Nadia Ward PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Nadia L. Ward M.Ed., Ph.D. is the Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Consultation Center as well as the Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research and Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Her extensive work in the area of academic achievement for African American and Latino youth has spanned 18 years and has included training and consultation to universities, public school systems and private organizations, curriculum development, program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Dr. Ward’s areas of expertise include: school-based mental health, substance abuse prevention among youth, academic achievement/the achievement gap, urban school reform/urban education and school-based prevention programs.

Dr. Ward has worked extensively with high-risk as well as high achieving urban youth and their families in a variety of capacities. She has designed and evaluated academic enrichment and competence enhancing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school and community settings.

Her awards include the 2010 Thurgood Marshall Community Service Award for outstanding commitment and service to the Greater New Haven Community past, present, and future Quinnipiac University School of Law, as well as the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award, for Outstanding Supervision of Predoctoral Psychology Fellows, Psychology Section, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. She is currently a reviewer for the American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Negro Education, Oxford University Press. She has been a member of the Diversity Task Force, Connecticut Psychological Association since 2000. Nadia was the 2013 Presenter at Governor Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Joint Commission: “What is the mental health system for adolescents and young adults?” featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). Most recently, Dr. Ward was invited to keynote The National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. (NAMME) 2014 conference in New Haven.


Education & Training

Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh (1995)

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