For over 30 years, Dr. Jones Harden has focused on the developmental and mental health needs of young children at environmental risk, specifically children who have been maltreated, are in the foster care system, or exposed to multiple family risks such as maternal depression, parent substance use, and poverty. She is particularly interested in using this research to inform practice, with respect to preventive interventions to promote positive outcomes for children reared in high-risk circumstances, such as home visitation and Early Head Start. Dr. Jones Harden is currently conducting an implementation and impact evaluation of an intervention to reduce the toxic stress experienced by children enrolled in Early Head Start, an impact evaluation of a rural home visiting program focused on pre-literacy, and an implementation evaluation of a local Educare program.
Developmental Screening Faculty Expert
University of Maryland College Park