16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Geoffrey Nagle, PhD, MPH, MSW, LCSW
Once a literary agent representing screenwriters and film directors with a goal of impacting social change via the mass media, Dr. Geoffrey Nagle dramatically altered his course when he chose to pursue a career directly serving children. Toward this end, he earned a master's degree in social work at Tulane University in 1996 and a second master's degree in public health in 1997. Dr. Nagle then devoted five years to working for the Louisiana Office of Public Health, where he oversaw the implementation of the Nurse Family Partnership—a child abuse prevention program serving first-time mothers and their infants. He completed his doctoral studies in mental health policy research in 2002.
Currently, Dr. Nagle serves as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine and as the Director of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. He contributes to numerous advisory groups in Louisiana, including: the Governor's Children's Cabinet; the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board, which he chairs; the Child Care Development Fund Advisory Group; the Solutions to Poverty Steering Committee; the Human Services Task Force of the Governor's Louisiana Recovery Authority; and the Board of the Louisiana Partnership for Childhood and Families and the Louisiana Children's Museum. Dr. Nagle also holds the position of State Coordinator of BrightStart, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant initiative designed to develop a strategic approach to bridging multiple funding streams and forging collaborative partnerships for cross-service system integration in support of young children, families, and communities.
Dr. Nagle presents around the country, addressing the topics of building an early childhood system, designing a state early childhood budget, recognizing the economic impact of child care, and identifying the need to develop quality rating systems for child care. His research interests include the economic benefits of prevention and the influence of the results of early childhood research on public policy decisions.