Changing Our Consciousness, Inc.

Imagining the Emotional Experience of the Other

Changing Our Consciousness, Inc.

Imagining the Emotional Experience of the Other

Dialogue With Dignity

Who's Who?



Alice Lombardo Maher, MD, co-creator, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. She is the author of Catalysis: A Recipe to Slow Down or Abort Humankind’s Leap to War. She has co-created two mental health documentaries and developed and implemented an emotional literacy curriculum for middle and high school students. She is the founder and director of the not-for-profit organization Changing Our Consciousness.
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Niquie Dworkin, PhD, co-creator and moderator, is a psychologist with training in psychoanalysis and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Chicago. She has developed an integrative psychotherapy model called Integrative Implicit Relational Therapy and works with individuals and couples in long term therapy. She is the co-director of Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy. She is interested in the intersection of relational psychotherapy and politics and in models of conflict resolution.



Rachel Fulton Brown, PhD is Associate Professor of History, Fundamentals, and the College at the University of Chicago, where she has taught since 1994. She is the author of Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought and From Judgment to Passion: Devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary, 800-1200 and she blogs regularly at Fencing Bear at Prayer. She teaches courses on the history of Christianity in medieval Europe, as well as on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. She is best known in the public sphere for her friendship with Milo Yiannopoulos, whom she has characterized as a “holy fool.” Her own work emphasizes the importance of empathy, imagination, and play for the training of the soul in the arts of virtue and love.

Sean Campbell is an attorney specializing in venture capital law. Prior to his work in law, Sean was involved in the mental health and substance abuse fields in different ways, as a speaker traveling promoting mental health awareness and holistic wellness, as a mentor to youth struggling with behavioral health issues, and as a manager in state government overseeing statewide funding for substance abuse prevention. He is passionate about harnessing creativity and innovation to address pressing challenges that our world faces.

Barry Childress, MD is a retired physician and child and adult psychoanalyst currently living in Austin TX. He practiced in Chicago for 50 years and remains (emeritus) on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He was the Director of the Child Therapy Program (1985-1999) and became the Director of Clinical Services (1990-2004) which led him to create the Institute’s award winning Community Clinic for psychotherapy and psychoanalysis of children and adults.

Valerie F. Leonard is the Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, LLC and the host of the Nonprofit Utopia Podcast. She teaches courses in nonprofit management for the UIC Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program, and courses in social entrepreneurship for the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University. Valerie is a very engaged citizen, having worked with North Lawndale residents on a number of social justice issues surrounding the implementation of TIF’s; the potential impact of the 2016 Olympics on the North Lawndale community; school closings; mortgage foreclosure and the equitable distribution of HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds and predatory lending. Valerie played an integral role in developing the framework and infrastructure for the first comprehensive planning process in the North Lawndale community since 1958.
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Paul Wadey, M.Sc M.Res practices counselling and psychotherapy with individuals and families in Suffolk, UK. He is an interdisciplinary thinker informed by psychology, history, psychoanalytic thought, moral knowledge and communication theories. For the last decade or more, he has been concerned with the treatment of the role of psychological health in/and Anglo-American forms of democracy. His debut book entitled, The Myth of Assertiveness, will most likely go largely unnoticed by students, trainees and experienced psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors alike, circa 2021. He lives with his partner Sarah in Capel St Mary, Suffolk.

Shyam K. Sriram, Ph.D. is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Butler University in Indianapolis. He received his Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is also an alumnus of Purdue University ('02) and Georgia State University ('06). His main area of focus is American politics with substantive interests in American religion, refugee resettlement, state and local politics, and race and ethnic politics.