As Vice President and Director of the Weitzman Institute, Dr. Damian is responsible for leading the growth and development of Weitzman and its wide range of initiatives focused on health disparities and practice transformation. Dr. Damian holds faculty appointments at the UConn School of Medicine, Wesleyan University, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Weitzman, Dr. Damian was Director of Quality Innovation at the National Quality Forum (NQF), a not-for-profit membership organization that works to catalyze healthcare improvement through quality measurement and reporting. While at NQF, Dr. Damian served as the in-house subject matter expert on social determinants of health and successfully secured $1.2 million in grant funding to lead quality measurement and implementation efforts to advance integration of social determinants of health in healthcare policy and clinical practice. Prior to joining NQF, Dr. Damian was awarded a NIH grant to serve as the Principal Investigator of the first mixed methods evaluation of SAMHSA’s trauma-informed care training intervention and learning collaborative. Her areas of expertise include implementation science, mixed methods, health equity, and mental/behavioral health, particularly trauma-informed care and resilience. She has also worked extensively in the area of integration of mental health services in community-based settings as a means of addressing disparities in mental health.
Dr. Damian completed her PhD in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Masters in Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies, Highest Honors. She has worked with several reputable governing bodies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Health Administration in Washington, DC, International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as local health departments, on policy and programs relating to improving healthcare access and quality for medically underserved communities. She has received numerous recognitions in honor of her role as a social change agent, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and an honorarium from the University of Delaware.