Executive Director

Cathy Chalmers began her career working in the first psychiatric treatment center for children and adolescents in the United States, Shadow Mountain Institute, in Tulsa, OK.  Her thirteen years at the inpatient hospital and residential treatment center led her to specific work treating families, children and adolescents: working in the field of adoption, attachment, trauma and advocating for permanency placements for children.  


Cathy helped co-found an international organization, ATTACh (Association for Training on Trauma in the Attachment of Children) in 1987, initially serving on their board of directors and now is a member of the advisory board.  She has also worked at Tulsa Developmental Pediatrics and Center for Family Therapy, alongside a treatment team of developmental pediatricians and psychologists, providing individual and family therapies.  She served on the board of CASA and was president of The Attachment Network, a local board advocating for attachment concerns of families and children. 


After the birth of her children, Cathy conducted domestic and international adoption home studies and worked in the legal system to secure permanency placements for children, tackling the complex issues of best interests and placements of native children.  She is the co-author of Nurturing Healthy Attachment: Building Parent-Child connections to Last a Lifetime, with Dr. Barbara Sorrels and has been a contributing writer to Fostering Families magazine. 


Cathy has worked in the field of adoption, attachment and family therapy for 40 years as a therapist, trainer and home study provider.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, family section and National Indian Child Welfare Association.  Cathy is a qualified expert witness in child development, attachment and ICWA and has testified in court cases involving best interests and the Indian Child Welfare Act, in numerous counties in the state of Oklahoma. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters.


Connected Kids is dedicated to helping educators and advocates understand and nurture children in crisis. Through innovative training programs we provide education with hands-on application on child development and trauma. 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133


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