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Staff, Consultants & Advisors

 

Julia Graham Lear, PhD

jgl@gwu.edu

Julia Graham Lear, PhD, is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools sponsored by The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. For 20 years she has worked to develop school-based health programs and services as a means of promoting the well-being of children and adolescents. During this period she has worked with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directing a number of grant programs focused on improving health service delivery. for children and teens. Dr. Lear is a research professor at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She teaches courses at the university, writes and speaks frequently on the organization of health care for children and adolescents, and serves on advisory boards of a number of organizations dedicated to improving child health. She graduated from Brown University and received her master's degree and doctorate from Tufts University.


 

Olga Acosta Price, PhD

oaprice@gwu.edu

Olga Acosta Price, PhD, is co-director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools and associate research professor at the School of Public Health and Health Services, at the George Washington University. Her faculty appointment is in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She comes to the Center with experience in managing school-based mental health programs in Washington, D.C. where she was Director of the School Mental Health Program at the D.C. Department of Mental Health, an award-winning community-based program. Dr. Acosta Price managed the development, implementation, and evaluation of this program in 30 public schools for over five years. Before coming to Washington, Dr. Acosta Price was associate director at the Center for School Mental Health Assistance and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She has presented at local and national meetings on school-based mental health, program evaluation, and violence prevention and has written several articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Acosta Price graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree and doctorate from that State University of New York at Buffalo.



 

Donna Behrens, RN, MPH, BSN

dbehrens@gwu.edu

Donna Behrens, RN, MPH, BSN, is the new associate director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.  Prior to coming to the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Ms. Behrens held the position of Executive Director of the Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care. The Maryland Assembly on School-Based Health Care is an advocacy organization devoted to increasing access to health care for children in Maryland and nationally through school based health centers. Prior to that, she served as Director of Health Policy and Director of the School-Based Health Center Initiative in the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. In these two positions she used her extensive background in nursing, children’s health, mental health, policy and program development to help develop stronger systems to prevent teen pregnancy, expand children’s mental health services, reduce infant mortality, and increase access to school mental health programs.  Ms. Behrens received Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Prince George’s County Community College and Catholic University of America respectively and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.



 

Theresa Chapman

chapman@gwu.edu

Theresa Chapman is the Executive Coordinator for the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Theresa draws upon her 18 years of management experience to maintain and oversee the Center’s multi-grant operating budgets and is responsible for assuring compliance with the requirements of university and of the Center’s sponsors. She is responsible for communication and marketing endeavors. Ms. Chapman uses her seven years of experience working with health care research and policy to promote the Center’s mission on children’s health at school in major national conferences across the nation, including design and development of promotional materials for the field for both the Center’s Web site and general dissemination. Additionally, she coordinates meetings sponsored by the Center, supervises both office systems and human resource services, and overseas support services.


 

Brandi Robinson, MPH

bnrobin@gwu.edu

Brandi Robinson, MPH, is the research associate for the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Brandi has been with the Center for over two years, initially as a research assistant while completing her Masters in Public Health at The George Washington University. She graduated in December 2005 and has helped to expand and manage the Center’s web site, train and supervise graduate research assistants, assist with developing resources for the Center, and provide support to the Caring Across Communities grant program. Brandi has also continued her role as a Center exhibitor at national and regional conferences. Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Rachel Bedell


Rachel Bedell is a graduate research assistant at The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Ms. Bedell provides administrative, educational, and research support. She attended Dartmouth College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History. Ms. Bedell worked as an information technology consultant and marketing director for a financial services firm before becoming a graduate student at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she will complete the Master of Public Health program in Health Policy.


 

Emily Wilson


Emily Wilson is a graduate research assistant at The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Ms. Wilson is responsible for researching grant opportunities, compiling The Weekly Insider, and providing administrative and research support. She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education.  After five years of teaching, she is now a student at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services completing the Master of Public Health program with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.

 

 




Sombo Pujeh is a graduate research assistant at The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Sombo assists senior staff with calendar management, travel logistics, and other special projects. She attended Drexel University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. She is currently a student at The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services where she will complete the Master of Public Health program in Global Health with a concentration in Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation.


Consultants

Nancy Bellegarde, is the web manager for the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Previously, she served as web master for Making the Grade, the Center's predecessor organization. As a web designer she has worked with a number of health and other non-for-profit organizations, including the Center for Innovative Technology, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care and Global Forest Watch.

Nancy Haby Eichner, MUP, formerly the senior program manager for the Center, is the Center’s web content manager. While at the Center, Ms. Eichner managed the development of the web site as well as authoring web publications, including the Weekly Insider. Ms. Eichner has experience in project management and was responsilble for data collection and analysis for the 15 projects participating in the Caring for Kids multi-site grant initiatives that supported expanded mental and dental health services in school-based health centers. Ms. Eichner also has expertise in designing and implementing survey instruments and headed the biannual survey of school-based health centers conducted by the Center. She has also authored journal articles, program reports, and has spoken at numerous of national and regional conferences.