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Nancy A. Lever

Nancy A. Lever Ph.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Additional Title(s): Director, SMHP; Co-Director, CSMH
Location: 737 W. Lombard, 499
Phone: (410) 706-4974
Phone: (410) 706-0980
Fax: (410) 706-0984

Personal History:

Dr. Lever received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University. She completed her psychology internship and a school mental health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 1998 she joined the faculty of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and currently is an Associate Professor. She worked directly in high schools providing expanded school mental health services for 10 years and is very active in program administration and supervision, as well as in helping to better connect research and clinical practice.

Within the Division, she has been a driving force in advancing graduate and professional training related to school mental health and has coordinated training experiences for psychology interns, psychiatry fellows, postdoctoral fellows and SMHP staff. She serves as the Associate Director of the VA/University of Maryland Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr. Lever is the Director of two school mental health programs in Baltimore City. She joined the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) in 1996 and for many years served as the Director of Training and Outreach. In July 2010, she was appointed the Co-Director of the CSMH.

Dr. Lever has a particular focus on training, outreach, dissemination, and resource advancement, especially as it relates to promoting high quality, evidence-based research, training, policy, and practice in school mental health. She oversees the content of the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, helps to facilitate the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health, and represents the CSMH on local, state, and national committees. She has presented and written extensively about school mental health and is co-editor of the Handbook of School Mental Health.


  • Dartmouth College BA (1991)
  • Temple University MA (1994), Ph.D. (1997)
  • University of Maryland, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child Psychology Internship (1995-1996)
  • University of Maryland School Mental Health Program, Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-1998)

Research Interests:

  • School-Based Mental Health
  • Quality Assessment and Improvement
  • School-Mental Health System Integration
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Evidence Based Practices

Clinical Speciality:

  • Children and Adolescents
  • School-Based Mental Health
  • Dropout Prevention


Tashman, N.A., Weist, M.D., Acosta, O.M., Bickham, N.L., Grady, M., Nabors, L., & Waxman, R. (2000). Toward the integration of prevention research and expanded school mental health programs. Children's Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice, 3(2), 97-115.

Acosta, O. M., Tashman, N.A., Prodente, C., & Proescher, E. (2002). Establishing successful school mental health programs: Guidelines and recommendations. In H. S. Ghuman, M.D. Weist, & R. Sarles (Eds.), Providing Mental Health Services to Youth Where They Are: School and Community Based Approaches. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 57-74.

Lever, N. A., Adelsheim, S., Schlitt, J., Prodente, C., Christodulu, K.V., Ambrose, M.G., & Weist, M.D. (2003). Effective collaboration with stakeholders in expanded school mental health programs. In M.D. Weist, S. Evans, & N.A. Lever (Eds), Handbook of School Mental Health: Advancing Practice and Research (pp.149-162). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Weist, M.D., Evans, S.W., & Lever, N. (2003). Handbook of school mental health: Advancing practice and research. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Lever, N., Stephan, S., & Axelrod, J., & Weist, M. D. (2004). Accessing fee for service revenue in school mental health: A partnership with an outpatient mental health center. Journal of School Health, 74. 91-94.

Lever, N., Sander, M.A., Lombardo, S., Randall, C., Lowie, J.A., Rubenstein, M., & Weist, M.D. (2004). A dropout prevention program for high risk inner-city youth. Behavior Modification, 28, 513-527.

Lever, N., Anthony, L., Stephan, S., Moore, E., Harrison, B., & Weist, M.D. (2006). Best practice in expanded school mental health. In C. Franklin & M. Harris (Eds.), School social work training and resource manual (pp. 1011-1020). New York: Oxford University Press.

Weist, M. D., Lever, N., Stephan, S., Youngstrom, E., Moore, E., Harrison, B., …Stiegler, K. (2009). Formative evaluation of a framework for high quality, evidence-based services in school mental health. School Mental Health, 1(3), 196-211.

Lever, N. A., Chambers, K. L., Stephan, S. H., Page, M. J., & Ghunney (2010). National Survey on Expanded School Mental Health Services. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 3(4), 38-50.

Lever, N., Chambers, K., Stephan, S., Page, M., & Ghunney, A. (2010). National survey on expanded school mental health services. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 3, 38-47.

Grady, B., Lever, N., Cunningham, D., Stephan, S. (2011). Telepsychiatry and SMH. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20(1), 81-94.