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  • Writer's pictureJenna Kelly

Dr. Jean Clinton: The Crucial Role of Relationships and Connectedness

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

This week, Jenna welcomes Dr. Jean Clinton of McMaster University for a conversation about the important roles of relationships, belonging, and connectedness in creating secure attachment.

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Dr. Jean Clinton

Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, division of Child Psychiatry, Ontario Canada. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014 - 2018.


Dr. Clinton is a trainer in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model in Education (NME). She works intensively with Michael Fullan and his New Pedagogies for Deep Learning team. She is also a member on the MindUP Scientific Advisory Board, as well as a MindUp for Families advisor. Dr. Clinton was a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, and has been a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013.


She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 35 years. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships, belonging and connectedness play.


Jean optimistically believes that having a system of compassionate system awareness leadership, competency based, deep learning and relationally focussed education of our children and young people is the road to a better and sustainable world. Good at learning, good at life.


Dr. Clinton has authored her first book, Love Builds Brains. Full Episode:


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