The CERD Team

“I have worked with young people who were being talked down to and kicked out of school, who were never afforded an opportunity to succeed. I have worked with adults in emergency rooms, released without treatment or referral to address their ‘real’ problems; and those who have struggled to hold down their businesses or jobs as well as keep their families together. I realized that there must be a better approach for teaching and human service than using fear and exclusion. I wondered, ‘What would happen if instead, we focused on interests, strengths, potential, and inclusion?’”
  • Joel H. Brown, Ph.D., M.S.W. | Founder and Executive Director
    The Center for Education + Research Development

    Joel Brown has dedicated his career to the study of learning and development, public health and social welfare, translating his research findings into a dynamic process of resilience driven training, program and policy evaluation and needs assessment/ strategic planning. As an academic, researcher and educator, he was among the first to view resilience as a skill set and from this, designed a resilience skills building process that can be effectively applied in a variety of contexts, most frequently in business, academic and social service settings.

    As a Professor of Leadership at both the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State University, and as visiting scholar at University of California-Los Angeles, Brown presents his subject matter in a mixed methods program—an amalgam of education, public health, and social welfare. His nationally recognized research is balanced with a clinical practice embracing the key components of the CERD curriculum: needs assessment and strategic planning, professional development, program and policy evaluation.

    Joel’s client base includes local, state and federal agencies as well as organizations known the world over: the Conrad Hilton Foundation, Aspen Institute, U.S. General Accountability Office (USGAO), the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health, to name a few. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on strengths-based education—evaluation, practice and cultural competence—most notably his Resilience Education, published by Corwin Press/Sage Press. His work has been featured in a wide array of media outlets: ABC’s 20/20, the New York Times, National Public Radio, and Rolling Stone. He has and/or currently serves as an editorial board member of several national scientific journals: Review of Educational Research, American Educational Research Association, Journal of Drug Education, Urban Education Journal. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has established an award in Brown’s name, the Joel H. Brown Award—Recognition of Innovative Methodology and Applications.

    M.S.W, Public Health/Medical Social Services, University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D, Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Judith Brown, Ph.D. | Executive CERD Trainer
    Santa Barbara, CA

    Dr. Judith Brown is the author of numerous books on communication and relationships, her most recent being The I in Science: Training to Utilize Subjectivity in Research. She has trained and consulted with a variety of clients, including but not limited to: IBM; The Royal Norwegian Air Force; School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Louisville Public Schools; World Health Organization; S.P.A.N. (Special Project Alcohol and Narcotics), California Polytechnic, Pomona; California Commission on Crime Control and Violence Prevention; Executive Training Research Project, University of California, Santa Barbara; Joint Effort for Foster Families, Santa Barbara; Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, Santa Barbara; as well as over 250 training workshops in the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Holland, and Russia.

    M.S.W, Public Health/Medical Social Services, University of California, Berkeley
  • Gaetane Jean-Marie, Ph.D. | Certified CERD Trainer
    Santa Barbara, CA

    Dr. Jean-Marie is the Chair and Professor for the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville. Her work with CERD focuses on special populations of students, primarily economically disadvantaged students and individuals of limited English proficiency, who are underrepresented in educational practices. She facilitates workshops for educators and community members, providing curricular modifications to help cultivate a Resilience culture in the curriculum. She works with young people, helping them to engage in cooperative learning; she conducts evaluations to determine if the programs and services are meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of the students. Her research interests include authentic teaching and learning, issues of equity and justice, and women and educational leadership. With the stated goal of increasing choices and opportunities for adolescents in the CERD program, she uses empirically grounded Resilience research as a basis for educational policies and scholarly writing.

    Ph.D., Women’s Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Helen Sachs Chaset, Ed.D. | Director of Professional Development
    North Miami Beach, FL

    Helen Sachs Chaset has dedicated her decades-long career to problem-solving, communication, conflict resolution and skills mastery that enhance protective factors in youth. Her nationally recognized Leadership for Violence Prevention Program, a project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is a demonstration of personal and interpersonal process skills and the efficacy of resilience-based programming, serves as a peer leadership model for middle schools.

    Dr. Chaset has provided training to schools, districts government agencies and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of topics including Interagency Collaboration, Using Demographics to Analyze Client Needs, Leadership and Group Process, Quality Management Tools, Organizational Diagnosis and Teambuilding. During her tenure as a school principal in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Chaset trained prospective administrators through Johns Hopkins University, Hood College, The George Washington University and Morgan State University.  She has served as a consultant to organizations such as the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Maryland Business Roundtable and currently serves as the Director of Professional Development for Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. She is Chairman of the Board of Jewish Community Services of South Florida, serves on the executive board of the Miami Dade Holocaust Survivors. She is a grants reviewer for The Children’s Trust and works as volunteer tutor and staff trainer at the Miami Rescue Mission Community Center.

    Ed.D., Special Education and Program Evaluations, George Washington University
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