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Katie Lingras named new scholar in residence, succeeding Jenifer McGuire

By Cari Michaels, Extension educator with the Children, Youth & Family Consortium

Katherine Lingras, Ph.D.
Katherine “Katie” Lingras, Ph.D., has been named the Children, Youth & Family Consortium’s (CYFC’s) new scholar in residence. She is an assistant professor and licensed child psychologist with the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry.

Lingras’s term will run this calendar year, starting this semester and continuing through the summer and fall semesters. During her term, Lingras will focus on mental education and research that promotes mental health. She brings to this role her expertise in clinical work and research focused on the social-emotional development of children and building the capacities of the adults who care for them.

Lingras succeeds Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., who served as the scholar in residence from July 2016 to December 2017. McGuire is an associate professor with the University Department of Family Social Science.

The Extension CYFC Scholar in Residence Program provides the opportunity to engage a team of experts in bringing University research to both urban and rural communities in Minnesota. The program prioritizes research topics with relevance to children, youth and families.

In her position with the Department of Psychiatry, Lingras directs the department's Early Childhood Clinic, which provides outpatient assessment and parent-child treatment for young children experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Lingras also works in communities, providing mental health consultation and professional development training in early care and education settings. In addition, she works with pediatric and family medicine primary care clinics.

McGuire brought her considerable expertise and experience in working with transgender youth to her position as scholar in residence. During her tenure, she served as author of an issue of the Children’s Mental Health eReview and as lead presenter in Lessons from the Field seminars on transgender youth held throughout Minnesota in 2017. As a result of McGuire’s leadership, CYFC continues to create resources for parents and providers for the Transgender Toolkit.

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We at CYFC thank Jenifer for her great work with the scholar in residence program and wish her well in future endeavors. We also welcome Katie and look forward to working with her in what looks to be a productive partnership.”

We also say farewell to S Okrey Anderson, who served as a graduate research assistant with the Extension CYFC Scholar in Residence Program in 2017. Thank you, S, for helping us bring transgender resources to new communities and individuals.

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