Background

Lacey Rosenbaum, PhD, MEd, is a psychologist and transformational leader bringing experience in the development, management and evaluation of programs focused on youth and adult mental health, well-being, and crisis prevention. 


Rosenbaum is the former Director of Curricula and Research for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA at the National Council for Behavioral Health. Dr. Rosenbaum directed the development, research, and evaluation of MHFA curricula and virtual products focused on children, youth, and adults. Rosenbaum led the teen Mental Health First Aid initiative in the United States supported by Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. The goal is to train every teen in the United States. Rosenbaum worked with a team from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health to conduct a randomized study measuring changes in adolescents’ mental health literacy, skills and confidence in helping a peer with a mental health challenge or crisis. Publications will be forthcoming.

Prior to working at the National Council, Rosenbaum directed the Safe and Supportive Schools Project housed at the American Psychological Association providing capacity-building assistance 19 State Education Agencies (SEAs) and 285 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the country related to promoting health and wellness among amongst teens in the United States. The program was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Division of Adolescent School Health. Rosenbaum has also worked as a counselor with young people in school settings and in community-based behavioral health organizations.

Dr. Rosenbaum earned her doctoral degree in International Psychology with a concentration in trauma services from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral research explored the social-ecological factors that contribute to psychological resilience in young people living with HIV in South Africa. Data collected from her research in South Africa was recently published in an article, Culturally Relevant Resilience: A Psychometric Meta‐Analysis of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM), the July 2020 issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Rosenbaum is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She teaches doctoral courses in the International Psychology program and serves as an advisor for student dissertation research studies. Rosenbaum is also a member of the Chicago School’s Institute for Adolescent Suicide Prevention and is a certified trainer for the Zero Suicide Institute.

Dr. Rosenbaum has a master’s degree in mental health counseling from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.

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