Amy L. Kennedy is currently the Education Director for The Kennedy Forum, providing consultation services that emphasizes evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. She also sits on the Boards of several organizations: Mental Health America, a leading national advocacy organization focused on giving a voice to all people with mental health conditions and addictions, Parity.org – promoting equality for women in the C-suite, Force – an alliance of women with scientific, health policy and medical expertise in opioid addiction joined to reduce the stigma and treatment barriers of those with addiction; and most recently was chosen to be part of the Set To Go Advisory Board, for the JED Foundation which focuses on the transition from High School to College, the program is planned to expand through educational transitions of all ages.
A New Jersey native, Amy has a lifelong interest in education policy, practice and politics. An educator by training, Amy has over 15 years of experience working in public schools in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and utilizes her experiences as a parent to promote the importance of social and emotional learning in the development of mental wellness for children and adolescents. Her research interests include the early identification and intervention of mental health concerns in children, the use of brain fitness and mindfulness within school systems in order to foster and improve mental wellness, and developing prevention programs that utilize and promote student social and emotional learning.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University. As part of her training, Amy has also obtained certification as a highly qualified instructor in the subjects of Science, English and History. Amy and her husband, former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, are the proud parents of four children and live in southern New Jersey.