Juliette-Marie deSousa specializes in children’s mental health and K-12 domestic education reform, technical assistance, evaluation, and research. Her specific interests are in whole child approaches to intervention, connecting social and emotional learning factors to educational achievement, and improving programming and services for youth who are at risk.
As a senior researcher at AIR, deSousa works with foundations and federal, state and local departments of education and human services to identify and help implement effective research-based programs and reforms. She is currently the deputy director of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of seventeen federal agencies working together to improve outcomes for youth. She also works on connecting and strengthening youth programs in Syracuse, NY, and Buffalo, NY, with Say Yes to Education.
Her previous experience includes helping direct the work of the Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center from 2006-2012, providing guidance and technical assistance to Illinois and Wisconsin state departments of education, and being Deputy Director of the Supplemental Educational Services Quality Center run at AIR from 2003-2005, where she provided information and guidance to families, policy makers and service providers. Ms. deSousa has twenty years of experience in education, mental health, and business consulting, including extensive experience working with children and parents in the areas of education and clinical psychology.