Dr. Nina Gilbert, Ed.D.

Dr. Nina Gilbert, Ed.D. earned her doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She received a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University and a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. She holds a Georgia Professional Standards certification in Educational Leadership-Tier II. She is also certified in six categories, of which four are in Special Education (behavior disorders, language arts, science, social science, and history).

Dr. Gilbert has over 25 years of service in traditional urban public schools, the charter school sector and higher education. She was an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University’s Tift College of Education and Morehouse College, where she served at the Senior Advisor on Education Reform at the Morehouse Research Institute.

Dr. Gilbert is an education strategist and consultant to numerous profit and non-profit organizations. She is founder of a non-profit that is a think-tank for African-American education entrepreneurs and social innovators.

Prior to entering education, Dr. Gilbert worked as a clinician in the behavioral health sector where she provided services to children and adolescents in long and short-term psychiatric treatment centers.  Dr. Gilbert is currently working on projects that explore and minimize the negative effects of trauma and toxic stress on students’ academic performance.

Dr. Gilbert is a Scholar-Practitioner. She blends cultural anthropology, social entrepreneurship and design thinking methodologies to transform public education. Her scholarship uses collaborative autoethnography and appreciative inquiry to reframe problems and counter the deficits-based narratives frequently associated with students and communities of color.