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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.