MAURA WEIRMAURA WEIR Senior Consultant NewPoint Strategies LLC
Maura Weir is a Senior Consultant with NewPoint Strategies and is currently serving on the NewPoint team on Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Fleet. As Recovery and Wellness Coordinator at a local college in Massachusetts she specializes in health promotion and education for students and the larger community. She is currently providing technical advice in developing alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and protocols for the campus.
Maura is responsible for the development, coordination, and evaluation of campus outreach, awareness, and bystander programming that targets student well-being, healthy relationships, gender-based violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and alcohol and other drug misuse. She is also responsible for promoting, coordinating, and implementing the facilitation of evidence-based alcohol and other drug related prevention programs.
Maura‘s presentations and workshops for all partners and constituents in the college community are always booked to capacity because of her approach and connection with the audience. She is able to use her vast knowledge and humor appropriately to catch the interest of the audience. The feedback is always positive and leave the audience wanting more. These abilities have made her a sought after presenter in many health subjects including suicide prevention, alcohol and drug misuse and Mental Health First Aid.
She is also a seasoned trainer in other evidence based best practice programs including the internationally known Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; CONNECT postvention module, Mental Health First Aid, and Breaking Free from Depression curriculum.
Maura has received citations and awards from state and local levels for her outstanding leadership in the field of suicide prevention and alcohol and drug misuse education. She was the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Award in Suicide Prevention sponsored by the Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention for her dedication and commitment to the topic of suicidology She has also been recognized by the Massachusetts Army National Guard for her well-received training of their Suicide Intervention Officers.
Maura has presented at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) Annual Conference and the European Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behavior. Maura serves on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. She is an active member of AAS and the International Youth Research Committee. She has personally trained over 8,000 people in suicide prevention and alcohol and drug misuse, intervention and recovery work.
Maura is currently working on her Doctorate in Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has received a Master’s in Youth Health and Education Management from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the National University of Ireland.