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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Lisa Damour and David Epstein

Dr. Lisa Damour
Monday, May 3 | 3:30 p.m.

Lisa Damour is the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves on the Advisory Board for Parents magazine. Dr. Damour also maintains a private practice and consults and speaks internationally.

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters. Learn more here. 

David Epstein
Thursday, May 6 | 9:00 a.m.

David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World — which Bill Gates featured in his end-of-year recommendations — and of the New York Times best seller The Sports Gene, both of which have been translated in more than 20 languages. He is also the host of Slate’s popular “How To!” podcast. David has given talks on five continents. His TED Talks have been viewed more than 10 million times. 

David was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. His story Following the Trail of Broken Hearts, on sudden cardiac death in athletes, was chosen as one of the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni.

David has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism. He enjoys volunteering with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Classroom Champions, and, as of recently, with the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project. An avid runner, he was a Columbia University record holder and twice NCAA All-East as an 800-meter runner. Learn more here.

About Health & Wellness 2021

Each attendee's conference registration is an all-access pass to Sunrise Mindfulness and Yoga Sessions, Keynotes, Specialty Breakouts, Peer Presentations, and Spotlight Speakers taking place throughout the week.

This year's conference will be presented using the Sched platform and Zoom. Once registered, participants gain access to the conference in Sched where you'll have the opportunity to connect with peers, create your personal conference schedule, access session materials and Zoom links, and more. Most sessions will be recorded for viewing when you choose. This will be noted in Sched.

Registration Rates
  • Member Schools: $199 per person: 1-2 participants, $149 per person: 3-4 participants, $129 per person: 5+ participants
  • Non-Member Schools: $299 per person: 1-2 participants, $249 per person: 3+ participants

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Please name a coordinator and assemble a group of participants from your school. Please be sure each participant's email address is entered accurately for seamless, full conference access.

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Session Previews

Sunrise Mindfulness | Tuesday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. EST

A mix of yoga and mindfulness practice options are available for these early morning sessions.

  • Morning Meditation with Jessica Young Chang (5/4)
  • Mindful Movement for Awareness with Cathy Sullivan (5/4)
  • Experiential Mindful Wellness Practices with Lara Wilson (5/5)
  • Morning Yoga with Jessica Young Chang (5/5)
  • Restorative Practices for a Divided Age with Jason Craige Harris (5/6)
  • Morning Yoga for Self-Care with Marie Nagode (5/6)

Specialty Breakouts | Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. EST

  • Psychological First Aid with Larry Berkowitz‎, Riverside Trauma (5/4)
  • The Opportunities and Challenges of Socializing in Digital Spaces with Jill Walsh, PhD (5/4)
  • Best Practices in Sexuality Education: How to Answer Any Question Students Might Ask with Deborah Roffman (5/4)
  • The Intersection of Neuroscience, Mental Health, Faith & Culture with Nii Addy, PhD (5/4)
  • Trauma Informed Schools: Planning for the Post-Pandemic with Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD (5/5)
  • What is Lost When We Use Technology to Manage Our Moods with Jill Walsh, PhD (5/5)
  • Be Body Positive: Practical Tools for Positive Embodiment with Connie Sobczak (5/5)
  • Helping Neurodiverse Learners Build Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty with Sharon Saline, PsyD (5/5)

