Family Life Conference 2023

The Family: Our Eternal Destiny

Mindy Brown, PhD


Dr. Brown's research centers on infant mental health, infant-caregiver interaction, emotion regulation, and the biological basis of behavior. She has taught human development and psychology courses at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. As a developmental psychologist, her most intensive case studies have been her five children, two autistic, one with a chromosomal deletion, and all wonderful. She and her husband of 27 years have just become grandparents to an adorable little human, opening a unique new stage of life. 

“Building Strong Families Begins at Birth"

Caregiver-infant bonding begins before the infant draws its first breath. Infancy is a crucial time when relationships are learned and built. Environmental factors can affect the quality of these family relationships, such as stressful life experiences, how we respond to those experiences, and how sensitive we are to our infants and children. These foundational bonds form the basis for all other connections throughout life. In this session, Mindy will provide practical ways to be mindful of these impactful factors, and how these practices can improve our parenting ability and strengthen our family ties throughout the lifespan.