Laura Alderman, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC
Laura Alderman serves as the Research and Development Project Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Her responsibilities include identifying cross-sector community partners to participate in collaborative solutions, including organizations who can contribute resources. Additionally, she facilitates the development of a collaborative action plans to eliminate / ameliorate the social / emotional barriers to improve behavioral health overall with a focus on childhood neurodevelopment for long-term gains.
Laura is also the founder and CEO of Educational Resources for Families, Inc., providing evidence-based mental health services for children and adults. She is also an organizational consultant supporting early childhood education, evidence-based mental health treatments, student mental health, community resilience and results-based Facilitation.
Laura most recently served as the Executive Director of Step Forward, a cradle to career collective impact initiative working to ensure success for every child in Northwest Louisiana and consisting of more than 400 organizations and thousands of individuals aligning their resources. Under Laura’s leadership, Step Forward was the host platform for many action-oriented community convenings including the Early Childhood Policy Summit, The Teen Summit on Mental Wellness, and the Impact of Social Injustice on Children.
Laura has lengthy experience in the juvenile justice system, having served as the Mental Health Coordinator for Caddo Parish Juvenile Court and began the first juvenile mental health court in Louisiana. In this role, she also served the principal investigator for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Models for Change grant in Caddo Parish. The Caddo Parish juvenile mental health court was one of only two nation-wide sites to be studied by the National Institute of Justice to determine the effectiveness of juvenile mental health courts.
Laura is a former early childhood educator and is a Fellow of the Tulane University Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute. She serves a trainer for the Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Curriculum, Adverse Childhood Experiences presentations, and Results-Based Facilitation. She recently co-authored a childcare training curriculum for the Louisiana Department of Education on Early Brain Development.
Laura holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Louisiana Tech University, MS in Family Life Education, and MA in Counseling and Guidance. She is certified in the areas of early childhood education and counseling guidance with the Louisiana Department of Education. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and National Certified Counselor.