s social and emotional health for 25 years. Jean developed the Promoting First Relationships Program, and is currently professor emeritus in the department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. She was also the Co-Director of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development, a partnership between the School of Nursing and the Center on Human Development and Disability. Her interest in promoting the parent/caregiver-child relationship began in the late 1970’s with her dissertation work using videotaped feedback to promote the relationship between parents and their young children with developmental delays. Since that time, she conducted research and developed programs for families and infants and toddlers who are homeless, enrolled in early intervention programs for young children with special needs, and participants in Early Head Start programs. She was also involved in research and training efforts to improve the relationship quality of child care programs and grandparent-child dyads. Her research and training efforts in the years before her retirement focused on promote healthy relationships between parents, foster parents and therapeutic child care providers who care for children involved in the child welfare system. She taught in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and the Irving B. Harris Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health at the University of Washington.