I’ve supported children, youth, and families for more than 25 years. I’ve used Motivational Interviewing and the Community Resiliency Model in addition to evidence-based parenting coaching models in partnership with families to help their children thrive.

In addition to my coaching and training practice, I’m the Technical Assistance and Consultation Lead at El Futuro. This nonprofit outpatient clinic provides comprehensive mental health services to Latino families in a bilingual environment of hope and healing.

I’m certified by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and by the Trauma Resource Institute, and I provide training and coaching to professionals on client engagement, cultivating resilience, cultural humility and responsiveness, cross-cultural communication, coaching, and implementation of best practices.

Before I settled in Durham in 1996, I lived in Chicago, New Haven, Buffalo, Madison (Wisconsin), New York, and Seattle. I also lived abroad twice as a child and was immersed in a foreign school system, language, culture, and community.

I learned Spanish as an adult and developed fluency as a foster parent to a child who was a recent immigrant from Mexico and spoke no English. From my decade as a foster parent, I added two daughters—and now four grandchildren—to my family.


Master of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, August 1997

School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Merit Assistantship in the Department of Maternal and Child Health 1996–97

Delta Theta Omega honor society

Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Psychology, February 1991

Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Columbia College Dean’s List, Psychology Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa

Completion Barnard Teacher Certification Program

Credentials & Awards

Qualified Professional Parenting Educator by the North Carolina Parenting Education Network

Certified Provider, Coach, and Trainer by National SafeCare Training and Resource Center

Certified Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up Parent Coach

Certified Anger Management Specialist I by the National Anger Management Association

Certified Community Resiliency Model Teacher by the Trauma Resource Institute

Certified Motivational Interviewing Trainer by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Certified Triple P Level II Brief Primary Care and Seminar Provider

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellow in Public Policy 2020

Donna J. Stone Award Winner 2013

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina presented me with this award for doing everything possible to support families in their efforts to provide their children with the safe, stable, and welcoming environments they need to be successful.


Child and Family Behavior Therapy: Effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Delivered to At-Risk Families in the Home Setting (34 October 2012), pp.177–196 by Rachel Galanter, Shannon Self-Brown, Jessica R. Valente, Shannon Dorsey, Daniel J Whitaker, Michelle Bertuglia-Haley, and Metta Prieto.

Journal of Child and Family Studies: Utilizing Benchmarking to Study the Effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Implemented in a Community Setting (25 February 2012), pp. 1–9 by Shannon Self-Brown, Jessica R. Valente, Robert C. Wild, Daniel Whitaker, Rachel Galanter, Shannon Dorsey, and Jenelle Stanley.

Motivational Interviewing Resources for Trainers from the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers: Health & Safety Quiz (July 2020), pp. 97–98 by Rachel Galanter.

Ian Axford Fellowship Wrap Around a Little More. (View PDF)


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