Service Learning

Jean Bailey, Ph.D.

May 3, 2011


The spirit of community service has inspired Dr. Ura Jean Oyemade Bailey’s research, teaching, and professional service.

Currently, she is the Director of the Center for Drug Abuse Research at Howard University and Graduate Professor of Human Development in the School of Education. She also chairs the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project. In addition to her current positions, she has served Howard University in various capacities throughout her distinguished career, including as Undergraduate Faculty Trustee for the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Department of Human Development.

Throughout her career at Howard, Dr. Bailey has worked tirelessly to protect children and to prevent and treat drug abuse. In the District of Columbia, she is Project Director for the Citywide Substance Abuse Coalition, a coalition developed to assess the needs and resources and develop a strategic plan for prevention of substance abuse in the District. In addition, she is Project Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Drug-Free Communities Grant for Ward 1 in the District. However, her efforts have extended far beyond the District. She has been the Principal Investigator and/or Co-Principal Investigator for a wide range of national research projects, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse Center for Drug Abuse Research, W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Center on Permanency for African American Children, National Institute on Child Health “Maternal Nutrition, Other Factors and the Outcome of Pregnancy” project, and the Cost Effectiveness of Maternal Drug Abuse Treatment Programs. Currently, she is also Secretary/Treasurer and Project Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition and a member of the African American Researchers and Scholars Group of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. An internationally recognized expert on child development and substance abuse, she has also collaborated on research and service projects in South Africa, Jamaica, and Mauritius.

Because of her expertise, Dr. Bailey has been invited to serve on many national committees, including the National Advisory Committee for the National Institute on Child Health and the National Advisory Committee for the Office of Child Development. She is Vice President of the National HBCU Substance Abuse Consortium, organizer and convener of the Head Start Minority Scholars, and is a founding member and past chair of the Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development. Additionally, she has served on numerous scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health, Administration on Children and Families, the American Public Health Association, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Her community service includes membership on a number of boards, including the boards of Invent Now, Inc., the National Finance Committee of the Democratic National Committee, and the National African American Drug Policy Coalition. The author of more than 70 scholarly publications, she also co-authored the “Getting a Head Start against Drugs” series, which is in its fourteenth year of use by Head Start providers.

For her dedicated service, Dr. Bailey has received numerous awards, including the 2008 National Bar Association Phoenix Award, the 2007Judicial Council of the National Bar Association’s Humanitarian Award, the 2005 Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Substance Abuse Award, the 2004 National Bar Association Presidential Award, the 2003 Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Brain Trust Award, Howard University Outstanding Service Award, and the 2003 Lincoln University Psi Chi National Honor Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award.

In this video, Dr. Bailey speaks as the Project Director for the HU-Serve Project, a service-learning initiative funded by the DC Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism.

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