Christina Bethell,PhD, MBA, MPH

Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) within the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. The CAHMI was established in 1996 as a national collaborative to advance a family-centered, population based framework and common measurement and family engagement methods to promote the early and lifelong health of children youth and families. This work has led to the development, validation and national, state, and local implementation and reporting of measures with a focus on early childhood development, children with special health care needs, adolescent preventive services, medical home, and a variety of family centered care topics. She leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (, supported through HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau as well as efforts to develop, test, and disseminate family-driven quality measurement and improvement tools such as the Well-Visit Planner. She is passionate about enabling data-driven partnerships and leveraging the new brain sciences, mindfulness and other mind-body methods to transform health and related services, with a focus on addressing childhood trauma, promoting positive health and advancing High Reliability Organizations. She earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago.