Dr. Brenda Eagan-Johnson is highly specialized in a niche expert witness area of education & transition following all severities of child, teen, & young adult acquired brain injury, including concussion. She received her Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Mind, Brain, & Teaching (educational neuroscience). Dr. Eagan-Johnson investigates brain injury from functional neurodevelopmental & clinical perspectives, looking at cognitive, behavioral, socio-emotional, & learning skills by examining student home/school activities of daily living. Pre & post-brain injury investigation is a nuanced area requiring expert interpretation. Childhood brain injury can affect skills that have not yet developed based on areas damaged & at what stage in development damage occurred. She determines supports & services required for optimal outcome and creates comprehensive education & transition plans into adulthood.
Dr. Eagan-Johnson is the state Project Director for a brain injury school consulting program called BrainSTEPS. She also serves as a consultant for a $2.2 million CDC study investigating student outcomes following brain injury. She is an adjunct instructor at George Washington University, teaching brain injury graduate-level coursework. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists under the Brain Injury Association of America and holds three teaching certifications: Special education-mental and physical impairments; elementary education & reading specialist. Dr. Eagan-Johnson served as an external reviewer for the CDC’s Report to Congress: Management of TBI in Children and as an invited concussion expert panelist at the CDC. She is a member of TLP and a founding member of the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury. Dr. Eagan-Johnson is well published, has received multiple awards, and presents at state-national-international levels. She also led the development of a model currently used across Pennsylvania and Colorado to train school concussion teams and co-led the 1st National Concussion Return to Learn Consensus.
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