The Loop Center for Social & Emotional Development
Kristen R. Jamison, M.T., Ph.D.
Founder and Director
Dr. Jamison is an Applied Developmental Scientist, specializing in brain-based behavior management strategies and techniques, developmental research, and best practices in general education, special education, and parenting. She is trained in Positive Behavior Support, Behavior Modification, Functional Behavior Assessment, the Responsive Classroom Approach, early childhood special education, psychopathology, and educational psychology. She founded The Loop Center for Social and Emotional Development in Charlottesville, VA in response to a clear need for early childhood social and emotional intervention resources in the area.
Dr. Jamison is a Governor-appointed member of the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council, a Board Member of the Virginia Mentoring Partnership & a Committee Member of Wildrock Natural Therapeutic Play Space. She has been invited to speak across Virginia as an early childhood social & emotional development expert. Prior to founding The Loop Center, Dr. Jamison served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Richmond in the Department of Psychology teaching courses in Toxic Stress, Educational Psychology, Social & Emotional Development, Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Jamison previously worked to develop behavioral interventions, observation codes, and quality child care measures being implemented nation-wide as a Research Associate for the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Jamison received her B.A., M.T. (Early Childhood Developmental Risk), and Ph.D. (Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science) from the University of Virginia. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Batten School for Public Policy at the University of Virginia and a member of the Social Emotional and Academic Development Team for Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Jamison lives in Charlottesville with and two children.
Anita S. McGinty, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Education/Community Systems Advisor
Dr. McGinty is the principal of ASEC Advisory, Applied Science for Education and Community Partners. Dr. McGinty holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia and worked for a number of years thereafter as an associate research professor. Dr. McGinty has built a publication and funding record that has established her as an expert in children’s language and reading development, intervention implementation and program evaluation. Her publications examined the ways in which education and home environments can be enhanced to better support the growth of children experiencing social and/or developmental risk.
Following her work at UVA, Dr. McGinty served as Director of Professional Development and, then, Director of Research at the Core Knowledge Foundation. She supported the state-wide rollout of New York’s education reform initiative within the Prek-3 system and helped ensure the adoption and implementation quality of the Core Knowledge language arts model state-wide. ASEC Advisory blends her work across the academic and non profit sectors.
Dr. McGinty has long-standing partnerships with the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia, the Children's Health Center at the University of Texas- Houston, the Core Knowledge Foundation, the Loop Center for Social and Emotional Development, and Communitas Consulting. Dr. McGinty continues to serve as a reviewer for a number of academic journals, sits on the board of the Virginia Mentorship Partnership, and provides sponsorship and support to the Ron Brown Scholarship Foundation and the Blue Ridge Boys and Girls Club.
Brooke Lehmann, M.S.W., J.D.
Special Education Advocate & Mental Health Advisor
Brooke Lehmann is a clinical social worker and public interest attorney whose professional expertise is in the areas of children’s health, education, and child welfare. Ms. Lehmann has spent two decades providing direct clinical and advocacy services to children and families while simultaneously working to improve the systems that administer these services through policy development and legislative advocacy.
As the Founder and President of Childworks, LLC, Ms. Lehmann has managed multi-million dollar local, state, and federal advocacy campaigns, providing legislative analysis and strategy expertise to clients serving vulnerable populations of children, youth, and families. As a national expert, Ms. Lehmann provides consultation on the design, development, and reform of pediatric health/mental health services and special education and child welfare systems.
Ms. Lehmann received her B.A. from Indiana University and her M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a clinical fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center and was a Bush fellow at Yale University’s Bush Center for Child Development. Finally, Ms. Lehmann graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law and is licensed to practice law in DC and Maryland.