State Project Director
BrainSTEPS Brain Injury School Consulting Program
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Dr. Eagan-Johnson is instrumental in the creation, ongoing development, and daily oversight of the nationally recognized Pennsylvania statewide child and adolescent brain injury school consulting program, BrainSTEPS – Brain Injury School Consulting Program. She also serves as a consultant for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded study awarded to Case Western Reserve University related to BrainSTEPS outcomes. Through her work, Dr. Eagan-Johnson regularly trains medical, rehabilitation, and school staff on the identification, symptoms, and educational treatment methods to improve cognitive, executive function, behavioral, social, and communication skills, as well as transition strategies, for students who sustain acquired brain injuries. Dr. Eagan-Johnson holds a Doctor of Education degree in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (educational neuroscience) from Johns Hopkins University. She received her master’s degree in transition special education specializing in pediatric brain injury from George Washington University, where she has served as an adjunct instructor since 2015. Dr. Eagan-Johnson serves on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists under the Brain Injury Association of America. In this position, she is helping to write the pediatric portion of a new national concussion certification. She has held a Certified Brain Injury Specialist certification since 2008 and is a CBIS Trainer. Dr. Eagan-Johnson has three teaching certifications (elementary education, special education, & reading specialist) and serves on three national advisory boards. She is published in pediatric brain injury, regularly presents at the national and international levels, and has received multiple awards for her work. She was the co-lead for the 1st Concussion Return to Learn Consensus for the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury, which is endorsed by 12 national organizations. Spearheading the development and creation of Pennsylvania’s Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model, now endorsed by two State Departments of Education, Dr. Eagan-Johnson trained over 3,000 school-based concussion teams since 2013. Over the past decade, she has been an invited speaker numerous times for the federal organization that oversees state civil legal aid in Washington, DC, including Congressional and Senate panel briefings and audiences of supreme court justices, where she advocated for legal aid for victims of IPV & child abuse. Dr. Eagan-Johnson served on the executive board of directors for her local Crisis Shelter for many years and is a member of the ENIGMA Brain Injury IPV group.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
11:10 AM – 12:25 PM ET