Katherine Bio

profile imageDr. Katherine Ortega Courtney has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Texas Christian University, where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Dr. Courtney worked with the State of New Mexico for eight years, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as Bureau Chief of the Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, Dr. Courtney championed and co-developed the Child Protective Services Data Leaders program, liaising with Casey Family Programs as she oversaw program implementation and the training of the majority of local office managers throughout the state. She has worked leading community initiatives, and policy and research through her work at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. Her book Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment (co-authored by Dominic Cappello) is serving as the catalyst for a new result-focused phase in the prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) throughout the nation. Through her work as the co-director of the Anna, Age Eight Institute, Dr. Courtney continues to serve as an advocate for strengthening continuous quality improvement throughout all the sectors that impact children, youth and families.