Rethink SEL Experts
Tia Navelene Barnes, PhD
Tia Navelene Barnes, Ph.D., is a social emotional learning researcher. As a former educator of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), Dr. Barnes' research interests focus on creating environments where students with emotional and behavioral challenges can thrive. Dr. Barnes received her doctorate in August 2013 from the University of Florida where she majored in special education with an emphasis on emotional and/or behavioral disorders and minored in research and evaluation methodology. She then worked at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where her work focused on classroom environment for students with EBD and examining social emotional learning through a culturally responsive lens. She has published work in several journals including Infant and Child Development, the Journal of School Violence, Aggression and Violent Behavior, and Education and Treatment of Children. She loves engaging with educators and feels that supporting educators is key to supporting student success. Read more
Christina Cipriano, PhD. Ed. M.
Christina Cipriano, Ph.D. Ed. M., is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, and Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, and her research focuses on serving vulnerable youth through systematic examination of the interactions within their homes, schools, and communities to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes. She is currently an Assistant Professor, Service Learning Fellow, and Community Engaged Research Scholar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. You can learn more about her science at www.drchriscip.com and her practice at www.therelateproject.com.
Joshua Hendrickson, LMSW, PhD
Joshua Hendrickson is a co-founder and Executive Director of Project Presence. He holds a master’s Degree in social work and is a Ph.D. candidate in Mind-Body Medicine.www.projectpresence.org
Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., PhD
Dr. Joseph Erardi, presently an executive board member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recently retired after 40 years of service to CT children. Dr. Erardi served as a school superintendent for 20 years and spent the last four years of his career leading the rebuild and recovery of the Newtown, CT school district. Dr. Erardi continues to make a difference in the lives of children by speaking across the country on school safety and consulting on best practice with security, social emotional learning, and positive climate and culture. Dr. Erardi has been named as the CT Supt of the Year (2017), the CT PTA Supt of the Year (2016), and the outstanding CT Administrator of the year by both the University of Hartford and Central CT State University. Dr. Erardi remains active in education as an adjunct professor in the CT State University System and by working with numerous Boards of Education as they look to hire their new superintendent.
Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, BCBA-D
Patricia has a passion for education and advocacy and has dedicated her career to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are fully-included in society. Her personal mission is to offer the support that makes it possible for people with disabilities to lead meaningful, happy and productive lives. In her current role as Vice President of Professional Services with the educational technology company Rethink, she works to ensure products are implemented effectively, promoting quality outcomes for individuals living with disabilities. Prior to joining Rethink Patricia was the National Director of Autism Services for Easter Seals one of the largest social service providers to those living with autism. Patricia began her career as a special educator and has provided consultative services to educators and healthcare providers. Wright's expertise as an educator and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst inform her individualized approach to creating effective intervention plans. She knows that early diagnosis and intervention offer the best outcomes but is a proponent of appropriate treatment at any age. Everyone has the ability to learn. Patricia frequently presents at conferences and is been invited to deliver workshops and presentations nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Organization for Autism Research's Scientific Council and has served on the Executive Committee for the Friends of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Patricia completed her PhD and MPH at the University of Hawaii with a research focus on educator utilization of evidence-based practices and health care access for people with disabilities. Her MA was awarded from San Francisco State University.
Chris Whalen, PhD
Dr. Christina Whalen, Director of Research, is a psychologist and behavior analyst and lives in La Jolla, CA. At Rethink Ed, she is the primary author of Tier 3 curriculum for Social Emotional Learning and assists with the development of professional development videos for educators. She has over 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs. She is the author of the book Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments and has presented at numerous education, behavior analysis, and psychology conferences. Dr. Whalen was the initial founder and creator of TeachTown, a computer-assisted behavior analysis intervention for children with developmental disorders. She also worked for various clinics, schools, and research programs. She received her PhD from University of California, San Diego and did post-doctoral training at UCLA and University of Washington.
