- Child Abuse Prevention
- Sex Offender Mitigation
- Early Childhood Education
- High-Functioning Autism in Adults and in Family Relationships
- M.L.A. - Harvard University | Dean's List | Director's Thesis Prize
- B.S. - University of Utah | Magna Cum Laude
Mitigation and Prevention
Anne Janai (McMullin) is a Montessori educator, master’s level psychologist, consultant and coach.
Anne works with clients on child abuse prevention and mitigation strategies and in finding healthy responses to adult family members who have high-functioning autism. She is also a parenting coach and finds great fulfillment in helping parents understand HOW to accomplish their personal parenting objectives through learning more about themselves and through preparing environments that allow children to thrive.
Anne received her master’s in clinical psychology from Harvard University where she was awarded the director’s award for her original research project and thesis on the impact of high-functioning autism in adults on marriage relationships. She received her bachelor’s in human development and family studies from the University of Utah.
Anne is a proponent of the Montessori method of education and is especially interested in its association with the flow mind state (Csikszentmihalyi). She is Montessori certified through the American Montessori Society and works with young children in her own classroom for a few hours every morning.
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I believe that parenting education and improvements in early childhood education have the potential to reduce mental illness in the United States and would have a major impact on the health and well-being of society. My stance is that the rapid development of the brain between ages zero and six demands that society come together to focus on the needs of very young children.
As an undergrad, I spent hours upon hours considering the theory behind how to prepare early childhood environments that support flow (Csikszentmihalyi) in children. After graduating, I raised three children in less than ideal circumstances. I attribute my understanding of flow and child and human development to be major factors behind the success I achieved as a parent despite the less than ideal nature of my personal circumstances. My children are currently between the ages of 16 and 23.
I am fascinated by the connection between flow and the Montessori method of education and believe that Montessori education has the potential to improve our public education system and help children develop patterns of independence, initiative and joy in learning en masse.
My research interests lie in developing a child sexual abuse prevention and mitigation method that criminal defense attorneys could outsource to help child sex offenders break patterns of arousal associated with child pornography and child sex predation. I understand that many child sex predators were once victims of child sexual abuse and that many were first introduced to the child pornography industry while children. I do not believe society will be able to adequately address the extreme problem of child sexual abuse until it accepts that child sex predators need better services.