Christina Pate, PhD (she/her), is Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center to Improve Social & Emotional Learning and School Safety and the Director of the Equity Accelerator funded by the Bechtel Family Foundation. She previously served as the Technical Assistance Lead for the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative in Atlanta Public Schools and was a Project Director and TA Liaison for SAMHSA’s Project AWARE at the Now is the Time TA Center. Pate has extensive experience in education, public health, wellness services, and service systems and brings a range of expertise in strategic planning, systems thinking, social-emotional development and mental health, leadership and collaboration, and organizational climate and culture.
Pate supports the agency to develop work that fosters adult wellbeing, cultivates stakeholder voice and co-design, centers equity, promotes trauma-informed practice and resilience, and improves cross-sector collaboration to improve outcomes for individuals and systems.
Pate has supported clients in expanding their leadership and collaboration capacity to shift mindsets and facilitate transformation as well as build infrastructure and coordinate systems across sectors. She has also coached clients in implementation and sustainability efforts across state and local child-serving systems to promote healthy development and to connect individuals with services and supports.
Pate received a BA in psychology, MEd in counseling psychology, MA and PhD in school psychology, and provisional psychological licensure through postdoctoral clinical residency training at the University of Missouri. She was also a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Child Mental Health Services & Service Systems Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an affiliate researcher with the Johns Hopkins Systems Institute (School of Engineering).