Amanda M. Cannarella, PhD
Amanda Cannarella has a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology and is the founder of be.loved. be.loved's mission is to provide full-spectrum and full-service support to expecting, new, and growing families. As an expert in child development and a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula, I provide families with the emotional, practical, and informational support they need at each stage of their child’s development. Uniting the head and the heart allows parents to be confident, prepared, effective, and awesome in all they do. www.belovedboston.com
David Adams, M.Ed
Director of Social and Emotional Learning UrbanAssembly.org David is the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at The Urban Assembly. He previously served as the Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator for District 75 where he shaped the District's approach to social-emotional learning for students with severe cognitive and behavioral challenges. He has worked internationally in schools in England, standing up and evaluating programs of positive behavioral supports and Social-Emotional Learning as a research intern at Yale University’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Lab, and published multiple academic papers around the relationship of social-emotional competence, and student academic and behavioral outcomes. He is married with two children and is an Engineering Officer in the Army Reserve. David holds an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from Fordham University. UrbanAssembly.org
Kristen Hopkins, CEO/ Author, Dangers of the Mind
Author, professional speaker, curriculum developer and change agent, whose mission is to raise up future pioneers that will harness their internal power and catapult into their rightful purpose. Kristen's mission which is "To reach, teach and build a strong system of future pioneers that will be able to harness their internal power and catapult them into their rightful purpose." dangersofthemind.com
Maurice J. Elias, PhD
Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is a professor and former director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers University. He is also director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (www.secdlab.org), academic director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service (engage.rutgers.edu) and founding member of the Leadership Team for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Dr. Elias lectures nationally and internationally and devotes his research and writing to the area of social-emotional and character development in children, schools, and families. He is a licensed psychologist and writes a blog on social-emotional and character development for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at www.edutopia.org. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Ellen, near their children and grandchildren. Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D Professor of Psychology at Rutgers., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D Director for Center of Child and Family development are the authors of several books including: Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.
Steven Tobias, Psy.D.
Steven Tobias, Psy.D., is the director of the Center for Child and Family Development in Morristown, New Jersey. He has over thirty years of experience working with children, parents, families, and schools. Dr. Tobias feels a strong commitment to children’s social and emotional development and provides consultation to schools as a way of reaching many children, including those who are underserved in terms of their social and emotional needs. He has coauthored several books with Dr. Maurice Elias, including Emotionally Intelligent Parenting and Raising Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers. He has given lectures throughout the United States on topics related to parenting and children’s emotional development. Dr. Tobias lives in New Jersey. Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D Professor of Psychology at Rutgers., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D Director for Center of Child and Family development are the authors of several books including: Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students and Emotionally Intelligent Parenting.
Chad Rose, PhD
Chad A. Rose, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri, and the Director of the Mizzou Ed Bully Prevention Lab. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. Dr. Rose’s research focuses on the intersection of disability labels and special education services within the bullying dynamic, unique predictive and protective factors associated with bullying involvement among students with disabilities, and bully prevention efforts within a multi-tiered educational framework. Since 2009, Rose has authored or co-authored several articles or book chapters that directly address bullying, challenging behaviors, or assessment. Recently, Dr. Rose was a co-investigator on a NICHD grant exploring the longitudinal influence of online racial discrimination and general victimization on adolescent adjustment, principal investigator on a large-scale, cross-sectional study investigating the predictive nature of social-ecological factors on the involvement of students with disabilities in the bullying dynamic, and principal investigator on a NICHD LRP project that examined the use of a targeted social skills curriculum as a vehicle to reduce bullying involvement among youth with or at-risk for disability identification. Dr. Rose was the recipient of the 2015 Alberti Center Early Career Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bully Abuse Prevention. https://education.missouri.edu/person/chad-rose/.
Chrita M, Tinari, MA
Christa M. Tinari, M.A., is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and peacebuilder. She provides educational consulting on bullying prevention, social-emotional learning, and school climate improvement, to schools and organizations across the country. Christa is creator of The Feel & Deal Activity Deck, an empathy-building tool for children used on six continents. Co-author Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying. She frequently presents at conferences such as AMLE, ASCD, and the International Bullying Prevention Association. Christa passionately believes in the power of education to inspire hearts and expand minds. .
Meredith Nadeau, M.Ed., CAGS
Meredith Nadeau has worked as a paraprofessional, middle school English teacher, special educator, and as a school and district administrator over the last 25 years. She is currently a Superintendent of Schools in New Hampshire. Meredith is a parent of two amazing daughters and is completing her doctorate in Special Education at Boston University. Her research interests include a focus on students with emotional and behavioral challenges. .
Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., PhD
Dr. Joseph Erardi, presently an executive board member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recently retired after 40 years of service to CT children. Dr. Erardi served as a school superintendent for 20 years and spent the last four years of his career leading the rebuild and recovery of the Newtown, CT school district. Dr. Erardi continues to make a difference in the lives of children by speaking across the country on school safety and consulting on best practice with security, social emotional learning, and positive climate and culture. Dr. Erardi has been named as the CT Supt of the Year (2017), the CT PTA Supt of the Year (2016), and the outstanding CT Administrator of the year by both the University of Hartford and Central CT State University. Dr. Erardi remains active in education as an adjunct professor in the CT State University System and by working with numerous Boards of Education as they look to hire their new superintendent..