Executive Director, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Quinn received her undergraduate degree in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Quinn completed her residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center in the Boston Combined Residency Program in 2004. She is a board certified pediatrician and worked in private practice for six years prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012.
Blair Hammond, MD
Co-Founding Director and Director of Medical EducationFull Bio
Blair Hammond, MD
Co-Founding Director and Director of Medical Education
Co-Founding Director and Director of Medical Education, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Dr. Blair Hammond is a board certified pediatrician who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Dartmouth College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also completed her medical training at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society. She pursued a residency training in Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and received the Clinician-Educator Award. Dr. Hammond completed a medical education fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was the Pediatric Clerkship and Sub-Internship Course Director from 2006-2017. In 2008, Dr. Hammond founded the General Pediatrics Faculty Practice where she still practices today. In 2010, she was awarded the Mount Sinai Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Hammond is now the Co-Founding Director and Director of Medical Education for the Mount Sinai Parenting Center. Dr. Hammond continues to be involved in medical student and resident education in addition to her general pediatric practice. She lives with her husband and 3 children in Westchester.
Aliza W. Pressman, PhD
Co-Founding Director and Director of Clinical ProgrammingFull Bio
Aliza W. Pressman, PhD
Co-Founding Director and Director of Clinical Programming
Co-Founding Director and Director of Clinical Programming, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Pressman is the co-founder of the SeedlingsGroup, a New York City and Los Angeles parent education group that uses evidence-based research and information to educate and guide families about their developing children. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, her M.A. in Risk, Resilience and Prevention from the Department of Human Development at Teacher’s College, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Pressman is certified in parent management training from the Yale Parenting Center.
Program Director, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ms. Benjamin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City with over 10 years of experience at Mount Sinai Medical Center working with families and children. She received her B.A. and B.S. summa cum laude from Northwestern University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. In addition to serving as the Program Director at the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, she is on faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health. She is certified in parent management training from the Yale Parenting Center and is a trained facilitator of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.
Director of Research, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Horace W. Goldsmith Professor in Children’s Health Research, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Wright received a Bachelor of Science in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and she obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1989, graduating Cum Laude. Following medical school, Dr. Wright completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. She then returned to Boston to complete fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As part of this training, Dr. Wright obtained a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, she joined the clinical faculty at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the research faculty at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where she remained on the faculty until she was recruited to The Mount Sinai Hospital as Vice Chair of Clinical & Translational Research in the Department of Pediatrics in August 2012.
Associate Director of Operations, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Caitlin comes to the Parenting Center after six years working in tech, where she managed multi-million dollar projects helping health systems implement electronic health record software. Caitlin brings her knowledge of project management and budget maintenance, and experience working in large health systems to the Parenting Center to assist with operational management. Caitlin graduated from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude with a degree in Economics.
Stacey has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector working directly with children and caregivers. With a background in community outreach and education, she is passionate about The Parenting Center’s mission to strengthen early child development. Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Binghamton University, with a special focus on Children, Youth, & Families.
Sarah comes to the Parenting Center after working in Washington DC, for a lobbying firm on legislative efforts for national public health issues. Her strong interest in family support services and child wellbeing are a perfect match with the Parenting Center’s core focus and mission. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Andrews.
Research Coordinator, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Sherika recently graduated Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science focused on Biology and Society. She wishes to combine her training in biology with perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on the social, political and ethical aspects of modern biology. The Parenting Center’s mission allows her to combine her passion for children and desire to explore the field of biological research.
Dan Iwrey comes to the Parenting Center after serving as an Education & Engagement Specialist with the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board where he implemented Ethics compliance training for municipal employees and government officials. Dan brings his extensive experience as an actor, writer and comedian to his work as an educator and continues to perform regularly. He holds a BFA in Music Theater from Tulane University and a Masters in Music from the Steinhardt School at New York University.
