Geoffrey A. Nagle is president and CEO of Erikson Institute, the nation’s premier graduate school in child development and a hub of complex, creative thinking about how young children learn and grow.

Before his appointment as president, Nagle served as the director of the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Tulane University School of Medicine.

He is a licensed clinical social worker and serves on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Early Learning Fellows Program.

While at Tulane, Nagle worked closely with Louisiana government leaders to strengthen the state’s early childhood system and expand high-quality early care and education. His advocacy resulted in Quality Start, Louisiana’s child care quality rating system, and laws creating the Early Childhood System Integration Budget and School Readiness Tax Credits.

Nagle is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, and has served on numerous other advisory groups and boards including the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board (LA), Institute of Mental Hygiene board, and Louisiana Children’s Museum board.

He has presented around the country on topics including building an early childhood system, designing a state early childhood budget, and the economic impact of child care.

Areas of Expertise

Economic benefits of prevention and the influence of early childhood research on public policy decisions


Ph.D. in mental health policy research, Tulane University
M.P.H. in international maternal and child health, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
M.S.W., Tulane University School of Social Work
B.A. in political science, Duke University


  • Agenda for Children: A Voice for Louisiana’s Children 2009
  • New Orleans CityBusiness: 2009 Health Care Hero
  • Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children: Louisiana Early Childhood Champion 2008
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Louisiana Chapter: Charles M. Vanchiere Child Advocacy Award 2007
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Commissioner’s Award 2007 for Child Abuse Prevention, presented at the 16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana: Champion for Children 2004, Volunteer Leadership


Boothe, A. B., & Nagle, G. A. (2013). A quality start in Louisiana: Early childhood mental health consultation as a primary support in a statewide quality rating and improvement system. Zero to Three, 33(5), 45-51.

Graham, M. A., Nagle, G. A., Wright, C., & Oser, C. (2012). Altering the developmental trajectory of public policy: Three states’ success stories in infant mental health. Zero to Three, 33(2), 66-73.

Gleason, M. M., Heller, S. S., Nagle, G. A., Boothe, A., Keyes, A., & Rice, J. (2012). Mental health screening in child care: Impact of a statewide training session. Early Childhood Research & Practice, 14(2).

Nagle, G. (2012). Building an early childhood budget to support a comprehensive early childhood system in Louisiana. In S. L. Kagan & K. Kauerz (Eds.), Early childhood systems: Transforming early learning. New York: Teachers College Press.

Heller, S. S., Rice, J., Boothe, A., Sidell, M., Vaughn, K., Keyes, A., & Nagle, G. (2012). Social-emotional development, school readiness, teacher-child interactions, and classroom environment. Early Education and Development, 23, 919-944.

Heller, S. S., Boothe, A., Keyes, A., Nagle, G., Sidell, M., & Rice, J. (2011). Implementation of a mental health consultation model and its impact on early childhood teachers’ efficacy and competence. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(2), 143-164.

Nagle, G. A. (2009). The economics of infant mental health. In C. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of infant mental health (3rd ed.). NY: Guilford Press.


Nagle, G., & Dugger, R. (2013, September). Creative and Market-Based Strategies to Fund Investments in Early Childhood. National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood Investment (ReadyNation), Atlanta, GA.

Nagle, G., & Steier, A. (2013, May). Mental Health in Early Childhood: Addressing Adverse Experiences and the Return to Healthy Development. 2013 Harris Forum – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Fox, L., Kaufmann, R., Nagle, G., & Zachik, A. (2013, March). The Promise of Early Childhood Mental Health: Aligning Systems and Policies to Promote the Social Emotional Health of All Children. 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference, Tampa, FL.

Zeanah, C., & Nagle, G. (2012, September). The Science of Brain Development and Implications for Early Childhood Mental Health: Opportunities for Prevention, Early Intervention and Policy Development. Keynote Address: Virginia Early Childhood Mental Health Summit, Richmond, VA.

Keyes, A. W., & Nagle, G. (June, 2012). Focusing on Social-Emotional Development in the Assessment of Quality Early Childhood Education. Presented at Head Start’s 11th Annual National Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Nagle, G. (2012, March). The First Three Years of Life Last Forever: Building an Early Childhood System That Supports Early Childhood Mental Health. Keynote Address: Ninth Annual Addressing Challenging Behavior: National Training Institute on Effective Practices/Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development, Clearwater, FL.

Nagle, G. (2011, December). What is Early Childhood Mental Health? NCSL Early Learning Fellows Program – Next Steps for States in Early Learning: Policy, Research and Innovation, Tampa, FL.

Nagle, G., & Finello, K. M. (2011, September). Opportunities to Infuse Early Childhood Mental Health into Systems: Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems. Project LAUNCH: Innovations in Integrated Early Childhood Systems, Sacramento, CA.

Oser, C., & Nagle, G. (2011, September). To See What Condition our Condition is In…Aligning Child and Family Outcomes Across Early Learning and Development Systems. NECTAC State TA Systems national meeting: Measuring and Improving Child and Family Outcomes, New Orleans, LA.

Nagle, G. (2011, June). Building an Early Childhood System that Supports Early Childhood Mental Health. Keynote Address, Florida Association for Infant Mental Health 10th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Edwards, V., Boyd, D., Miles, K. H., Nagle, G., & Freedberg, L. (2011, April). On the Edge: Are States and Districts Headed Off a Funding Cliff? Education Writers Association 64th National Seminar, New Orleans, LA.

Nagle, G., & Horen, N. (2010, August). It Takes More than One: Multifaceted Approaches for Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Young Children in Child Care Settings. Early Childhood 2010: Innovation for the Next Generation, Washington, DC.