About the Author
Brenda LaVar, Ph.D. received her Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been employed in the areas of direct services, teaching, administration and consultation for more than 40 years. Dr. LaVar is the Community Relations Administrator for the Wellpath/Montgomery County Mental Health Treatment Facility and is involved in a number of community efforts to improve the provision of behavioral health services in Montgomery, Fort Bend and Harris counties. She is the Vice President of NAMI Greater Houston after having also served as the 1st Vice President of the national Board of NAMI. She was formerly the Assistant to the Director for the Family Success Administration Division and served as one of the Sterling Internal Examiners for Broward County, Florida.