Herbert H. Lehman Professor of Pediatrics and System Chair, Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Health System
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai
Dr. Satlin received her MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Babies Hospital of Columbia University and a Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. At the Icahn School of Medicine, as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology (1997-2010), Dr. Satlin built an internationally respected academic division and an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship training program, which has attracted both physician and research trainees interested in clinical nephrology and basic/translational research related to developmental nephrology, respectively. She runs an active NIH-supported laboratory that serves as a national “Single Tubule Physiology Core” as part of an O’Brien Renal Research Center, focused on defining the mechanisms leading to the acquisition, maintenance and regulation of transepithelial transport in the renal collecting duct. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Satlin has served as President of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and Councilor of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. She is Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology, and has participated in many study sections and grant-review groups for the NIH and the American Heart Association.
Vice Chair for Administration, Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Health System
Freda Burstyn is the Vice Chair for Administration for the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Health System. She provides leadership and is responsible for the strategic planning, development and implementation of initiatives for the Pediatric program. She plays an integral role in analyzing and setting priorities in collaboration with the Mount Sinai President’s Office and Leadership in the Mount Sinai Health System that will further expand operations for the Department, sustain improvement and direct success for the future. Ms. Burstyn’s role builds upon almost two decades of achievements at Mount Sinai where she now brings a wealth of executive management and leadership expertise to the forefront. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Ms. Burstyn is a member of the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics.
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science; and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Associate Director, Department of Social Work Services, Mount Sinai Health System
Ms. Walther has over 30 years of clinical experience providing clinical social work services to women and children as well as managing a staff of over 35 pediatric social workers who specialize in the provision of population-based, comprehensive psychosocial services to children and families. Pediatric social work services include care coordination, behavioral and mental health service provision, advocacy and supportive counseling. Ms. Walther’s particular clinical expertise is working with children and families coping with chronic childhood illnesses, many of which are life-shortening. She writes and oversees numerous clinical service grants which enhance psychosocial services to children and their family members.
Senior Director of Development for Children’s Health and Translational Research, Mount Sinai Health System
At Mount Sinai, Ms. Sohn partners with individual donors, boards, physicians and scientists to match vital resources with the initiatives that need them, powering advancements in science and medicine for children, families and adults. Ms. Sohn has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years with a focus on organizations that take a targeted approach to improving the lives of children and families. She has had the privilege of working with the Parenting Center since its inception.
Director of Development for Children’s Health, Mount Sinai Health System
Caryn Karo works with physician-scientists, grateful patient families, and community members to advance pediatric research and clinical care at Mount Sinai through philanthropic partnerships. Ms. Karo received her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and her master’s degree at UCLA. She has more than 10 years of experience in development with higher education, community, and healthcare organizations.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Mogilner is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She directs the pediatric resident Advocacy and Community Pediatrics rotation. Dr. Mogilner is founder and director of Reach Out and Read (ROR) at Mount Sinai, an early childhood literacy program based in the pediatric outpatient department which distributes over 15,000 books per year to patients and teaches parents about the importance of early childhood literacy. Dr. Mogilner serves as Medical Director for Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, a coalition of over 200 ROR programs in the greater New York area. Dr. Mogilner also oversees programs in the practice designed to address childhood obesity and food insecurity. She is a principal investigator on the POWERfood study, a project designed to provide families struggling with obesity and food insecurity with vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Mogilner is a member of the AAP Council on Early Childhood Early Literacy Subcommittee and is Co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association Advocacy Special Interest Group.
Debra and Leon Black Professor and Division Chief of General Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Health System
Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translation Research, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Wilson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Master’s in Public Health, and medical degree with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Academic General Pediatric fellowship also at the University of Rochester. Her primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of illness in children hospitalized for respiratory illness, and how to improve outcomes in hospitalized children. Dr. Wilson has an R01 from NCI to study an inpatient parent smoking cessation intervention, and she is one of the Principal Investigators and on the Speaker’s Bureau of the AAP/Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, which is dedicated to eliminating children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. In addition, she is the Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Research Committee, and sits on their Board of Directors. Dr. Wilson is also the Chair Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network Executive Council, and Deputy Editor of Hospital Pediatrics.
Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chairman’s Chair in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Brodman is a nationally renowned pelvic surgeon. He received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellowship in Pelvic Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been a member of the faculty since then. Dr. Brodman has gained national recognition as a physician/educator in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has been a member of both the Council on Resident Education in OB/GYN (CREOG), and the Association of Professors in OB/GYN (APGO). Prior to assuming the chairmanship, Dr. Brodman was the director of the Division of Gynecology and the Residency Program Director. He also served as the Vice-chairman for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Brodman has promote the new sub-specialty of Urogynecology. and Mount Sinai is one of the few centers nationwide that has an accredited Fellowship in this field. He has received the APGO/CREOG Award for Teaching Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Mount Sinai Departmental Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and the Nursing Award for Physician of the Year at Mount Sinai. Dr. Brodman has been named a Castle-Connolly/New York Magazine Top Doctor and a New York Times Magazine Super Doctor annually for the past 10 years. He serves on the Board of the International Organization for Women and Development, a group that travels to Niger to perform fistula repair surgery. He is also a Board Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Health System
Dr. Boal received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and his undergraduate degree from McGill University, Montreal. A board-certified internist with additional certification in geriatrics, Dr. Boal began his career at Mount Sinai Medical Center as a medical resident in 1994. He joined the faculty of the School of Medicine, where he served as Vice Chair for strategic planning and faculty practice services for the Department of Medicine. He was also Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mount Sinai’s Visiting Doctors Program, which provides in-home primary care to more than 1,000 homebound people each year. Dr. Boal has also served as Chief Medical Officer for the North Shore LIJ Health System and as Medical Director of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has received many awards and honors for his work including The Alexander Richman Commemorative Award in Humanism and Ethics in Medicine from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Humanism and Medicine Award from Mount Sinai, and the Edward Meilman Community Service Award from the UJA Foundation of NY.
Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Bronwyn Becker Charlton, Ph.D., Co-Founder of SeedlingsGroup, received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University and was a research scientist at New York University’s Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education. Dr. Charlton has published findings from her research on parenting and child development in journals and books, and lectured at professional conferences, schools, and public workshops. She is certified in parent management training from the Yale Parenting Center. Dr. Charlton provides parenting support and developmental information to low-income mothers at Room To Grow, a direct-service program in New York City. She is on the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Pediatrics. Find out more at http://www.seedlingsgroup.com/
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Pediatric Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair for Education for the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Forman began his training at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and received the New England Pediatric Society Prize. Dr. Forman then served as Pediatric intern, resident and chief resident at Mount Sinai Hospital where he received the Association of Attending Staff/ Bella Trachtenberg Award for House Staff Excellence. Subsequently, he joined the general pediatrics faculty at Mount Sinai. Dr. Forman served as Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Director from 1996-2002. In 2002, he took over as Pediatric Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair for Education. He and Dr. Philip J. Landrigan worked together to create a Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at Mount Sinai. Dr. Forman is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health and a member of the CDC Lead in Pregnancy Workgroup.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Malbari received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from New York University and her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society upon graduation. She completed her Pediatric Residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was the recipient of the Donald and Irwin Gribetz Excellence in Primary Care Award at the end of her training. She was selected as Chief Resident of the Pediatric Residency program at Mount Sinai, for which she completed a 1 year assignment. Dr. Malbari is a board certified pediatrician who is appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to patient care, Dr. Malbari focuses her work on medical student and pediatric resident education. She serves on the Family Advisory Council for the Kravis Children’s Hospital at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Social Worker, Department of Women and Children’s Services, Mount Sinai Hospital
Laudy Burgos, LCSW is a Social Worker in the Women and Children’s Division at Mount Sinai Hospital. In this capacity she provides case management and mental health services to pregnant women. Her specialty areas are teen pregnancy and postpartum depression. She is also the coordinator for the Prenatal Partnership program where she has primary responsibility for advising the medical student leaders as well as overseeing all referrals to the program. Laudy has presented at various national and international social work conferences and is the co-author of “The Inner City Asthma Intervention Asthma Counselor program: A Collaborative Model between Physician and Social Worker to Help Empower Families”. She also works as a consultant for several foster care agencies in New York City.
