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Dr. Barb Brady



Dr. Brady holds a Ph.D. in Leadership in Educational Administration, MA in School Counseling, and certifications in Superintendent (PK-AD), Supervisor General Instruction (PK-AD), Principal (PK-AD), (PK – Adult), Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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She has over 30 years’ experience in counseling and building student support systems in public schools. Dr. Brady is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid® trainer and a certified Connections Matter® trainer.


She served as school counselor for nearly 25 years, then as the WVDE Coordinator for School Counseling and the Expanded School Mental Health lead for 10 years; developing inaugural school counseling performance standards, a state model, an aligned standards-based evaluation system, and lead the development of the LINKS Student Advisement System. Dr. Brady also served as a critical member on various policy revision teams that lead to positive changes in the school system. She served as President of both the WV and American School Counseling Association (ASCA). 


Dr. Brady has provided professional development for counselors, teachers, principals, and community stakeholders at the local, regional, state and national level. She has extensive experience in conference planning, having lead or co-lead several state and national conferences, including the WV School Counseling Conference, KIdStrong, Student Success Summit, School Improvement Conference, and the ASCA Conference and Leadership Development Institute.


Dr. Brady was recognized as the School Counselor of the Year in 2002 and the School Counseling Advocate of the Year in 2009 and 2017 by the WV School Counselor Association. Retiring from the WVDE in 2017, she provides ongoing training and technical systems to schools through her business, Learning Support Consulting, LLC and in her role as Executive Director of Inspiring Dreams Network, Corp .  She provides consulting services for Marshall University School of Health, developing resources and providing training for Expanded School Mental Health and provides web-based therapy to youth and families through BetterHelp.  Dr. Brady also serves as the Awareness and Outreach Task Team Chair on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Coalition of WV. 

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