Community Lecturer

Laura Frame

Community Lecturer Laura Frame, PhD, LCSW is Mental Health Team Leader, Research and Evaluation at Early Intervention Services, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. In both her clinical practice and research, she specializes in infant/early childhood mental health and the effectiveness of early intervention approaches for families experiencing trauma and adversity. Her writing includes clinical and policy-level research on trauma, toxic stress and mental health; child maltreatment; parenting; family poverty; peer support interventions; and public systems of welfare and child welfare....

Brandi Howard

Brandi Howard is a macro-level social work practitioner committed to equity and policy and systems change. The Chief of Staff and Interim Vice President of Programs at the San Francisco Foundation, Brandi is a natural systems thinker and equity leader, she provides leadership of their organizational culture and development work to center equity and results at the Foundation. Brandi started her career at the Foundation as the Program Officer for the Koshland Program, a 5-year program that elevates community and civic leadership and supports neighborhood transformation.

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Barbara Ivins

Barbara Ivins, PhD, is Director of Early Intervention Services (EIS) at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The multidisciplinary early intervention and early childhood mental health programs at EIS serve children with medical, developmental and socio-emotional risks and challenges, including trauma. In addition to direct services and program development, Barbara has provided training, supervision, and consultation within the Bay Area early childhood mental health community and to all systems of care that serve young children for more than 35 years. She is a founding member of the...

Claudette Mestayer

Claudette Mestayer is a bicultural, bilingual, licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Oakland with many years of experience in community mental health. Claudette specializes in clients with trauma histories and is dedicated to supporting BIPOC, first and second-generation immigrants, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Claudette has had the privilege of working at various leading healthcare organizations and non-profit agencies including Kaiser Permanente, Highland Hospital, UCSF SFGH, St. Mary's and East Bay Agency for Children. She also has years of experience conducting...

Patrick Mulkern

Lecturer Patrick Mulkern has worked as a School Social Worker in San Francisco Unified School District since graduating with an MSW and PPSC from UC Berkeley in 2016. He currently coordinates the Wellness Center at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, where he implements individual, group, and school-wide interventions while collaborating with students and families to create a more equitable educational environment. He has a passion for supporting students both in the K-12 and university environments and learns so much from his work supervising, training, and mentoring graduate...

Jill Nielsen

Lecturer Jill Nielsen has been committed to serving vulnerable aging populations since she obtained her MSW from UC Berkeley in 2004 with an emphasis in gerontology. For the past 17 years she has held a range of positions within county adult and aging departments at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Currently she oversees large-scale social services programs that are operated by San Francisco's Department of Disability and Aging Services, including the In-Home Supportive Services and Adult Protective Services programs. As an administrator, Jill strives to develop innovative programming...