Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, PhD

Tuesday, February 21

Speaker - Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, PhD is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, and co-executive director of the Center for Health Technology at Hunter College. As founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics, she translates neuroscience and cognitive therapy techniques into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health. She has published over 100 scientific articles and delivered over 400 presentations at academic conferences and for corporate clients. She has been featured throughout the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Bloomberg Television.

Opening Keynote sponsored by The Redwoods Group.
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Brittany Patterson, PhD

Wednesday, February 22

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Brittany Patterson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). She has served schools for more than a decade in various capacities and has specialized in school-based mental health services in underserved schools and communities. She provides training and technical assistance on the impact of trauma, and strategies to create safe, healing environments for students. She is particularly passionate about identifying and building upon the strengths of youth and their communities to promote positive mental health and well-being. 



Closing General Session and Lunch Event 

Friday, February 24

Poise Taylor and Alexis Newsome

Plan to cap off a wonderful week in Orlando with the closing general session and lunch as we celebrate the time we’ve spent together building communities of belonging with fellow child and youth development professionals. Join Poise Taylor and Alexis Newsome, two legendary camp leaders, as they provide insight and inspiration to send us home on a high note — reenergized, refreshed, and with new ideas, tools, and skills for 2023.


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