Laudy is currently on faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Columbia University, School of Social Work and Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Services. She is a graduate of the New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Director, Lautenberg Laboratory for Environmental Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Robert Wright is a pediatrician, epigeneticist, and environmental epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Ethel H Wise Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health (Formerly the Department of Preventive Medicine), Director of the new Institute for Exposomic Research and Principal Investigator of an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort in Mexico City (Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stress–PROGRESS) in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico that addresses the impact of poverty and violence as modifiers of chemical toxicity. He also founded the (Metals Assessment Targeting Community Health) MATCH study in Tar Creek, Oklahoma, a community based participatory research study on health disparities, traditional cultural practices and chemical exposures in partnership with several Native American Tribal organizations. Both cohorts also assess the role of environmental chemical mixtures on child health and development. Dr Wright’s work has evolved into the field of “exposomics”. Exposomics is the study of all human exposures (chemical, physical, nutritional, social) from conception to death. While ambitious, exposomics research is the key to understanding how disease develops and will be critical to developing measures to prevent and treat the common diseases that continue to increase in prevalence (ADHD, autism, asthma, learning disabilities, obesity etc). This mixtures work was the prelude to his establishing the Exposomics Research Institute.
He has published over 200 research studies, and on numerous national committee/advisory boards, such as the EPA scientific advisory board, the CDC National Center on Environmental Health Board of Scientific Councilors, the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and various National Academy of Sciences Committees. Dr. Wright founded and directs the Senator Frank Lautenberg Laboratory of Environmental Health Sciences at Mount Sinai. Since taking over as department chair, Mount Sinai’s NIH funding in Environmental Health has tripled, even in an era of shrinking federal budgets for research. He also established the new NIH designated Environmental Health Center: the Transdisciplinary Center on Health Effects from Early Environmental Exposures, making Mount Sinai one of just 22 designated research centers of excellence in environmental health and the first time NIH has designated MSSM as an environmental health center of excellence since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern University, as well as the following fellowships: Emergency Medicine, (Brown University), Medical Toxicology (Harvard University), Environmental Epidemiology, (Harvard University) and Genetic Epidemiology (Harvard University). He studies chemical mixtures, exposomics, and the role of genetics/epigenetics in modifying or mediating chemical toxicity. Prior to joining Mount Sinai in 2012 he was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Superfund Research Center.
Dr. LoPachin focuses on maximizing patient safety and preventing patient harm; creating collaborative relationships among medical, nursing, and administrative leaders and teams; and guiding the medical staff to deliver the best possible service to our patients.
From 2014-2016, Dr. LoPachin served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of The Mount Sinai Hospital. In this role, Dr. LoPachin championed many successful safety and quality initiatives, including serious adverse event responses, hospital throughput improvements, excess day reductions, reducing hospital-acquired infections and decreasing sepsis mortality. Prior to serving as Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. LoPachin was the Medical Director of the North Shore University Hospital, part of the Northwell Health System.
Dr. LoPachin began her career at Mount Sinai as a Resident in Internal Medicine. She served as Chief Resident and then was an Internal Medicine faculty member for more than a decade. Demonstrating leadership early in her career, Dr. LoPachin served in many capacities, including Lead Physician Advisor and Medical Director of Case Management, Chair of the Utilization Review Committee, member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Board, and President of the Association of Attending Staff.
Dr. LoPachin is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Medical Quality, the American College of Physician Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and she is an Invited Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is also a committee member of the New York chapter of the American College of Physicians Quality Task Force.
Dr. LoPachin received her MBA with distinction in Health Service Management from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. She earned her MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Diane Adams is the Chief Learning Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, which consists of 38,000 employees, 7 hospitals, a school of medicine and an extensive ambulatory care network.
