Director, Mental Health Planning and Policy
Linda Henderson-Smith is an educational psychologist and a licensed professional counselor and Director of Mental Health Planning and Policy for the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University. Dr. Henderson-Smith received her original degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and Educational Psychology at Howard University. She carried out work in clinical psychology in home and community based settings throughout Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. before joining the DC Department of Mental Health in several capacities ending as the Home and Community Based Services Manager. Dr. Henderson-Smith has been the project director and principal investigator on large federal grants and has served as the Director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for ensuring culturally competent services and supports were utilized throughout the state. Her current research aimed at understanding how systems can properly plan for and provide services for youth that have behavioral health issues and a co-occurring developmental disability, can implement culturally-competent trauma informed systems of care for youth and young adults with behavioral health disabilities and/or developmental disabilities, and can ensure that behavioral health disparities are examined and mitigated. She is also beginning to develop research regarding implementing the system of care approach in private insurance companies.