Dr. Jonathan Harris is the Corporate Director of Neurocognitive Services at Caron Treatment Centers. In his role, he oversees the Integrative Neurofeedback Therapy programs at Caron Pennsylvania and Caron Renaissance, implementing strategies to enhance patient treatment efficacy using neurofeedback technology. He completed his PhD in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and was a TL1 Scholar for the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a consortium supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and developed to bridge the persisting gap between the basics sciences and clinical practice. Dr. Harris’s previous work in translational neuroscience includes the investigation of functional brain imaging predictors of relapse in patients with alcohol use disorders. He is a contributing author on scientific articles published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Brain Research Bulletin, and has presented his research at several scientific conferences, including the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA).
Jonathan Wolf is the Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Healthcare and its subsidiary and affiliated companies which owns and operates over 80 behavioral healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New Jersey. Founded by Mr. Wolf in 1999, Pyramid Healthcare now has over 1800 employees and over $130 million in annual revenue. Pyramid Healthcare provides a broad array of services including inpatient substance abuse, mental health and eating disorder facilities for adults and adolescents, a network of outpatient centers, medication-assisted treatment clinics and freestanding schools for autistic children. Jon is a Pennsylvania native and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He has 33 years of experience as an administrator of psychiatric and substance abuse treatment centers in Georgia, Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina.
Dara Gasior, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who has been working with adolescents and young adults in a clinical setting for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology who has focused on using her knowledge in a practical manner to help individuals who are struggling through clinical work. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Freehold location of High Focus Centers, a state licensed, Joint Commission approved treatment facility that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services to adolescents and adults struggling with significant psychiatric and co-occurring disorders. As part of this work, she has focused on helping those individuals who struggle with self injury to identify triggers and to be able to handle their stressors in a healthier manner. It is one of her passions to help others understand this behavior in order to reduce the stigma associated with it and allow those who struggle to be able to seek and receive help more easily.
Dr. Russell Healy is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Central New Jersey. He completed a doctorate of social work (DSW) in June 2016. His dissertation project explored the impact of medical paternalism and medical autonomy on transgender youth. Russ published a chapter on transgender health care in Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context Volume 4. The Rutgers University School of Social Work published “Victim or Offender: Stigma, Justice, and the Importance of Critical Thinking in a Complex Forensic Case,” in The Rutgers DSW Casebook. He teaches courses on transgender phenomenology for The Rutgers School of Social Work’s DSW program. Russ also presents on assessment and treatment issues for transgender youth and their families, and on ethical issues, for the Continuing Education Program of the Rutgers School of Social Work. Dr. Healy has been in practice for thirty years, with a focus on working with sexual and gender minorities. His current projects involve completing a Certificate in Medical Humanities at Drew University, and examining how biomedical ethics can enhance and inform mental health practice ethics.
Sgt. Danielle Lo Russo started her law enforcement career in 1993 as a class II police officer in Wildwood, NJ. Most of her career was with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Unit, as an undercover officer. She was also assigned to the DEA as a Task Force Officer. She coordinates “Operation Take Back NJ”, with 100% participation from the local police departments. Danielle is also a member of the GC SWAT team as a Coordinator / Crisis Negotiation (CNT). In 2009 she was promoted to Sergeant and became the Commander of the Gangs Guns & Narcotics Task Force she established and deployed the Gloucester County Opiate Initiative which has received attention not only throughout the state of New Jersey but requests from Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. This initiative has expanded her network and communications throughout the state and has empowered the county to develop a Community Relations Unit which she is now leading. Other notable involvements include her role as the Vice President, Southern Counties Narcotic Commanders Association, Recording Secretary & Executive Board member, Statewide Narcotic Task Force Commanders Association and Board Member, New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. Danielle has received the following: Unit Citation Award, an Exceptional Duty Award, Narcotics Officer of the Year - “Detective Albert J. Mallen Award”, Gloucester County Officer of the Year and two Meritorious Service Awards. In August, 2016, Sgt. Lo Russo was selected to develop and implement the Prosecutor’s new Community Relations Unit, serving as the new Unit’s first supervisor. Danielle is uniquely qualified for this challenge, as she has a strong history of coalition building in support of the Prosecutor’s mission. Her numerous law enforcement contacts around the State will certainly aid her as she accepts this new challenge. This initiative has expanded her network and communications throughout the State and has empowered the county to develop a Community Relations Unit which she is now leading.
Jason Eric Ross is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist in both NY and FL. He is the co-author of You Can Say NO and Your Child Will Still Love You, a parenting book he co-authored with his mother, Norma Ross. Jason has worked in the addiction and mental health fields for over 13 years and specializes in trauma, substance abuse/intervention, DBT/CBT, parenting and life coaching. In addition to performing stand up comedy and music, Jason was the Script Consultant for The Mind of a Murderer Season 2 on The Discovery ID Channel.
Delia Cimpean Hendrick is a double-boarded physician (ABIM and ABPN). Since finishing the Combined Residency program at Dartmouth Medical School in 2002, she has always worked in both fields, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine. Since 2010, she has practiced psychiatry at Westbridge Community Services, providing treatment for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and addiction. As a dually boarded physician, she is highly interested in medical issues that fall at the interaction of these specialties, such as medical care for people with severe mental illness and addiction and the quality of the experience of care for people who have both medical and psychiatric problems. The issue of chronic pain has recently become a topic of major interest due to the high prevalence of this condition and the particular challenges it presents for people with dual diagnosis.
