IRIS Educational Media teamed up with Dr. Laura Backen-Jones because we were frustrated with what the parent education market was offering. Other programs we evaluated were not realistic, and therefore not effective.
With grant funds from the National Institutes of Health, our team created video vignettes based on real life scenarios collected from hundreds of parents in classes and focus groups.
What we created is the only evidence and research based online course proven to have a positive effect in randomized control trials.
Two Families Now is a modern production with a diverse cast and uses the most up to date research available.
About Laura Backen-Jones
Dr. Backen-Jones is a researcher and practitioner concerned with the well-being of children. Her research focuses on the design of effective intervention and prevention programs for families and schools. She has taught parenting classes for over 15 years and served as a family consultant in the middle-school environment, coordinating and implementing multi-systemic interventions with students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
Laura is co-author of The First Three Years Series, a developmentally-based, intensive 30-session group parenting program designed for parents of children aged birth to three. Dr. Backen-Jones is also a team member on an evaluation study of The First Three Years curriculum, a collaborative effort between the University of Oregon and Oregon Research Institute.
Laura received training in family and marital counseling and has many years experience creating and conducting cognitive and social-emotional assessments with teachers, parents and young children. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Oregon.