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. is Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Cipriano is an Applied Developmental and Educational Psychologist, 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. Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience working in classrooms with traditionally underserved student and teacher populations, providing training to teachers and support staff, and direct instruction to students. Dr. Cipriano directs a team of student and faculty researchers committed to improving outcomes for students and teachers in classrooms serving students with diverse learning needs and designs and maintains large-scale basic and applied research studies on: emotions, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional learning, including longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials. She is the Principle Investigator of several funded research to practice projects and regularly disseminate her science in both academic journals and professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service educators and school personnel. A Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Dr. Cipriano received her Ph.D. from Boston College Lynch School of Education, her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and B.A. from Hofstra University Honors College. You can learn more about her career at www.drchriscip.com and ongoing research at www.therelateproject.com.
Joshua Hendrickson, PhD, LCSW
Joshua Hendrickson is a co-founder and Executive Director of Project Presence. He holds a master’s Degree in social work and Ph.D. candidate Mind-Body Medicine.
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, CEO, M.Ed
David Adams, M.Ed, is the Chief Executive Officer 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
Kristen Hopkins is an author, educator, social-entrepreneur, motivational speaker and community impact strategist with over a decade of experience in producing research-based community empowerment programs. Kristen began her work with the award-winning company, Dangers of the Mind (DOM), in 2014 when she published a book of the same title. She later decided to expand DOM into a consultancy and lifestyle brand with a mission to reach, teach and empower future pioneers by helping them recognize and harness their intrinsic power. Since its inception, Kristen has educated over 2500 youth in the United States, Ghana, and Haiti through Dangers of the Mind and she has reached even more participants via DOM’s digital programming including a podcast, virtual coaching, Danger Zone Power Calls, the clothing line, a collective of brand ambassadors and more. Kristen is committed to being the voice advocating for at-promised youth and looks to continue her research, teaching and advocacy work for Social-Emotional responsive resources.
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/.
Christa M, Tinari, MA
Christa M. Tinari, M.A., is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and author in Bullying Prevention, School Climate and SEL. She sat on the working group that contributed to the writing of the NJ Department of Education’s SEL Competencies (2017). Christa is creator of The School Climate Thermometer, a middle level school climate survey, and The Feel & Deal Activity Deck, an emotional intelligence tool for elementary students. She is also co-author of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying. Previously an Adjunct Instructor of Education, a Student Assistance Counselor, and a Director of Educational Programs at a non-profit organization, Christa has worked closely with thousands of diverse populations, including students, parents, and staff at public, private, and charter schools. Internationally, Christa has trained educators in El Salvador (while working with Musicians without Borders), and has provided online instruction in Peace Education and Conflict Resolution to educators and university professors throughout the world. She is a sought-after presenter at major conferences of The American Montessori Society, Association for Middle Level Education, ASCD, Character.org, The International Bullying Prevention Association, The International Congress for Emotional Intelligence and more. Christa holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Christa passionately believes in the power of education to inspire hearts, expand minds, and create a better world! www.peacepraxis.com.
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..
Susan E. Rivers, Ph.D
Susan E. Rivers, PhD, a social psychologist, is an expert in social and emotional learning. She earned her doctorate at Yale University where she served on the research faculty in the Department of Psychology and co-founded the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and several social and emotional learning curricula for preschool through middle school grades. She currently serves as Executive Director and Chief Scientist of iThrive Games at Centerstone Research Institute. iThrive Games is a nonprofit committed to empowering youth to thrive using great games. Susan oversees the strategic direction for iThrive Games and fosters the development of programs and a cooperative ecosystem of youth, game developers, researchers, parents, mental health experts, and investors and donors. She uses her expertise in emotional intelligence to enhance the social and emotional well-being of adolescents by accelerating the development and widespread adoption of interactive, evidence-based digital products. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband and three children.
