Marsha Zibalese-Crawford. PhD, MSW – Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor, Social Work program, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA,

Marsha Zibalese Crawford, PhD, MSW, is an associate professor with a secondary appointment in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.  She combines a focus on the needs of women, children and adolescents with a wide array of experience developing organizational partnerships in the community, both public and private.  Her community-based participatory research (CBPR) focus provides her the unique opportunity to apply and test theory in a practical setting in the US and globally (e.g. Israel), as well as present the results at conferences, through trainings/workshops, and roundtables.   Her most recent publication is:  Urban Communities and Human Services, A Study on the Preparedness of Medical Social Workers in the Treatment of Adolescent Alcohol Abusers, and Non-profit/NGO capacity building and sustainability in a global context.

Dr. Zibalese Crawford is currently the principal investigator for the Bedouin Women’s Voices Barometer in Negev, Israel.  She is the co-investigator for the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Temple University translational research on interventions for adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System: TRIALS.  She is co-investigator/evaluator for the training grant – “ACE IT: Advanced Clinical Education and Inter-professional Training Program” (HRSA/DHHS).  During the past five years, she was principal evaluator/researcher for the following violence and/or substance abuse studies:  National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention - Gap Analysis, City of Philadelphia;  Evaluation of DBHIDS prevention and early intervention community an organization behavioral health disparities project; City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Restorative Justice program;  the evaluator/researcher for the Drug Free Communities grant funded by the Federal Office of National Drug Control Strategy and SAMHSA; and the DBHiDS/OAS prevention study. Dr. Zibalese Crawford was also the lead researcher for the City of Philadelphia Report Card on the Well–being of Children and Youth from 1999-2007.

Dr. Zibalese Crawford is the recipient of the 2015 Temple University Outstanding Faculty Service Award, School of Social Work. She is a fellow of the National Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Network. 

Devin Reaves, MSW

Executive Director, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Center

Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007.  He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC) .

The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools

Samuel Ortiz, PhD.

Professor of Psychology, St. Johns University, New York, NY, author of Ortiz Picture Vocabulary Acquisition Test (PVAT)

Dr. Ortiz is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and a credential in school psychology with postdoctoral training in bilingual school psychology from San Diego State University. He has served as Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan, as Vice President for Professional Affairs of APA Division 16 (School Psychology), as member and Chair of APA’s, Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment, as member of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, as representative on the New York State Committee of Practitioners on ELL and LEP Students, and as member of APA Presidential Task Force on Educational Disparities. Dr. Ortiz has served on various editorial boards including Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Quarterly, and Journal of Applied School Psychology. He is an internationally recognized expert on a variety of topics including nondiscriminatory assessment, evaluation of English learners, cross-battery assessment (XBA), and learning disabilities. He is author of the Ortiz PVAT, primary author of X-BASS and his books include “Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: A practical guide,” and “Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, 3rd Edition.” Dr. Ortiz is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Puerto Rican).

Terri Erbacher, PhD

Psychologist, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), co-author, “Suicide in Schools”

Terri A. Erbacher, Ph.D. has practiced as a school psychologist for over 18 years with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 as a Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Terri is past President for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has served on the Boards of Survivors of Suicide, the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, and the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. Dr. Terri is an author, distinguished speaker, guest expert in the media, and often consults and responds to local school districts in the aftermath of a critical incident. She has given over 100 presentations on crisis management in schools, suicide prevention and risk assessment, grief/loss, and trauma. She is the lead author of the important and innovative text Suicide in Schools released in 2015. Her passion for helping children in crisis and training mental health professionals has led to her receiving multiple awards for her service to the community from the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Survivors of Suicide, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as well as her being named Pennsylvania's School Psychologist of the Year in 2011.