In this role, she provides leadership around the enterprise-wide talent strategy and the design and execution of educational solutions for the workforce. Since joining Mount Sinai, Diane has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles, including a faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Chief of the Division of Newborn Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
Director of Newborn Services, Mount Sinai Health System
Program Director, Mount Sinai’s Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine
In addition to attending in the NICU at Mount Sinai, Dr. Stroustrup heads a research program exploring the impact of hospital-based environmental exposures on multi-system long-term outcomes related to prematurity. Her multidisciplinary research interests span the fields of children’s environmental health, perinatal epidemiology, neonatology, and neurodevelopment.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital
Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital
Medical Student Clerkship Site Director, Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital
Dr. Raphan received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
She completed her medical degree with a distinction in research from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She continued on at Mount Sinai for her Pediatric Residency training and Chief Resident year and was the recipient of the Donald and Irwin Gribetz Excellence in Primary Care Award. Following her time at Sinai Dr. Raphan transitioned to Elmhurst Hospital, a city hospital with an academic affiliation with Mount Sinai. Dr. Raphan is a board certified pediatrician, who serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital. In addition, Dr. Raphan is actively involved in medical student and resident education through her work as Associate Residency Program Director and Medical Student Clerkship Site Director at Elmhurst Hospital.
President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute
Chief Science Officer and Executive Director of Mind in the Making, Bezos Family Foundation
Ellen Galinsky helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her 40+ books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. At the Families and Work Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, and the When Work Works project. She also conducts the National Study of Employers and the the national Mind in the Making learning campaign. Ms. Galinsky is the Program Director for The Conference Board’s Work Life Leadership Council, a group of business leaders who have spearheaded work life issues in the business community since 1983, and she is a past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the largest professional group of early childhood educators. A leading authority on work family issues, Ms. Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer and Professional Achievement Award from the National Cathedral School. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. A popular keynote speaker, Ms. Galinsky appears regularly at national conferences, on television and in the media, including the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, World News Tonight and Oprah. She holds a M.S. in Child Development/Education from Bank Street College of Education, a B.A. in Child Study from Vassar College, and numerous honorary degrees.
Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development, Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Co-Director, National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College
Dr. Brooks-Gunn is a developmental psychologist who studies children, youth, and families over time. She is interested in the family and neighborhood conditions that influence how children and youth thrive or do not, and how conditions at different ages influence development. She also analyzes policies and evaluates interventions for children and families (home visiting clinic based programs, early childhood education programs, and after school programs). The author of over 600 publications, seven books, and 16 edited volumes, Dr. Brooks-Gunn has received numerous honors and awards for her work. She is the recipient of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Alumni Council Award, election into the National Academy of Education, election into the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies; Honorary Doctorate of Science at Northwestern University; Distinguished Contributions to the Public Policy for Children Award from the Society for Research in Child Development; Margaret Mead Fellow Award by the American Academy of Political and Social Science; James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society; Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy Award from the American Psychological Association; and the John P. Hill Award for excellence in theory development and research on adolescents from the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Claire Lerner, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children. Claire served as the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for more than 18 years, where she oversaw the development of all parenting educational content. She currently serves as the Senior Parenting Advisor at ZERO TO THREE to enable her to spend more time working directly with families and providing consultation to preschools. Claire is also the author of numerous parenting publications, curricula, and articles in addition to a podcast and video series for parents and professionals.
Claire writes a column for PBSparents.org and has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby Magazines. She has been a source on early childhood development for NPR and numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Research Consultant, The Mount Sinai Parenting Center
Dr. Martin’s research focuses on the early cognitive, socioemotional, and self-regulatory development of children in low-income families. She is particularly interested in interventions that improve the quality of children’s home or child care and education environments. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Before joining The Parenting Center, Dr. Martin served as Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, where she supervised master’s students, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows as an investigator on multiple studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and numerous foundations. She is the author of over 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Founder, Child’s Play NY and Child’s Play in Action
Jocelyn Greene is the Founder of Child’s Play in Action a resource that brings play-based inspiration to parents and educators. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Child’s Play NY – recognized as among the top theater-arts programs in New York. She trains teachers and works in schools and in her studios, facilitating programs and directing hundreds of children each year. Jocelyn received her BFA from Wesleyan University and her MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Read more at http://www.childsplayinaction.com/ or http://childsplayny.com/
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