Last Name

Joan L.Bragar, EdD

TitleAdjunct Clinical Associate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
Address97 Anderer Lane, U.102
Boston MA 02132
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  • Dr. Bragar has over twenty-five years of experience developing leadership programs that support organizations to produce results in the public and private sectors around the world. She has designed leadership development programs for global companies including LG Group and General Electric. Her clients have included the Ministries of Health in Egypt, Tanzania, Afghanistan, and Kenya. She developed the “Leadership Development Program” (LDP) for managers at all levels of health systems. This program, designed for Management Sciences for Health, empowers managers to lead teams to face challenges and achieve measurable health service results, including reductions in maternal mortality. The LDP has been implemented in more than 45 countries. Dr. Bragar is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University School of Public Health where she teaches leading for results in public health to masters and doctoral-level students. She served as Academic Director for the Leading High Performing Healthcare Organizations program at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya and has taught leadership at medical and nursing schools across Egypt. She is the lead author of an award-winning book, Managers who Lead- A Handbook for Improving Health Services. In 2013 she published Leading for Results. Education Harvard University, Doctorate in Education, 1990, Research on high performing leaders Harvard University, Masters in Education, 1985, Cross cultural studies Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, 1976, History of Science Employment History Boston University School of Public Health, 2005 – present. Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department. Teaching leadership to masters and doctoral level students. Received Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2010 -2014. Boston Center for Leadership Development, Principal, 2007- present. Coaching high performers to lead for results. Designing and delivering leadership development programs for non-profit and corporate clients. Developed and leads a results-focused leadership program for all scientists and managers at a cancer research biotech in Cambridge, Ma. Management Sciences for Health,. 2000-2007. Director of Leadership Development. Directing leadership development projects, programs and publications for health care managers and organizations in the developing world. Leadership Consultant and Coach 1998-2000. Providing executive coaching and leadership education to corporate clients, including the leadership team of Mellon Financial Corporation and the leadership team of the National Operations Center of Equitable Insurance Co. Adjunct Professor of Leadership Development 1994-2000, Teaching “Leadership” to graduate-level managers in Boston area colleges and universities, including Babson Graduate School of Business, Hult International University Masters in Business Program, and the Arthur D. Little School of Management. Arthur D. Little School of Management, Director “Learning for Leadership Program,” Innovations Associates. Senior Consultant, 1993-1997. Designed and delivered programs on leadership and organizational learning for corporate managers in Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, U.K. and Germany. The Forum Corporation, Boston, Ma. Director of Research, 1988-1993. Designed and conducted large-scale research projects on leadership, influence, and customer focus, which became the foundation of leadership training programs that were delivered around the world to managers in Fortune 500 corporations.
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  1. Seims LR, Alegre JC, Murei L, Bragar J, Thatte N, Kibunga P, Cheburet S. Strengthening management and leadership practices to increase health-service delivery in Kenya: an evidence-based approach. Hum Resour Health. 2012; 10(1):25. PMID: 22931468.
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  2. Bragar, Joan. Applying Organizational Learning to Health Challenges in the Developing World. Reflections: The SoL Journal on Knowledge, Learning, and Change, 2014 Volume 13 Number 3., J. 2013. Leading for Results, Five Practices to Use in your Personal and Professional Life. Bloomington. I-Universe.Seims, Bragar, et al.: Strengthening management and leadership practices to increase health-service delivery in Kenya: an evidence-based approach. Human Resources for Health 2012 10:25. Bragar Mansour et al. Scaling up proven public health interventions through a locally owned and sustained leadership development programme in rural Upper Egypt. Human Resources for Health 2010 8:1. Bragar Mansour, et al. Managers who Lead, A Handbook for Improving Health Services, Management Sciences for Health, Cambridge, Ma. 2005Bragar, J. “Developing Managers Who Lead”. The Manager, Management Sciences for Heatlh, Cambridge MA, 2000.Johnson K, Bragar J. Principles of Adult Learning: A Multi-Paradigmatic Model. In: Dills CR, Romiszowski AJ, editors. Instructional Development Paradigms. Englewood Cliffs (NJ): Educational Technology Publications; 1997.Bragar, J. “Accelerating Shared Learning for Business Results”, Prism, Arthur D. Little Publications, Cambridge, MA, 1996.Bragar, J. “The Customer-Focused Quality Leader” Quality Progress Journal, 1993.