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Christina Pate

Christina Pate, Senior Research Associate in WestEd’s Health & Justice Program, is a project director, facilitator/coach, and evaluator with extensive experience in education, public health, wellness services, and service systems.

Pate is Deputy Director of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety and is the Implementation Lead for the National Institute of Justice’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative in Atlanta Public Schools. She was previously a Project Director and Technical Assistance Liaison for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Project AWARE at the Now is the Time Technical Assistance Center.

She has led teams of technical assistance providers, has overseen the development of products and implementation of services, and has developed and monitored contracts. Additionally, she has supported clients in expanding their leadership and collaboration capacity to build infrastructure and coordinate systems that improve school climate, health, and wellness. She has also coached clients in implementation and sustainability efforts across state and local child-serving systems to increase awareness of social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, and to connect children with evidence-based services within a multi-tiered system of support.

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).