Schedule for the 2015-2016 Academic Year


The Fish vs. the Fisherman: Equipping Youth with the Tools to Thrive

Annemarie Grassi, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Open Doors Academy


Exploring the Impact of Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Justice Involvement on Future Youth Outcomes

Claudia Coulton, PhD, MSW
Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research and Social Change
Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development
Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Building a Medical and Legal Team for Child Advocacy

Robert Pettignano, MD
Hughes Spalding Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Sylvia Caley, JD
Associate Clinical Professor, Georgia State University College of Law


Co-Sponsored Event: Social Justice Institute’s “Think Tank 2015”


Co-Sponsored Event: Center for Policy Studies Program “Integrating the Inner City Through Mixed-Income Development”


 Innovative Partnerships for Healthy Children & Youth

Christine Alexander-Rager, MD
Chairman of Family Medicine, MetroHealth

Nazha Abughali, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Foster Care Program, MetroHealth


Brown Gold: African-American Children’s Literature as a Genre of Resistance

Michelle Martin, PhD
Professor of Children’s Literature, University of South Carolina


Lisa Damour and Mark Joseph Book Talk

Lisa Damour, PhD
Director, Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University

Mark Joseph, PhD
Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University


Suicide in Children and Adolescents:
Challenges and Priorities for Intervention

Jeff Bridge, PhD
Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Resilience in Adversity: Promoting Positive Outcomes for Maltreated Children

Megan Holmes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences