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Olga Acosta Price

Olga Acosta Price

Director and Associate Professor, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Milken Institute School of Public Health, the George Washington University

Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She is a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in school mental health. Dr. Acosta Price has a strong interest in prevention and early intervention programs that address the mental health needs of vulnerable children and their families, and has developed and evaluated programs promoting mental health and resilience conducted in school and community settings. As founding director of the School Mental Health Program (SMHP), Dr. Acosta Price coordinated, implemented, and evaluated comprehensive school-based mental health programs in more than 30 public schools in Washington, DC. As director of CHHCS she helped direct a multi-year, multi-site Robert Wood Johnson funded national program that addressed the emotional and behavioral health needs of immigrant and refugee children and families through school-connected, community-based solutions. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on children’s behavioral health and school-based services and frequently presents at national conferences and meetings on children’s health and wellbeing. Dr. Acosta Price received her Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College.

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