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We are building Oklahoma’s capacity to support nurturing relationships for young children through community-engaged research, education and training, in coordination with the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

A strong start for children

The relationship between parents and young children forms the foundation for healthy development and well-being. The Institute for Building Early Relationships (IBEaR) objective is to conduct research on early cognitive, social and emotional development; provide training and education to students and professionals; and serve as a virtual gathering place of expertise for researchers, practitioners and policy makers.


We host monthly brown-bag seminars that are free and open to the public on topics of interest related to infant and early childhood mental health and development.
Seminars are typically held on the first Wednesday of the month from 12-1 p.m.

What we do

Research Projects

Our research projects are collaborative efforts with other organizations across the state. 

Research Presentations

Members participate in national research and national conferences.


The “Building Early Social and Emotional Relationships with Infants and Toddlers” book was edited by our director.

Team effort

We represent the disciplines of developmental and family science, early childhood education, child psychiatry, social work, psychology and marriage and family therapy.

Meet the team


Paula A. Brown Graduate Research
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