Deborah Haber has extensive experience in managing national technical assistance centers, designing training programs for practitioners to implement evidence-based programs, and developing creative training seminars and materials on issues of health, mental health, and violence prevention for youth. A Vice President at Education Development Center (EDC), Deb brings over 15 years of experience leading several large scale training and technical assistance programs for at-risk youth.
As Director of EDC’s National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NCMHPYVP), Deb has led training and technical assistance centers for the U.S. Department of Education, Health and Human Service’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As NCMHPYVP director, she designed and delivered technical assistance (TA) services to every state department of education in the country, 20 of the largest urban districts, as well as rural and Native American/Alaskan Native tribal districts. Services aimed to strengthen the capacity of school and community-based agencies to implement collaborative, systemic change and translate research into practice.
As director of curriculum development and training and TA for the Reach for Health project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Deb worked with multiple stakeholders to adapt and implement a research-based health risk behavior curriculum to meet the needs of 3,600 students in three Brooklyn middle schools.
Deb has provided training and TA to local school communities, state agencies, and national organizations. She has worked with Dr. Ron Slaby to train school, community, and law enforcement practitioners to adapt Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders, EDC’s nationally recognized violence prevention curriculum, for use in their communities. Deb holds a Master of Education in health from Boston University.