Dr. Linda B. Chamberlain

Homer, Alaska
United States

Focus Areas

Social Justice
Gender-Based Violence
Youth Development
Youth Development


Updated 3/24/13 - Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and champion for health issues related to domestic violence, children exposed to violence, brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical information with diverse audiences while conveying a message of hope and opportunity. Dr. Chamberlain holds faculty appointments at the University of Alaska and Johns Hopkins University. She earned her public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. The author of numerous publications and resources including the Public Health Toolkit, the Amazing Brain booklets for parents, the Reproductive Health and Violence Guidelines, and the national train-the-trainer curriculum on domestic violence for home visitation programs. Awards and recognition for her work include a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, the 2012-2013 Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar and the 2012 Alaska Women of Achievement Award. Living on a rural homestead outside of Homer, Alaska with her husband and sled dog team, she had developed a leadership model called advocacy leadership, incorporating lessons from the trail based on her experiences as a dog musher, that is offered on-line as a graduate course and as interactive training at conferences and with organizations that are striving to work as a team. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Chamberlain, the founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, is an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and implications for brain development. A frequent keynote speaker for the California Attorney General?s Safe from the Start initiative, she works as a consultant for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and holds affiliate faculty appointments at University of Alaska and Johns Hopkins where she did her doctoral research. She earned her MPH degree from Yale School of Medicine, specializing in maternal and child health and is co-chair of the Family Health Working Group for the International Union for Circumpolar Health. The author of numerous publications on family violence, she is editor-in-chief for the e-journal, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice. Dr. Chamberlain has received numerous awards and recognition for her work including a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship. She resides on a rural homestead outside of Homer, Alaska, and uses her dog team to talk to communities about team-building, diversity, and leadership.