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Evandra Catherine


Evandra Catherine, PhD
Director of Disability and Mental Health Policy and Research Assistant Professor
Children’s Equity Project, Arizona State University

Dr. Evandra Catherine is the Director of Disability and Mental Health Policy at the Children's Equity Project, a center housed at ASU that works at the intersection of research, practice, and policy and focuses on a range of equity issues across child serving systems. Dr. Catherine works with state and national leaders to build and sustain equitable early intervention and early childhood special education systems for children birth to five and their families. She also works with national and state professional development and technical assistance providers to advance equity in early care and learning programs through Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. Dr. Catherine is currently a fellow in the Young Scholars Program, sponsored by the Foundation for Child Development. In 2021, she was awarded the Arizona 48 Most Intriguing Women Award in the area of education. She is also a disabled veteran, resulting from her experience as a first responder in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.