Assistant Professor at University of South Florida
Dr. Lazear’s experiences in management and supervision include her roles as principal investigator and project director for numerous projects developing systems of care (SOC) for 25 years. She has worked with most of the SOC grantees as a co-trainer focused on cultural and linguistic competence for the capacity building training, Primer Hands On: Building Systems of Care, and as an on-site evaluator of SOC communities for the Center for Mental Health Children’s Initiative. Her work as the coordinator of the Family Centered Interviews for the initial SOC grantee communities helped set the foundation for the current evaluation and assessment design of the SOC communities. Her work in cultural competence has spanned many years, from a participant in the first system of care cultural and linguistic coordinator training to her role as the facilitator of the 2005 Consensus Meeting on Evidence-Based Practices for Consumers and Families of Color hosted by the National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations and a core member of the CAFB, CMHS, SAMHSA National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families. As a co-developer of seminal curricula on partnering natural helpers and formal providers in diverse, economically challenged communities, Lazear understands the importance of listening to better understand the context in which youth and families live, work and play. Her commitment to understanding the strengths and challenges facing our diverse youth is reflected in all of her work, including youth suicide prevention and as the lead author for the US adaptation of the Youth Mental Health First Aid manual. For over 20 years she has provided technical assistance, including the development of family-run organizations, coaching of wraparound teams, serving as the Florida Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, the Director of Training and Consultation for the Florida Teaching Family Project, and to multiple SOC communities.