Nadja Lopez

Dr. Nadja Lopez is the Executive Director of the William James College Center for Behavioral Health, Equity, and Leadership in Schools. Throughout her career, Dr. Lopez has focused on translating research and clinical practice into accessible school and community-based approaches aimed at promoting youth mental health. Dr. Lopez completed her graduate work at the University of Miami, Florida, and her pre and post-doctoral work at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she worked until 2011.  She has worked directly with thousands of educators, parents, and community leaders, directed philanthropy-based initiatives focusing on prevention of adolescent depression and suicide, served as Co-Director of a Graduate Certificate in School Climate and Social Emotional Learning for educators, and was the Training Director for an internship program at William James College. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on the treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, school climate and social emotional learning, culturally responsive treatment and teaching, and systems change. Nadja has written multiple publications to support student mental health, including her book Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Guide to Promoting Self-Regulation in Young Students, and is co-editor of the book The Parents’ Guide to Psychological First Aid: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope With Predictable Life Crises, to be released Spring 2024.

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