McHale Newport-Berra, Ph.D.

project manager

Dr. Newport-Berra joined ASR in 2013 and has been involved in projects related to school readiness, early childhood development, school wellness, and home visiting.  With an interdisciplinary background in both education and health, she has content and technical expertise related to child development, child mental health, health promotion strategies, and school health, as well as deep practical knowledge of schools. Dr. Newport-Berra has worked in schools in multiple capacities, including as an elementary school teacher, a community health organizer, and a researcher. She has presented her work at national conferences on topics such as the evaluation of school and community-based obesity prevention initiatives; implementation of school wellness policies; and the relationship between school organizational climate and students’ socio-emotional development. Dr. Newport-Berra holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University. In addition to her work at ASR, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, exploring the trails, beaches and food of the Bay Area, traveling, and running.