2019 NARME SUMMIT PLENARY SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Lynn Johnson ** is the Assistant Secretary at HHS's Administration for Children and Families. Before joining the Trump administration, Mrs. Johnson served as the executive director of Jefferson County Human Services in Colorado, overseeing the county's Head Start program, as well as programs on the workforce, career, and family services, child welfare, justice services and community assistance.
Prior to this position, Mrs. Johnson ran her own consilting firm, which dealt with mental health, high risk youth, developmental disabilities, child welfare and early childhood education. She was the chief of staff to Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane E. Norton in 2003, and from 1999 to 2002 was a policy advisor to Colorado Governor Bill Owens. Before joining the Owens administration, Mrs. Johnson served as a senior specialist with the U.S. Courts as a probation and parole officer. She was responsible for direct supervision of offenders convicted of sex offenses.
Mrs. Johnson has a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation from the University of Northern Colorado and a masters degree in social work from Arizona State University. She is a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center National Leadership Development Program and Harvard Executive Education for State and Local Governments. Mrs. Johnson has been happily married for 32 years and is the mother of the three adult children.
Dr. Judy Cameron is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Clinical Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. For 10 years she was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development and she is currently a member of the National Scientific Council of the Child Mind Institute.
Research areas in Dr. Cameron's lab include the interaction between genetic factors and early life experiences on shaping behavioral development, identification of factors that lead to stress sensitivity versus stress resilience, and the interactions between physical health and mental health. Her newest research initiative is Working for Kids: Building SkillsTM, which is a novel community-based program that teaches the fundamentals of brain development to those who work with children at a community level. This initiative provides a community training program and is evaluating the effect of this intervention on child development as well as health.
Working for TeensTM is a branch of Working for Kids: Building SkillsTM that teaches about the brain pathways that are developing in the teenage years through the mid-twenties, and has developed educational strategies that help teens strengthen brain pathways for problem solving, complex reasoning, planning, decision-making and inhibitory control. These programs have won several innovation awards in Pittsburgh, as well as from the National Science Foundation.