Denise is the Director of Education. She is an enthusiastic and responsive trainer who has been teaching the NCAST Parent-Child Interaction Teaching and Feeding scales for over 30 years. She prepares, certifies, and mentors NCAST PCI Instructors throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and England. Denise, along with Dr. Monica Oxford, edited the new Second Edition of both the NCAST PCI Feeding (2015) & Teaching (2013) Manuals. She also assists with developing new research-based training programs and products and provides consultation and support to our Promoting Maternal Mental Health During Pregnancy trainers. Denise attended Seattle University and completed the University of Massachusetts Boston, Napa Infant Parent Mental Health fellowship program, holding a post-graduate certificate in Infant Parent Mental Health. Denise is interested in the importance of infant and toddler non-verbal cues with specific application to obesity prevention and early identification of autism. She has committed her nursing career to promoting optimal parent-child relationships, beginning during the prenatal period through three years of age. Prior to coming to the University of Washington, Denise worked with vulnerable populations as a Public Health Nurse for twenty years.
In her personal time, Denise serves on the local board of NAMI Kitsap; she enjoys spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, discovering new, incredible Washington wines, traveling, and treasures every moment she can spend with family and friends.
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