Barbara Boles-Williams, PhD, NCSP

Professor, Program Coordinator, Rowan University School Psychology Program, Glassboro, New Jersey

Before becoming a graduate educator, Barbara had extensive experience working in the public schools as a school psychologist and director of special services.  She holds a PhD from Temple University.  She is past President of New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP) and past New Jersey Delegate and Delegate Representative for the Northeast Region for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She is the immediate past-Chair of the NCSP Certification Board for NASP.
Barbara has served on the NASP Ethics Committee for seven years as representative from the Northeast region of the country.  She is presently a member of the NASP Ethics Advisory Panel.  She is the lead author in the 2008 NASP publication, Professional Ethics for School Psychologists: A Problem-Solving Model Casebook (2008) and second edition (2011) co-authored by Leigh Armistead and Susan Jacob.  Barbara chaired the NASP Task Force to Revise the NASP 2010 Standards, including the current ethical standards.  She is now a member of the writing team to develop the NASP 2020 revised ethics code.  Barbara was honored as the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from NASP conferred at the 2011 NASP Convention in San Francisco, CA.     

Jessica Linick, PhD

Senior Psychologist, Bellevue/NYU Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service, Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Dr. Linick has over ten years of experience providing mental health care to children, adolescents, adults, and families within schools, outpatient, inpatient, and forensic settings. She received her PhD in School Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her dissertation research focused on emotion regulation and callous-unemotional traits in incarcerated male youth. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology and Child Maltreatment at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she also received post-doctoral certifications in Family/Civil and Criminal Forensic Psychology through Montclair State University. She is currently the Senior Psychologist with the Bellevue/NYU Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service, and a Clinical Assistant Professor with NYU School of Medicine, working to expand trauma-informed care within the NYC secure and non-secure juvenile detention sites. She previously was a Clinical Supervisor at Rikers Island, New York City’s largest jail complex, serving adults with severe mental illness.

Working almost exclusively with justice- and child welfare-involved populations for the past seven years, Dr. Linick has been successful at engaging youth and families from underserved, primarily Latino and African-American communities. Through her work in both the adult and juvenile correctional settings, Dr. Linick has developed an expertise in evaluating and treating children and families with disruptive behavior disorders and emotional dysregulation, particularly as these issues relate to histories of individual trauma, intergenerational trauma, developmental trauma, and disrupted attachment. She has presented nationally and internationally regarding the importance of acknowledging attachment and trauma as contributing to the development of these disorders, as well as the need to broaden the DSM definition of trauma to include issues such as historical trauma and racism. Dr. Linick has also given numerous lectures to the NYC Department of Education concerning ways in which schools can address and work with traumatized youth. With Dr. Cabrera, she is co-author of a forthcoming book chapter concerning the overlaps between aggression and trauma in youth. Further, Dr. Linick is well-versed in organizational and systems-level difficulties that affect the treatment of these youth and families in both community and detention settings. Dr. Linick is currently enrolled in the Somatic Experiencing® training program, a body-based approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, yoga, meditation, coffee, cats, and traveling

Akeem Marsh, M.D.

Attending Psychiatrist, Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service, Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Dr. Marsh, a native New Yorker, has dedicated his career to working with children and families of medically underserved communities. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine at the City College of New York.  He earned his Medical Doctorate from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn/Downstate College of Medicine.  While in medical school, he was inducted in as a student member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  He completed both his residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.   

Dr. Marsh currently has appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and is a member of the Bellevue Juvenile Justice Mental Health Service.  In this capacity, he works as an Attending Psychiatrist on the team that collaborates with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to provide direct clinical care to youth in New York City’s juvenile justice system.  Dr. Marsh is board certified in both general and child & adolescent psychiatry.  His particular research interest include juvenile justice reform, disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents, and psychological trauma and resilience.  He has presented nationally and internationally regarding the importance of acknowledging attachment and trauma as contributing to the development of, as well as practical methods of appropriately managing these disorders.  He is also contributor or author of many publications, including some in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Marsh is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a general member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).  Further, he is a member of the AACAP National Children and the Law Committee.  In addition, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and on the organization newsletter editorial board.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his children.

