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Marshall Alcorn is Professor of English and Human Sciences at George Washington University. He was Excutive Director of APCS from 1995 to 2004. He is author of Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric Text, and Subjectivity, and Changing the Subject in English Class: Discourse and the Constructions of Desire, which won the Ross Winterowd Award in the 2002. He is Chair of the Forum on Psychiatry and the Humanities and is on the faculty of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Suzanne Amro is a high school teacher specializing in ethics and religious culture. She also teaches future teachers at Concordia University. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from McGill University and is completing her Master’s Degree in Theological Studies at Concordia, where her focus is on Applied Ethics and the practice of dialogue. In 2011, she presented on a Peace Education panel at a CIES conference (Comparative & International Education Society). She is involved with the Montreal Dialogue Group and Compassionate Listening training and has been published in the Concordia journal, Word in the World.

Bernice Arricale, M.S., NYC Department of Education Bernice Arricale is a special education teacher and literacy specialist whose work with primary-age children and their teachers keeps redefining notions of what it means to be a "special needs" learner. Says Alice Maher, "Bernice has been my 'muse' for the past half century, and everything I've ever done has been filtered through the mirror of her discerning eyes. I know what I look like in large part because of the way she's reflected me back to myself. This project wouldn't exist if not for her."

Melissa R. Brand, Psy.D. has worked for 18 years in educationl. She began her career working with children with autism in the public schools. Later, she pursued her doctorate in school psychology with the goal of having a greater, systems level impact on children. Dr. Brand has developed and implemented interactive prevention, social skills, and advisory curricula for schools across the country. Through her work in prevention, she has trained hundreds of faculty members to teach children to effectively articulate their emotions, improve communication, develop self-esteem, cooperate, problem-solve, engage in dialogue, stay healthy, avoid alcohol tobacco and other drugs, self-advocate, prepare for college, and lead with the goal of improving their selves, their schools and their society. Currently, Dr. Brand is a licensed psychologist and consultant in private practice in Philadelphia. Sheholds a doctorate in school psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from Bard College and Post-Baccalaureate in Special Education from Kean University, She is New Jersey Certified in School Psychology, Special Education and Elementary Education.

Victoria Grinman, LMSW is a licensed social worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Adelphi University and her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. Victoria works at The Summit School in Queens, NY ,which specializes in educating children experiencing emotional challenges and learning disabilities, as well as high functioning autistic spectrum disorders. She provides individual and group therapy, and she leads social skills and emotional intelligence groups. Victoria is a PhD candidate at Adelphi School of Social Work. Her research interests include therapy options for special needs children, and support and neurobiology education for parents of students with developmental and mental health disorders.

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., MBA, MEd

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