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Holding Hands


NEAR Science: Beyond ACEs

NEAR Science explores the Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs Study and Resilience. We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can increase risks of long-term physical, emotional and social disparities; however, we also know that protective factors can support children, adults, and families and decrease those risks. This training explores how life experiences impact our biological nervous system. It takes a deeper dive into the ACEs Study and how to interpret the results to find best fit practices to increase the Core Protective Factors of building capabilities, increasing attachment and belonging, and fostering the growth of community, culture and spirituality. 

Open to anyone


Cost: $0 per person


To schedule NEAR Science: Beyond ACEs with any of these presenters contact Ellen Roberts at



Autumn Cooper

Angie Kemp

Ellen Roberts

THREAD Director

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Clinical Training Specialist

Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers

Director of Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative

Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers

Autumn Cooper is the Trauma, Hope, Resilience, Education, and Diversity (THREAD) Director with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In her current role she works closely with state leadership and community partners by sharing evidence-based trainings to strengthen connections and enhance service delivery that is trauma-wise, hope-infused, and resilience-oriented. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, a doula, an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, a Community Resilience Trainer certified by ACE Interface, a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, a member of the Oklahoma Council of Infectious Diseases, and serves on the board of the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health. Outside of work, she can be found connecting with nature, her children, grandchildren, friends, and loved ones.  

Angie Kemp the Clinical Training Specialist for Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers. She is Licensed Marital & Family Therapist and Family Life Educator whose expertise is in trauma informed care, family systems, and motivational interviewing techniques.



Jodi Woydziak

Licensed Professional Counselor

Community Youth Services of Southern Oklahoma


Julie Williamson

Communications Coordinator

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Julie Williamson has 17 years of experience working in social services and public health in Oklahoma. She currently serves as a co-coordinator for the THREAD program at the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health and as the Communications Coordinator for a 9-county health district in south central Oklahoma. Julie has a passion for expanding awareness about trauma and brain development and reducing behavioral health stigma. She is a trained mentor for NEAR Science by ACE Interface. In her free time, Julie loves spending time with family and friends, especially in the outdoors.  

Tara Campbell

Director of School Based Services

Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness Centers

Tara Campbell, MS.  I am currently the Director of School Based Services for Lighthouse Behavioral Wellness.  I have worked in the mental health field as an LPC for 22 years.  In addition, I have worked in the school system as a school counselor or contracted Mental Health Professional for 14 years. 

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