About the authors of Active Parenting: First Five Years

Dr. Popkin is the author of over 25 books and curricula on parenting, including Taming the Spirited Child and Active Parenting of Teens. Dr. Popkin earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University and served as Director of Child and Family Services at an Atlanta hospital before entering private practice. He and his wife, Melody, live and work together in Atlanta and are the parents of two young adult children.

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is the Bryan Close Professor of Child Development at Oklahoma State University. She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, socioemotional development, and infant and early childhood mental health. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in children and adolescents’ adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. Another focus of her work is child and family resilience, and she is particularly interested in how early experiences shape later development with an emphasis on the parent-child relationship.

Ruth Slocum is a family therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health. She works for Oklahoma State University where she serves as the Mental Health Manager for the Tulsa Children’s Project, a program dedicated to developing interventions to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. She also oversees the Mental Health Consultation for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early childhood program. Ruth earned her Master of Social Service from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.

Dr. Laura Hubbs-Tait is a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science where she has taught since 1992. Her research focuses on how parenting is related to children’s weight and eating, social and emotional competence, and cognitive skills. She is on the editorial board of the journal, Parenting: Science and Practice. Her 2012 appointment as a Parenting Specialist for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has allowed her to provide parent education training to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Educators across the state of Oklahoma.

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