Laura Backen Jones, Ph.D.
Laura is a developmental psychologist who has a passion for research and practice focused on promoting nurturing practices among parents and professionals. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the community setting as a family service practitioner, college-level instructor, consultant and developer of evidence-informed curricula for families, child care settings and schools. She has extensive experience working in the school setting, training teachers to work more effectively with children, including a 5-year research study to develop, deliver and evaluate a program aimed at reducing middle school staff stress and burnout and increasing their effectiveness. Laura has also served as a family consultant in the school environment, coordinating and implementing multi-systemic interventions with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. In addition, Laura has expertise in developing and evaluating online parenting programs and an online youth suicide prevention program for high school staff. In her spare time Laura likes to hike in the woods with her dog, practice martial arts, and dabble in marathons.
April Lightcap, M.S.
Director of Programs
April began her involvement in ACT for Families as a parent looking for ways to reduce her parenting stress and to enjoy more family fun. She was so inspired by the difference the program made in her life and for her family, that she became an Oregon Research Institute intern where she completed her ACT training. As an ACT for Families instructor and program developer, April enjoys helping families create nurturing family environments. April has a special interest in using ACT to guide families through pregnancy and childbirth. She is currently a graduate researcher at the University of Oregon studying the effects of stress on parenting, childbirth and health outcomes. In her free time, you will most likely find April with her husband and three children climbing Spencer's Butte or searching for sand dollars on Hobbit Beach.
Jean Lee, M.S.
Jean has a passion for creating and developing sustainable evidence based programs. She has a background in for profit, government, and non profit research. Her work has allowed her to develop skills in research, management, and strategic planning of organizations. Jean comes with a passion for making mindfulness based practices easily applied into every day life. In time away from projects, she has a passion for traveling internationally.