Peggy Kemp comes to the Institute with a background in children and family issues. Prior to returning to school to earn her master’s degree, she worked as a paralegal for a family law attorney specializing in complex child custody and visitation cases, including court appointed cases. Peggy also work with the Texas Office of the Attorney General with the Elder Law and Public Health Division prosecuting Civil Medicaid Fraud cases. She is also actively involved in public education and most recently worked for the Austin Independent School District (AISD) with its Community Schools Initiative where she provided support to the administrative supervisor for the initiative. She served on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) at AISD. Peggy earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
While at MMHPI, Peggy was a contributor on the Mental and Behavioral Health Roadmap and Toolkit for Schools. She also has completed the Brain Story Certification and serves with two other team members as a facilitator. Peggy also led a team to complete the Region 4 Education Service Center Mental Health Strategic Framework, as well as supported schools in the Texas Coordinated Access to Recover Emotionally in Schools (CARES) and CARES Training programs funded by The American Red Cross. Peggy interned with the Institute during the summer of 2017 with the Child and Family Team.