Holly Hatton-Bowers Assistant Professor Department of Child, Youth & Family Studies, Extension Specialist, Early Childhood

Holly Hatton-Bowers received her doctorate from the University of California, Davis in human development with a focus on early childhood development and early mental health. She completed the University of Massachusetts/Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program in 2007. Hatton-Bowers is an assistant professor in Child, Youth, and Family studies and an early childhood extension specialist. Hatton-Bowers’ primary areas of interest and scholarly activity include creating and implementing programs designed to enhance the quality of early childhood development and early care and education and to use strategies that cultivate resilience, compassion, and kindness among caregivers and families. Her work focuses on strategies, such as coaching, reflective functioning, interpersonal neurobiology, and interpersonal mindfulness, to improve parent and teacher capacity for sensitive, responsive and reflective caregiving; particularly in the context of stress, and on vulnerable populations of children, including families involved in the Child Welfare system. As an Extension Early Childhood Specialist she is active in translating and disseminating current research findings in the areas of caregiving and health in early childhood using an interdisciplinary approach.