Meet the Team
Nadia L. Ward, M.Ed., Ph.D., is the Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research at The Consultation Center and Associate Professor in the Division of Prevention & Community Research at Yale University School of Medicine.
Her extensive work in the area of academic achievement for racial and ethnic minority students has spanned 20 years and has included training and consultation to universities, public school systems and private organizations; curriculum development; program development; implementation; and evaluation.
Dr. Ward has worked extensively with high-risk as well as high achieving urban youth and their families in a variety of capacities. She has designed and evaluated academic enrichment and competence enhancing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school and community settings.
Additionally, Dr. Ward is a leader in comprehensive urban school reform efforts where she engages schools and communities in the development, implementation and evaluation of systemic interventions designed to improve school climate, academic performance and educational trajectories of low-income and minority youth.
Dr. Ward’s areas of expertise include school-based mental health, substance abuse prevention among youth, social-emotional learning, academic achievement, educational disparities, urban school reform, education policy and school-based prevention programs.
MAAX Program Coordinator
Barbara Nangle, M.A., is the Program Coordinator for the MAAX, as well as for Urban Education, Prevention and Policy Research at The Consultation Center at Yale. She has coordinated and evaluated large-scale urban school reform initiatives in Connecticut for the past 15 years.
She has extensive experience in designing complex databases, running data analyses, generating reports and publishing scholarly manuscripts. In addition, Ms. Nangle manages more than 30 community partnerships with local colleges and universities, non-profit organizations and social service agencies. Ms. Nangle volunteers with community organizations that are dedicated to broadening educational and social experiences for children and youth in need.
Ms. Nangle holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Connecticut. She is dedicated to working toward the dismantling of the structures of educational inequality in our society.