Jennifer Johannesen

Author, speaker, blogger · Patient Advocate

My talks are frank and unsentimental, yet lighthearted and engaging. No lecturing! Authentic patient experience illuminated through stories.

Disability Advocacy Ethics Parenting Children With Special Needs Patient Advocacy

Mark Diana

Associate Professor & Chair · Tulane University

Mark Diana is a healthcare policy expert. His research has focused on the organizational impact of health information systems.

Healthcare Reform healthcare policy Affordable Care Act Obamacare Health Insurance

Stephen Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Specialized Programs in Education · Hofstra University

Stephen Hernandez is a specialist in teacher certification, special education and early childhood special education.

Collaboration Special Education Teacher Certification Early Childhood Special Education

Charmaine Smith Wright, M.D., MSHP

Director of the Center for Special Health Care Needs · ChristianaCare

Dr. Charmaine Smith Wright is director of ChristianaCare's Center for Special Health Care Needs.

Disabilities and Health Care Internal Medicine Pediatrics

Margo Okazawa-Rey, EdD

Adjunct Faculty - School of Leadership Studies · Fielding Graduate University

Critical ethnic studies and gender studies; Militarism, conflict, and women’s activism; Social change; Mixed-racial identity development

Militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women Mixed-racial identity development African-American/Asian-American relations Critical multicultural education Feminist activist research methodology

Teal Benevides

Associate Professor & Director of Faculty Development, Institute of Public and Preventive Health · Augusta University

Teal Benevides has a passion for addressing disparities among those on the autism spectrum, including racial and ethnic minorities.

Mental Health Research Autism Adults With Autism Services and Support Autism Research and Treatment

Terese C. Aceves

Professor · Loyola Marymount University

Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology

Supporting Low-Income, Diverse Families in Special Education Using Evidence-Based Practices with Culturally and Liguistically Diverse Students Investigating Early Home Literacy Practices with Latino Families Providing Assessment and Intervention of Early Reading Skills with English Language Learners

Sarah Douglas

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies · Michigan State University

Expertise in early childhood special education, augmentative and alternative communication, and paraeducators

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Developmental Disabilities Early Intervention Autism Early Childhood Special Education

Sarah Herrington

Instructor · Loyola Marymount University

Abimola Adewumi

Associate Professor · University of Florida

Abimola "Abi" Adewumi researches law and ethics in dentistry as member of the pediatric dental faculty.

Patients with Special Needs Hospital Dentistry Craniofacial Development and Abnormalities

Ann Douglas

Author, Magazine Writer, On-Air Parenting Columnist, Speaker · Independent

A bestselling author and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio, Ann has been called "Canada's most trusted parenting writer."

Parenting Pregnancy Children Babies Mental Health

Brandi Simonsen, Ph.D.

Professor of Educational Psychology, Co-Director of Center for Behavioral Education and Research · University of Connecticut

Professor Simonsen is an expert in school, classroom, and student positive behavioral interventions and supports.

School Discipline Student Behavior Seclusion Behavioral Intervention Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Christine Saulnier

Nova Scotia Director · Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Christine Saulnier serves as the Nova Scotia director for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Research Women and Politics Canadian Public Policy Social Policy Antipoverty

Nigel Newbutt

Assistant Professor · University of Florida

Nigel Newbutt is a leading expert in the use of technologies with autistic groups, specifically virtual reality and immersive technologies.

Ethical AI Research Social Robotics Head-mounted Display Immersive Technology Autism

Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN

Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing · Villanova University

Mary Ann Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN researches pediatric oncology nursing

Cancer Survivorship Debriefing in Clinical Simulations Childhood Cancer Survivorship Pediatric Oncology Nursing Pediatric Cancer

Tanya Wright

Associate Professor · Michigan State University

Curriculum and instruction in language and literacy during the early childhood and elementary years

Instruction Early Language and Literacy Oral Language Vocabulary Literacy in Young Children

Michelle Kelly, PhD

Associate Professor | M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing · Villanova University

Michelle Kelly, PhD, CRNP, is an expert in children's health, neonatal intensive care, and long-term health effects of premature birth.

Premature Births Neonatal Intensive Care Children's Health Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Education

April Fallon, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - Clinical Psychology · Fielding Graduate University

Assessment of clinically significant impulsivity; ethical hot spots of combined therapy; informed consent in group psychotherapy

Psychological Assessment Personality Assessment Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment Memory Assessment Group Psychotherapy

Victoria Graf

Professor · Loyola Marymount University

Department of Teaching and Learning

Teacher Education Catholic Inclusion Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education School Reform

Regina Rahimi

Professor · Georgia Southern University

Regina Rahimi research is focused on issues of gender and sexuality in education and middle and high school drop outs.

Race and Class in Education Middle and High School Drop Outs Issues of Gender in Education Issues of Sexuality in Education Adolescent Literacy