Considerations, Moments of Pause and Reflections in Addressing DEI in Your Organization


This presentation was developed for Organizational Well-Being in Health Care: A National Symposium held Aug. 5-6, 2021. Learn more about the symposium here.

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Speaker Bios


Dr. Scardamalia’s research builds on her extensive experience as a school psychologist working with high needs youth and their families. In addition to providing services for traditional public school campuses, Dr. Scardamalia has worked as a school psychologist in juvenile justice settings including juvenile detention and post-adjudication residential treatment. Dr. Scardamalia has conducted research on factors influencing determinations of special education eligibility under the disability category of emotional disturbance. Her current research focuses on the intersection of the public education, juvenile justice, and mental health systems and their contribution to the disproportionate number of minorities impacted by the school to prison pipeline. Dr. Scardamalia’s research addresses universal prevention and intervention through her work on the development of a modularized, classroom based, social emotional learning curriculum and through her research on district-wide strategies to reduce exclusionary discipline practices. In addition to conducting school-based research, she provides training, technical assistance, and consultation support to school districts and educational leaders at local, state and national levels.


Dominique Charlot-Swilley, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor, Senior Research Policy at the Center for Child & Human Development, Department of Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Director of Provider Wellbeing for Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN). Dr. Charlot-Swilley’s work is co-situated at Children’s National Medical Center and the early childhood sector. Dr. Charlot-Swilley operated as one of the lead psychologists to implement HealthySteps in Washington, DC at Children’s Medical Center. She now serves as a Technical Assistant Specialist to other HealthySteps sites in the District of Columbia. During her work at Children’s, she and her colleagues developed a Provider Wellbeing Program for medical providers to help address compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma. Dr. Charlot-Swilley has transitioned her wellness work to the early childhood workforce. She is also coprincipal investigator of the SAMHSA Awareness grant for early childhood which aims to increase the capacity of early childhood educators to recognize and appropriately respond to the social emotional health of young children. Prior to joining Georgetown and Children’s, Dr. Charlot-Swilley served as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, adjunct professor at Howard University, George Washington University, and Montgomery College, Takoma Park, and was Assistant Director of a private practice in Maryland. Dr. Charlot-Swilley completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at Howard University with a focus on ethnic minority mental health. Her early research work was on parent- child attachment among Caribbean mothers at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami. She has conducted training on trauma and youth violence prevention in Haiti and South Africa. She is married and the mother of three daughters, a singleton, and identical twins.

August 13, 2021
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