Luvelle Brown, PhD
Dr. Luvelle Brown is Superintendent of Ithaca City School District and author of Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive Organizational Culture. Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognitions. TrustED lists the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year as one of the nation’s top educators and thought leaders. He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 innovative Superintendents. Additionally, Dr. Brown has served on the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ (NYSCOSS) Executive Committee, The School Superintendents’ Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.
Mona Potter, MD
Mona Potter, MD, is medical director of McLean’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services including the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, School Consultation Service, and Adolescent DBT Outpatient Service. Dr. Potter has particular interest in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders, OCD, mood disorders, and borderline personality disorder, with a focus on collaboration with schools. Prior to her current role, she served as the medical director for the 3East Cambridge Residence and The Landing at McLean Hospital®. Dr. Potter is extensively trained in a range of evidence-based therapies, including medication evaluation and management, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).
Blaise Aguirre, MD
Blaise Aguirre, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a trainer in, and specializes in, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) as well as other treatments such as mentalization-based treatment (MBT) for borderline personality disorder and associated conditions. He is the founding medical director of 3East continuum of care, an array of programs for teens which use DBT to target self-endangering behaviors as well as the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits. Dr. Aguirre has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital since 2000 and is nationally and internationally recognized for his extensive work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents. He lectures regularly throughout the world. Dr. Aguirre is the author or co-author of many books including Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder, Coping with BPD, and Fighting Back.
Joseph Ferrito, Psy.D.
Dr. Joseph (J.J.) Ferrito is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist in New Jersey. Dr. Ferrito has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across a variety of levels of care including schools, outpatient therapy clinics, intensive outpatient treatment programs, partial hospitalization programs, residential treatment centers, and inpatient hospital settings. Presently, he works full time in a program for at-risk high school students through Perth Amboy Public schools and part-time as a private practitioner at the Center for Child and Family Development in Morristown, NJ. Dr. Ferrito earned his Doctorate in Applied Psychology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He completed an APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego California. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Hackensack University Medical Center during which he received advanced training in the recognition, treatment, and assessment of risk associated with child abuse and maltreatment, as well as earned additional certifications through Montclair State University in Civil and Family Forensic Psychology and Criminal Forensic Psychology. Dr. Ferrito’s research has focused on sustainable methods for fostering resilience and assessing Social Emotional Learning and Character Development (SECD) in children and adolescents. He co-authored several articles on SECD and co-authored a book on the topic with Dr. Maurice Elias and Dr. Dominic Mocceri (The Other Side of the Report Card).
Jill D Brown
Jill Brown is the founder of Generation Text Online, a company that offers programs that teach 21st -Century learners about internet safety; digital citizenship; conflict resolution and provides the tools to eliminate cyberbullying and bullying. The architecture of these programs provides professional development, as well as age specific curricula for K - 12 empowering each individual to navigate the dangers and pitfalls of the internet and social media. By equipping her audience with the tools to understand how emotions drive decisions, presenting real-life examples, and providing experiential learning through interactive curricula, audiences are able to learn a thinking process that guides them in avoiding dangerous situations and solving problems. Jill Brown and Generation Text Online is well known at the university level within student services, providing mental and emotional wellness curricula, designing mentor programs and supporting education candidates with the Generation Text Online approach.
Ms. Frundt has been actively raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) since 2000. A high profile national advocate on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and a survivor of CSEC, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed to helping other children and women who are living through experiences similar to her own. She has been featured on numerous national shows and publications, including the OWN Network’s Our America with Lisa Ling: 3AM Girls, which featured an undercover look into sex trafficking in Washington, DC, the CNN Freedom Project, and in 2016 the Whitney Young Unsung Heroes award by the Urban Institute. In 2010, she became the first U.S. citizen to receive the Free the Slaves Freedom Awards-Frederick Douglas Award, which recognizes survivors of sex trafficking who use their life in freedom to help others. She is the founder and executive director of Courtney’s House, which provides direct services for domestic sex trafficked youth, ages 11 – 21 in Prince George’s County and the Washington, DC. metro area. Since its inception, Courtney’s House and Ms. Frundt have helped over 650 survivor’s transition out of their trafficking situation.
