Katherine A. Beckmann is the Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Health and Development within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood at the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and
Human Services. As the lead health advisor, she works to coordinate, integrate, and implement early childhood health and development policies and initiatives across Head Start, child care, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, and Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs.
Dr. Beckmann received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Columbia University and focused on issues of toxic stress during pregnancy and later child outcomes. She is particularly interested in the intersection of child development, disease prevention, and health promotion to better prepare young children for lifelong education. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and M.P.H. in Health Policy and Administration at Yale University.