Brenda Eagan-Johnson

Brenda Eagan-Johnson, MEd, CBIS (formally Eagan Brown) is a national authority
regarding the educational aspects of all severities of Acquired Brain
Injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic) with over two decades of experience. She is the State Program Coordinator for the nationally recognized Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Consulting Program, BrainSTEPS in Pennsylvania. This model was also adopted by the Colorado Department of Education in 2016. For the past eleven years, Brenda has focused on program development, implementation, consultation, and training for the approximately 300 educational consultants on 30 brain injury educational teams across the state. She received her Master’s Degree in the educational aspects of pediatric traumatic brain injury from The George Washington University, where she now serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is currently in an educational leadership doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University specializing in Mind, Brain, & Teaching. Brenda's research interests focus on pediatric traumatic brain injury and include concussion professional development for school staff, as well as program evaluation of school district Return to Learn Concussion Management Teams. Brenda is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, holds three PA teaching certifications, and serves on three national advisory boards. She is published in pediatric brain injury, regularly presents at the state, national and international levels, and has received multiple state and national awards for her work in brain injury. Currently, she serves as an expert external reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has co-authored a CDC document on return to school strategies. Spearheading development and creation of PA’s Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model, she has trained over 1,300+ school-based teams. In 2014, Brenda co-created a website to empower educators on concussion topics: She actively volunteers as a strong advocate for social justice and has been asked to present numerous times for national and federal organizations, including a Congressional Panel in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Brenda has a brother who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury while they were teenagers, which is where her passion for helping students, families, and schools began.