Our Expert Panel of leaders in mental health, parenting, and child development from around the world play a critical role in advancing the work of JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth, ensuring that programming and advocacy efforts are deeply rooted in the latest research and knowledge in the field.
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in the Bay Area, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, and a Founding Member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic (CAGC) at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. As Director of Mental Health for CAGC, Dr. Ehrensaft provides comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children, youth, and their families. Her research focuses on child development, gender, parenting, parent-child relationships, and psychological issues for families using assisted reproductive technology. She has published several books and articles in these areas and lectures, serves as an expert witness, and makes media appearances nationally and internationally on these topics.
Ken Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine and the Co-Founder and Director of Programs at the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strengths of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. He is the author of Raising Resilient Children and Teens. New resources are available for parents about confronting racism Raising Youth of Color in a Complex World as well as a comprehensive chapter for youth-serving professionals The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk About It.
Madeline Levine, Ph.D. has been working for over 35 years as a Psychologist, Educator, and New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. Dr. Levine’s most recent book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. She is a frequent keynote speaker for schools, parents, and business leaders. Dr. Levine is a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Challenge Success provides families and schools with the practical research-based tools they need to raise healthy, resilient, motivated kids, capable of reaching their full potential.
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is Principal of The Neurosequential Model Network, LLC and Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a Community of Practice based in Houston, TX. He is also Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings. His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).
Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with 40 years of experience working with children and families in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings, schools, and mental health clinics. As Project Director at the Trauma Center at JRI for 10 years, Dr. Warner oversaw development, training, and research for Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) and created applications for in-home therapy, residential treatment, and work with caregivers. She created two video coding systems to study regulatory processes in treatment and wrote Transforming Trauma in Children and Adolescents: An Embodied Approach to Somatic Regulation, Trauma Processing and Attachment-Building. As a SMARTmoves partner, Dr. Warner trains and consults for therapists. She has a private practice and provides clinical support to the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing.