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Brenda Eagan-Johnson - Board Member
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Brenda Eagan-Johnson


  • BrainSTEPS Brain Injury School Consulting Program
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Brenda Eagan-Johnson Ed.D., CBIST has over two decades of experience in the field of pediatric brain injury, education, and neuro-developmental issues in children. Dr. Eagan-Johnson is instrumental in the creation, ongoing development, and daily oversight of the nationally recognized Pennsylvania statewide child and adolescent brain injury school consulting program, BrainSTEPS – Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program. She also serves as a consultant for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded study related to BrainSTEPS outcomes. Through her work, Dr. Eagan-Johnson regularly trains medical, rehabilitation, and school staff on the identification, symptoms, and educational treatment methods to improve cognitive, executive function, behavioral, social, and communication skills, as well as transition strategies, for students who sustain acquired brain injuries.Dr. Eagan-Johnson received her master’s degree in transition special education specializing in pediatric traumatic brain injury from George Washington University, where she has served as an adjunct instructor since 2015. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (educational neuroscience) from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Eagan-Johnson has three teaching certifications and serves on three national advisory boards. Additionally, she has held a Certified Brain Injury Specialist certification since 2008. Dr. Eagan-Johnson is published in pediatric brain injury, regularly presents at the national and international levels, and has received multiple awards for her work. She was the co-lead for the first Concussion Return to Learn Consensus for the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury, which is endorsed by 12 national organizations. Spearheading development and creation of Pennsylvania’s Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model, now endorsed by two State Departments of Education, Dr. Eagan-Johnson has trained over 2,800 school-based concussion teams since 2013. Her brother sustained a severe TBI when they were teenagers, which is where her passion in the field began.


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