Amy provides consultation services that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. She is also the education director of The Kennedy Forum.
Amy serves on the boards of Mental Health America, a leading national advocacy organization; Parity.org, which promotes gender parity at the highest levels of business; and Interaxon, a mental health technology company. She is an advisory board member of Set To Go, a JED program helping teens transition from high school to college and adulthood with special emphasis on mental wellness and emotional preparedness, and Brain Futures. Amy is a founder of Female Opioid Research & Clinical Experts (FORCE), a non-profit alliance of women with scientific, health policy and medical expertise in opioid addiction and serves as an advisor to 7 Cups, an online peer support network.
A New Jersey native, Amy has had a lifelong interest in education policy, practice and politics. An educator by training, she has over 15 years of experience working in public schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Amy uses her experience as a teacher and a mother of five children to promote the importance of social and emotional learning in the development of mental wellness for children and adolescents. Her research interests include the early identification and intervention of mental health concerns in children, the use of brain fitness and mindfulness within school systems to foster and improve mental wellness, and the development of prevention programs that promote student social and emotional learning.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University. As part of her training, Amy has also obtained certification as a highly qualified instructor in the subjects of Science, English and History. Amy, her husband, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, and their children live in southern New Jersey.
Additional ResourcesEducation Five Pillars (PDF)
When we think about what’s needed in education as it relates to mental health, this is a great resource.”