Jennifer Cabrera, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University, New York, NY and Medical Director of the Bellevue ACS Mental Health Service

Dr. Jennifer Cabrera is currently an attending psychiatrist in Cambridge, Massachussetts at Cambridge Health Alliance, where she supervises and teaches psychiatry and psychology trainees and works alongside an interdisciplinary team at Cambridge Hospital's Child and Adolescent Assessment Units. She previously worked at Bellevue Hospital Center's Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program and was on faculty at New York University School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She served as Medical Director of the ACS-Bellevue Mental Health Service, where she consulted with Administration for Children's Services, New York City's child welfare agency. She was the only full-time mental health professional on-site at The Nicholas Scoppetta Children's Center, the city's reception center and shelter for upwards of 100 children, teens and young adults either entering the foster care system or between placements within foster care. This is where she developed her interest in understanding the overlap of trauma and delinquency, as the population includes newborn, children and teens coming from home, residential centers, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile detention, as well as Riker's Island, and was the only place in all of NYC where no child or youth could be turned away.

Dr. Cabrera received her medical degree (M.D.) at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Stony Brook, New York.  She completed her residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System).  During her time in training, she was active in the education of fellows, residents, medical students, and non-clinical staff. Since completion of her fellowship, Dr. Cabrera has presented both nationally and internationally, as well as contributed to or co-authored publications pertaining to early childhood development, attachment, complex trauma and resilience, disruptive behavior disorders, and alternative medicine and holistic treatment. 

Dr. Cabrera has been active in  multiple professional organizations. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as their respective local chapters.  In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the New York Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Early Career Psychiatrist AACAP national committee, and held a national position with AACAP as its second Early Career Psychiatrist representative to the Executive Committee, Assembly of Regional Organizations.  Most recently, Dr. Cabrera recently completed 200 hours of study to become a yoga teacher and is completing an additional 100 hours of study

Lara Cox, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University, New York, NY

Dr. Lara J. Cox is a forensic psychiatry fellow and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, where she also completed both her adult psychiatry residency and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. While in residency training, she was inducted as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She earned her medical degree and a master's degree in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Kenyon College with a bachelor's degree with high honors in neuroscience and psychology. 

Although still in training, Dr. Cox has had impressive research experience. As a medical student, Dr. Cox completed the five-year Clinical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh, during which she was awarded the national Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. Her early research was on nonsuicidal self-injury, and she has published a book chapter and peer-reviewed articles on the topic. During residency training, she developed an interest in the relationship between trauma and disruptive behavior, and in working with justice-involved individuals. Within the past few years, she has given multiple presentations on trauma and disruptive behaviors, both to lay audiences and in academic settings at the local, national, and international level. She has published a review paper examining the neurobiology of conduct disorder. Since 2016, she has been a consultant for an undergraduate psychology course on conduct disorder at NYU, for which she gives a lecture on the juvenile justice system and mental health in justice-involved youth. Her current interests, both clinical and research, include the nexus of trauma-related symptoms and disruptive behaviors (including conduct disorder), the impact of racial and other bias on the evaluation and treatment of trauma-exposed youth, and trauma-informed mental healthcare delivery in juvenile justice settings.

Dr. Cox maintains membership with the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators, the American Medical Association, and all affiliated local chapters. From 2013-2015, she served on the American Psychiatric Association's national Board of Trustees; since then, she has been a member of their Council on Communications and the Scientific Program Committee that oversees their annual meeting. In 2016, she was awarded the Rappeport Fellowship by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; this award recognizes trainees who are expected to make a significant contribution to psychiatry and the law in the span of their professional lives.

Following the completion of her current fellowship, Dr. Cox intends to work as a clinician in the New York City juvenile justice system, where she is looking forward to joining Drs. Linick and Marsh as a part of the team. In her spare time, she enjoys copious amounts of coffee, running, spending time with friends (and with her cats), going to the theatre, and exploring the many restaurants of New York City.