Published on April 18, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Psychology professor Mandy Howard
Psychology professor Mandy Howard

Samford University psychology professor Mandy Howard was a keynote speaker at the Empowered to Connect conference in Nashville, Tennessee April 8-9.  

More than 1,000 people attended the Show Hope organization’s two-day conference (live or via simulcast) for adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals. 

Howard's presentations focused on the importance of attachment and healthy relationships when working with children with a history of trauma. Her work, which has generated a great deal of political and public policy interest, promotes understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for youth in the child welfare system, and seeks to improve professional training and practice.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.