Randie O'Neil, Ph.D., LCADC, SAC has been working with adolescents for over 20 years. Originally a history teacher, she furthered her education to include a Master's in Counseling with a LCADC and then continuing on for her Doctorate in Gen. Psychology. Dr. O'Neil currently combines her education and experience to work as a student assistance counselor in Bergen County, NJ. She has published a book, Bullies and the Parents Who Raised Them as well as holding workshops an the science behind adolescent addiction.
Dr. Allen is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Executive Director of Nursing Services for Summit Behavioral Health. Summit provides addiction treatment services in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Pat is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and tenured faculty at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Pat presented at the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders and the Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association on topics related to pharmacogenetics and medication-assisted treatment for those with co-occurring disorders. She presented at the NEI Psychopharmacology Congress. Pat has discussed these topics in media opportunities.
Tom holds a Master’s degree in social work, bachelor’s degree in business, and a C-MAT certificate. As a young man, Tom became a successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in small business ventures in the greater New York area. About 20 years ago, Tom started to spend less time in the business world and more time helping those who suffered, as he did, from negative childhood messages. “I believe that experience and expertise go hand in hand”. He is a regular on many radio networks and on the TBN television network, and has appeared on other networks as well and the best selling author of “The Problem Was Me”, with Dr. Abraham Twerski, and “Don’t Put Your Crap in Your Kid’s Diaper”, the clean up cost can last a lifetime. My expertise is teaching a methodology which has helped many individuals, couples and parents build healthier relationships with themselves and each other.” My experience, overcoming my own issues, revealed the process for self- improvement. These issues began in childhood when I turned to bullying as an outlet; and as an adult, towards addiction. I sabotaged the intimate relationships in my life. I then realized I had to fix the damage within me in order to fix the damage I caused in my relationships. He is a regular on many radio networks and on the TBN television network, and has appeared on other networks as well and the best selling author of “The Problem Was Me”, with Dr. Abraham Twerski, and “Don’t Put Your Crap in Your Kid’s Diaper”, the clean up cost can last a lifetime.
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The RWJBarnabas Institute for Prevention provides comprehensive wellness services that focus on increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors that are associated with alcohol and drug abuse in individuals, families and communities.
Dr. Strickland graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1993 with a Doctorate in Psychology and a focus on experimental research and neuroscience. Past academic positions include a faculty position at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty positions at Widener University and Springfield College. He currently has guest lecturer privileges at Arcadia University and the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. He also has an Adjunct Professor position with the Community Trauma Counseling (CTC) program at Philadelphia University. Dr. Strickland has lectured on local, state, and national levels on such topics as psychopharmacology for people recovering from dual-diagnoses, medication adherence, attention deficit disorder, herbal treatments and the neurobiology and pharmacological treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. And most importantly, he loves what he does!
Winden Rowe, MS maintains a private practice in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where she works with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Her education, clinical experience, and passionate interest center around the study of and work in the field of trauma. Ms Rowe's approach to securing sustained improvement and recovery for clients dealing with the effects of trauma, centers around linking the biological, psychological, and social implications of traumatic stress and the identified trauma. In addition to trauma counseling, Winden lectures, teaches, and consults in the field. Ms. Rowe has been a guest on a variety of media broadcasts including National Public Radio 'Morning Edition', 'Radio Times' and others.
Amanda Jernigan has worked in the social work field since 1999 in various settings including Children and Youth, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, schools and in agency based treatment. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to upstate New York for 10 years, and relocated back to Central Pennsylvania in 2009. Amanda worked with Otsego County Children and Youth in conjunction with the local law enforcement agencies to investigate child sexual abuse cases. She got her certification as a forensic interviewer through the New York State Police and worked directly with the District Attorney to testify in Court against alleged sexual predators. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Amanda went on to be an inpatient psychiatric adolescent social worker until the time the hospital closed their mental health units. She then went to work as a school social worker in a K-12 School in upstate New York. Upon her return to Pennsylvania, Amanda came to work at Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services and has been with them since 2009, and currently holds the role of Clinical Director. Amanda is an adjunct professor at Penn State Harrisburg teaching classes on Addiction, Prevention and At-Risk Youth, and Child Development. Amanda has served as a speaker at the Temple Addictions Conference two years in a row, The Hershey Medical Center Social Work Series, and has done a variety of EAP trainings throughout Dauphin and Cumberland County.
Drue Seigerman is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He received his first master’s degree in Human Services from Cappella University and his second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As the Director of High Focus Centers' Cherry Hill location, Drue has developed and implemented numerous protocols to meet the current needs of the community. For over ten years, Drue has been an expert in field of addictions and has presented at numerous conferences in conjunction with being a guest speaker on NBC radio. As an Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College, Drue extends his knowledge in the field of mental health and addictions to students who are entering the field of social work. As former New York City Police Officer, Drue brings a unique background to the field.