The FIND Program Development Team
Phil Fisher, Ph.D.
Dr. Fisher is Developer and Founder of The FIND Program, Philip H. Knight Chair, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, and Director of the University of Oregon Center for Translational Neuroscience. His research focuses on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in socially and economically marginalized communities, and on translating scientific knowledge regarding healthy development under conditions of adversity for use in social policy and programs. He is particularly interested in the effects of early stressful experiences on children's neurobiological and psychological development, and in prevention and treatment programs for improving maltreated children's functioning in areas such as attachment to caregivers, relationships with peers, and functioning in school. Dr. Fisher is also interested in the brain's plasticity in the context of therapeutic interventions. His laboratory, the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) lab, includes graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and other researchers with similar interests. Dr. Fisher also directs the Translational Science Initiative and is the Science Director for the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, both based at Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the NIDA-funded Translational Drug Abuse Prevention (TDAP) Center, working to increase understanding of the effects of early adversity and risk in decision-making and behavior on policy and practice in child welfare systems. Dr. Fisher is the recipient of the 2012 Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1993.
Kyndal Yada, M.Ed.
Kyndal Yada, M.Ed., is the Director of Implementation - Editing of The FIND Program. She is also Program Manager in the Fisher Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory at the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. Research in the SNAP Lab focuses on the impact of early adversity on the brain, developing targeted interventions to improve outcomes for high-risk families, and using research to impact policy and practices towards vulnerable families. Kyndal is a core member of the team that has developed Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND), a video coaching program for caregivers of high-risk children. As a FIND Consultant, Kyndal provides training and consultation to FIND coaches and video editors. She received her master’s degree in Prevention Science at the University of Oregon and has experience implementing manualized, family-based interventions for high-risk families.
Becky Jaques Hasak, Ed.M.
Becky Jaques Hasak, Ed.M., is the Managing Director of The FIND Program. In this role she is responsible for developing the overall strategic plan and the human and financial capital necessary for FIND’s successful transition to scale. Previously she was a Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University where she developed the strategy and cultivated partnerships to launch the Center’s first cohort of early childhood social entrepreneurs. She was also the Director of Innovation Strategies at the Center on the Developing Child providing the strategic and action leadership to develop, oversee, and evaluate a portfolio of 28 programs piloted in 30 sites serving young children and families facing adversity in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Becky began her career in financial services as a marketing associate for ING Direct Bank Australia. She received her Master’s of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Miami University.
Shannon Peake, Ph.D.
Shannon Peake, Ph.D., is the Director of Implementation - Coaching of the FIND Program. He is also a research associate with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory at the University of Oregon. His research builds on developmental principles of neurobiological development to examine the combined influence of social factors and early adversity on behavior in children and adolescents. These perspectives contribute to the development and implementation of interventions to support parents and caregivers and to improve outcomes for children. Intervention projects include a randomized trial of FIND (Filming Interaction to Nurture Development) video coaching for foster families and for families with children with developmental delays in Oregon State; a statewide implementation of FIND with early education providers in Washington State; pilot projects to adapt video feedback coaching for use in pediatric primary care in Massachusetts and to support parents with young children in homeless shelters in New York City; and creating and implementing video feedback coaching adapted to integrate with existing home visiting and mental health service platforms.
Margie Watkins, M.S.
Margie Watkins, M.S., is a Coach and Editor Consultant for The FIND Program and a Research Assistant at the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Her experience includes implementing evidence-based, structured interventions for high-risk families, and families engaged in the child-welfare system. Margie joined the FIND team in 2014 and has worked across several projects. She worked with families engaged with child-welfare employing FIND during supervised visitation in both individual and group formats, and worked in collaboration with the team to adapt FIND for a small web-based pilot in Oregon. She has edited for several home-visiting pilots in Oregon and abroad. As a coach and editor consultant, Margie provides training and consultation to coaches and editors of The FIND Program.