Phylicia is a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Masters of Arts in Global Affairs & Human Security from the University of Baltimore in 2016. Ms. Henry began her professional career in local and state politics. In 2011, she began her tenure in the Maryland General Assembly with a political internship in the office of Prince George’s County State Delegate Melony Griffith (D-25). Later, she served full time as a community outreach liaison for the Prince George’s County Councilmember Karen R. Toles (D-7). She returned to the Maryland General Assembly in 2014 and served in the office of Speaker to the House, Michael Busch and State Senator Joan Carter Conway, Chair of the Education Health & Environmental Health Committee, as a Legislative Aide and ended her tenure as Chief of Staff to Prince George’s County Delegate Darryl Barnes (D-25) in 2017. Phylicia now serves as the Director of Operations at Courtney’s House, an anti - trafficking service provider for children and youth forced into prostitution. As the only African American and survivor run non - profit in the North Atlantic region, Courtney’s House provides free, long term holistic direct supportive services to the DMV’s most vulnerable children and youth.
Dr. Nancy Lewin is the Executive Director of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) and has served in a variety of positions over her 23-year career, including Special Education Director and Chief Academic Officer with Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia, Adjunct Professor with University of St. Thomas in Houston, School Administrator with Alief Independent School District, and Bilingual Teacher with Houston Independent School District. She has vast experience with ESL, bilingual education, dual language, STEM, career technology education, gifted and special education programs. Dr. Lewin has extensive experience in both urban and rural public school settings and has worked to close the achievement gap and prepare students for college and career pathways. Her support for students includes emphasis on implementation of Multi-Tiered Support Strategies and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) has led to changing the academic trajectories of many students. She believes in mitigating the factors that all too often lead to students dropping out of school.
Dr. Cherie Azodi grew interested in the field of psychology out of a desire to better understand the human developmental milestones such as when a child learns speak, read, track, and to grow relatively to their peers, and its effect on family relationships. Equipped with a degree in arts, she made a deep dive into the field, taking specialized graduate courses in applied neuroscience and professional training at Cambridge College. It wasn’t long until she was working in academic settings with children who needed a more hands-on learning approach, such as those with autism, ADD, ADHD, learning disorders, and anxiety. She wrote behavioral interventions and training for students, teachers, and parents alike to help these students learn new skills and take these skills home. Dr. Azodi would then pursue a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Psychology and Doctoral in Applied clinical Psychology.
Dr. Azodi continued on to complete her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the County of Orange Crisis Stabilization Center (CSU), working with the assistant center director and her multidisciplinary team to provide intervention, linkage, referrals, individual consultations, and after care planning. She continues to work with adolescents and adults as a psychotherapist, and works across various levels of care including schools and outpatient clinics. Dr. Azodi has been certified by County of Orange to commit clients to 5051 if necessary . Dr. Azodi currently manages the County of Orange’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) center for clients with co-occurring disorders and employs best practices to meet these patients’ complex needs.
Dr. Azodi is the founder of ClickTalk Counseling and approaches clients with a holistic view of their problems, offering personal consultation, counseling, resources, and interventions to individuals, groups, and organizations. ClickTalk Counseling provides professional staff training family for those who may need to deepen their understanding of mental health and substance abuse.
Travis Pantiel is a licensed mental health counselor and national board-certified counselor practicing in Tampa, Florida. Travis has experience working with a variety of populations and treatment approaches, with specialized training and expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders as well as complex trauma related disorders. Travis has experience providing professional training and development for large care organizations while working in administrative roles as well as providing community care in direct support roles. Travis has advanced certifications as a Master Level Certified Addiction Professional as well as Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Travis received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University as well as actively pursuing his doctorate degree in Integrated Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.
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