Lesa Hope, LMSW, Ph.D., QDDP is a strong advocate for families in poverty who experience intersecting oppressions such as disability, racism, homophobia and various hardships that create marginalization. She has worked on the school to prison pipeline, particularly with youth with disabilities who have been charged with behavioral issues.  She wrote the NAMI curriculum on disabilities; training police, teachers, providers, judges, and attorneys. She helps staff deal with vicarious trauma and helps individuals and organizations create wellness practices.  She is an effective listener and skillful communicator with strong creative, narrative and grant writing skills.

Dr. Hope’s additional skills include program development and evaluation, curriculum development and lesson planning, staff development and support, strategic planning and facilitation.