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Sarah Nadiv

Sarah Nadiv is a Senior State Technical Assistance Specialist with WestEd’s Learning Innovations program and Co-Director, Trauma-Informed Practices in Early Childhood Education.

Nadiv’s responsibilities include overseeing early learning and trauma-informed practice across WestEd’s programs to help build work in trauma-informed practices across sectors. She oversees early learning and trauma-informed practices for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center and provides technical assistance and evaluation expertise to states across the country. She also leads a team of on-site coaches that provide support to teachers, administrators, and families around social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices.

Prior to joining WestEd, Nadiv provided expertise in issues related to the social determinants of health for IMPAQ, International. Her experience providing clinical services to young children and families in outpatient and school-based settings has galvanized her to ensure that research drives policy and practice. Accordingly, she has extensive experience with community-based participatory research and utilization-focused evaluation.

A seasoned researcher, Nadiv has led large grants from the Administration for Children and Families and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches in her research.

Nadiv has created a number of data-sharing systems that track individual child data for longitudinal research purposes, and has developed both in-person and online professional development modules for practitioners, policymakers, and families.

She has served as a director at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work; a project coordinator at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine; and a consultant to the Maryland State Department of Education.

Nadiv received a Master of Social Work in health specialization from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Towson University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Colorado State University.