DR. SHELLEY HART
Associate Professor, Chico State University, Child Development Department
Dr. Shelley R. Hart has been full-time faculty in the Department of Child Development at Chico State since 2014 and a Research Associate in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University since 2013. She stays formally active in the community as a Commissioner for both the First Five Butte County Children and Families Commission and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission and informally with multiple organizations and community-based initiatives, such as an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) NEAR Science Educator with North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF).
A Paradise-native, Dr. Hart attended Butte College as a young, single mother. Subsequent education opportunities led her to places like Santa Cruz (UCSC; Bachelor of the Arts), the Davis-area (CSU, Sacramento; Master of the Arts), Santa Barbara (UCSB, PhD), and Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University; NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship). Her roots remained deep in the area with family and close friends and despite wonderful experiences in these other places, when the position at Chico State became available, she jumped at the chance to move “home”.
Dr. Hart is a nationally certified school psychologist with a number of years providing direct service in the schools. She also has over 15 years of experience in the mental health arena working with severely impaired individuals in psychiatric facilities or transitioning back into the community. Her desire to intervene earlier in the progression of mental health challenges and her personal experiences with depression (particularly postpartum depression) have strongly influenced her scholarly and service interests.
Along with her husband and dogs, Dr. Hart spends as much time with family — including a grandson — and friends as possible. They are often eating out at one of the many great restaurants in town, enjoying the beautiful outdoors locally, or barbequing at someone’s house. However, she also particularly enjoys those rare occasions when she is able to stay home and just relax.