Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D., is a leading figure in advancing school mental health (SMH) research, training, policy and practice at national, state, and local levels. Dr. Hoover is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After providing direct mental health promotion and treatment service for several years in the Baltimore City Public Schools, she was appointed as Director of Research for the national Center for School Mental Health (CSMH, www.schoolmentalhealth.org) in 2002. In 2010, Dr. Hoover became the CSMH Principal Investigator and Co-Director. She currently leads CSMH efforts to establish and disseminate national performance standards for quality and sustainability of comprehensive SMH systems (www.theSHAPEsystem.com). Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services.
Trauma-responsive schools and trauma exposure among youth and families has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research and clinical work. Since 2004, she has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools, to train school district and school leaders, educators and support staff in multi-tiered systems of support for psychological trauma. She has trained school and community behavioral health staff and educators in districts across the United States, as well as internationally, including consultation on building trauma-responsive, school-based mental health systems in Canada, China, Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Ukraine. As an advisor to the World Health Organization, Dr. Hoover has provided consultation and technical assistance on comprehensive school mental health in several countries, including developing and implementing a curriculum for teachers throughout the Middle East on supporting student mental health. Dr. Hoover serves as a Resource Specialist for the National Resource Center on Youth Violence Prevention and Mental Health Promotion, providing technical assistance and resource development for Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees across the United States. In addition, she serves as a national consultant to the National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, providing support to Promoting Student Resilience grantees in urban school districts impacted by community violence.
Dr. Hoover has also led work on collaborative and integrated mental health care in primary access points, including primary care centers and schools. Dr. Hoover developed and studied two national training efforts, one conducted in collaboration with the School-based Health Alliance and one with the National Association of School Nurses. These studies documented change in school health providers’ behavior and student mental health outcomes, and demonstrated policy implications related to task-shifting and public health approaches to children’s mental health.
Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D.
Center for School Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry
University of Maryland School of Medicine
737 W. Lombard St., 400, Baltimore, MD 21201