Dr. Costigan, Director, Learning in the Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL) unit, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014. In this role, Dr. Costigan is responsible for leading organizational learning and coordinating institutional knowledge in support of effective and responsive strategies and programs. Dr. Costigan aims to advance a learning orientation that is central to the Foundation’s culture, one in which leadership and staff fully value and recognize learning as a priority, share a common language, and are able to create an atmosphere of trust, curiosity, and exploration. Dr. Costigan previously served as a senior research and evaluation officer for the Foundation’s efforts to ensure that all children and their families have an equal opportunity to attain optimal physical, social, and emotional development and well-being. She has managed a research and evaluation portfolio related to creating healthier school environments and supporting early childhood development. This included research in the areas of social and emotional development, mindfulness and compassion sciences, creating family supports, and adolescent development. In addition, Costigan has supported research related to building community resilience, particularly in the context of achieving equity and addressing impacts of environmental change on health and well-being.
In March, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with AcademyHeath, gathered researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders from across the country to share knowledge around community resilience, a critical aspect of building a Culture of Health.