Beckie Child is a doctoral candidate at Portland State University School of Social Work. She is the former Executive Director of Mental Health America of Oregon, and Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center. She has helped start multiple peer-run organizations including a drop-in center and a statewide advocacy organization. Beckie also has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors for several years. She currently serves on the governor-appointed Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board and SAMHSA's Wellness Steering Committee. Beckie has been a mental health advocate for individuals and families for more than 15 years. Her research interests include health literacy and people with mental health challenges, interpersonal violence, and self-injury.
Beckie received her BA from Weber State University in 2003 in Elementary Education and her MSW from Portland State University in 2009. Beckie taught 3rd-9th grade students with learning disabilities and emotional challenges for two years. Her personal interests include reading, music, exploring waterfalls and her three cats.