Born and raised on the island of Jamaica, Dr. Kerriann M. Peart has followed her passion for public service through her educational and professional pursuits. After graduating high school in Jamaica, her family moved to the United States, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University. Given her desire to tackle matters concerning health disparities in a global context, she completed her Master’s in Global Health Communication at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. She has also completed a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology and Doctorate in International Psychology, both from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Much of Dr. Peart’s work experience has informed her academic pursuits, given her exposure to health education and behavioral health management. Throughout her career, she has led teams of health educators, youth advocates and young people, in effecting and strengthening mechanisms of change impact. Dr. Peart’s portfolio recently involved her leadership in the development of two special initiatives for a population of a million residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland: Child Friendly County Prince George’s (modeled after UNICEF’s Child Friendly City framework) and Healthy and Well Prince George’s addressing health systems improvements and innovation, to tackle non-communicable diseases, behavioral health, sexual-reproductive and maternal child health concerns. With the launch of Peart Consulting LLC, in 2020, Dr. Peart has expanded her portfolio of service to involve health systems efforts in the Caribbean. She is engaged with the strengthening of chronic care service delivery and healthcare worker capacity building as key focus areas through her current consulting. Dr. Peart now lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, where she is an Assistant Professor of Public Health, at Nova Southeastern University.