Peer Presentations | Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. EST

  • Athlete Mental Health with Steph Holmes, Director of Student Wellness, Brooks School and Kimberly Hayes MacNanama O'Brien, Unlimited Resilience (5/4)
  • Dos and Don’ts for Treatment of Eating Disorders with Jen Hamilton, Noble and Greenough School and Beth Mayer, LICSW (5/4)
  • Kindness Begins with Me with Marie Nagode, Wellness Specialist, Dedham Country Day School and Penny Austen, ThinkGive (5/4)
  • Gender Identity: A Science-Centered Way to Introduce it in Elementary School with Elizabeth Grumbach, Lower School Science Teacher and All-School Diversity Clerk, Moses Brown School (5/4)
  • Teaching Students How to Thrive Amidst 21st Century Disruption with Ian Ramsey, Director of Kauffman Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration, North Yarmouth Academy (5/4)
  • Actionable Strategies for Addressing COVID-19 Burnout with Amy Patel, Medical Director, Phillips Academy (5/4)
  • Incorporating Health and Wellness Into Your School Community with Rebecca Kimball, Director of Athletics, Health and Wellness, Dana Hall School, Margie Bailey, Assistant Director of Health and Wellness, Dana Hall School, and Erica Ramirez, Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion, Dana Hall School (5/5)
  • Marijuana Use and Vaping: Evidence-Based Strategies for Effective Prevention at School with Lisa Roethling, The Director of Counseling, The Hill School, Sarah Ferarro Cunningham, Panaptic, and Richard Von Feldt, PsyD, Panaptic (5/5)
  • Writing as a Mindful/Wellness Practice with Jennifer Quest-Stern, Director of Community Health & Counseling, Cambridge School of Weston and Lara Wilson, Be Well Be Here (5/5)
  • Cultivating Connection During COVID: Using the PEER GROUP Program to Foster Community and Model SEL with Dr. Maritoni (Candy) Shah, MD (5/5)
  • Supporting Middle School Student Wellness and Building Community in COVID with Laniesha Gray, Director of Middle School Student Life, Shady Hill School, Jamilia Wilson, Middle School Counselor, Shady Hill School, and Kim Walker, Director of Faculty Professional Development, Shady Hill School (5/5)
  • An Introduction to Breathwork For Managing Stress, Focus and Performance, with Ian Ramsey, Director of Kauffman Program for Environmental Writing and Wilderness Exploration, North Yarmouth Academy (5/5) 

Spotlight Speakers | Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. EST

  • Managing Anxiety in the Classroom Setting with Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD (5/4)
  • COVID-19 Health Considerations, Including Vaccinations with Dr. Katrina Byrd, MD (5/5)


Pictured above left to right, top to bottom: Nii Addy, Larry Berkowitz, Katrina Byrd, MD, Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD, Sarah Ferraro Cunningham, PsyD, Jason Craige Harris, Deborah Roffman, Sharon Saline, PsyD, Connie Sobczak, Cathy Sullivan, Jill Walsh, PhD, Lara Wilson, Jess Young

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Meet AISNE's Health & Wellness Planning Committee
  • Becky Biggs, Director of Professional Development, AISNE
  • Jennifer Hamilton, NCSP, LEP, School Psychologist, Noble and Greenough School
  • Carlos Hoyt, PhD, LICSW, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Belmont Day School
  • Liz LaRocque, RN, NCSN, School Nurse and Health and Wellness Coordinator, Belmont Day School
  • Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, PhD, Child Clinical Psychologist, The Park School
  • Adria Pavletic, Director of Health Services, St. Mark's School
  • Jennifer Quest-Stern, LMHC, Director of Community Health & Counseling, The Cambridge School of Weston
  • Scott Stevens, Director of Athletics, Lexington Christian Academy

Pictured as listed above, left to right, top to bottom

Reflections from last year's participants
  • An important PD experience for everyone and definitely for me.
  • Online format made it much easier to attend. Great that if we couldn't participate live we could watch recordings in our own time.
  • The ability to see lectures after the fact was so helpful. I thought I would be able to attend more material live, but when I couldn’t, I was glad to know I could catch up on my own time. It’s also great to be able to watch and re-watch specific parts!
  • This was a great variety of topics, all of which felt relevant and applicable to my work. It couldn't have come at a better time, being able to consider programming and brainstorm with peers the best way to navigate this current time.

Thank You to AISNE's Generous Supporters

2020-2021 Platinum and Gold Sponsors

Health & Wellness 2021 Conference Sponsors

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Interested in sponsoring this conference? Contact Kristin Bedard.