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Dr. Thomsen has her doctoral degree in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology with her undergrad in Biopsychology from University California Santa Barbara. Her first love was learning about brain and behavior and soon after she declared her topical research focus for Maternal Child Health with the desire to improve children’s health outcomes. She conducted her doctoral research at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center investigating hospital initiation rates and one-month infant feeding methods. This research was in support of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and increased lactation education in more than 427 maternity ward staff. She has championed the past 15 years for newborns, children, youth, and families working on projects and programs which promote protective factors and build resiliency. Her love for inclusion, children and parenting led to her interest and dedication in joining the first cohort of trainers in 2010, accredited in Positive Parenting Program from First 5 Santa Cruz County. She continues to work with families in all stages of transition empowering parents and all interested adults (!) in hopes of making parenting easier and more enjoyable. Currently, she lives in San Lorenzo Valley with her husband and three sons and their cherished black lab rescue, Libby Lulu.

Heather N. Thomsen, Ph.D.

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