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Neal Horen

Georgetown University, National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness - Head Start

Neal Horen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has focused on early childhood mental health for the last 20 years. He is Director of the Early Childhood Division and Co-director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human. Neal has worked closely with numerous states, tribes, territories and communities in supporting their development of systems of care for young children and their families. He is the co-director of mental health on the Head Start National Center on Health. In that capacity he has delivered approximately 100 trainings across the country and has co-led development of a numerous materials. More recently he has co-led efforts at building on-line professional development curricula on Infant and Early Childhood mental health Consultation. Neal has helped to developed innumerable materials related to infant and early childhood mental health consultation including training guides, evaluation guides, monographs and he also continues to be active in providing mental health consultation as part of his clinical practice. In addition, Neal continues to spend time working in direct clinical care including development of social skills interventions for young children and is director of the HOYA clinic which offers therapeutic and assessment services for young children and families. Neal’s primary interest is in early childhood mental health and he has lectured extensively on infant and early childhood mental health, challenging behaviors in young children, social skills development, as well as the impact of trauma on child development.