Presenters Bios

Dr. JoAnn Deak, a widely-recognized educator and psychologist, is well known for demystifying complex issues of child development, learning, identity formation and brain research. She is also the author of Your Fantastic Elastic Brain and Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, among others books.

Dr. Edward Hallowell is a psychiatrist who's been in practice for over 25 years. He is the founder of the Hallowell Centers in New York, Boston and San Francisco, and the author of eighteen books including The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of ADHD. He is the co-author, with Dr. John Ratey, of Driven to Distraction, Answers to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction. And, with Dr. Peter Jensen, he wrote Superparenting for ADD.

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is a psychiatrist and president of the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming mental health care for the world’s children. He has received awards from the American Psychiatric Association, NAMI and the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has been at the forefront of public education to dispel myths and stigma surrounding children and teens living with psychiatric disorders. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and author of several books, including It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and their Parents and More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.

Dana Points is the editor in chief of Parents and American Baby on all platforms and the Content Director for the Meredith Parents Network, overseeing the FamilyFun and Ser Padres brands. As a longtime health journalist and the mom of two boys, she is particularly interested in the areas where research, policy and personal practice intersect or conflict. She is also a national board member of both the March of Dimes and Safe Kids Worldwide. A graduate of Barnard College, Points lives in New York City with her husband and sons.

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a psychologist, consultant and educator whose focus is on strengthening children’s social and emotional resilience to unhealthy cultural values, and helping schools develop programs to support children’s confidence. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and associate psychologist at McLean Hospital. Her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, looks at how the internet and the digital revolution are changing childhood and family dynamics, and offers solutions for parents as they shepherd their children through the technological wilderness.

Dr. Ron Taffel is one of the most esteemed specialists in child rearing in the country. He is the author of eight books, the latest entitled, Childhood Unbound: Authoritative Parenting for the 21st Century, and over one hundred articles on parenting and professional training. Additional books include Nurturing Good Children Now, The Second Family and Parenting by Heart. Dr. Taffel consults with schools and community centers nationally. He serves as the chair of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and has a child and family therapy practice in New York City. Dr. Taffel has been featured in The New York Times, "20/20," "Dateline," "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Primetime Live" and "Larry King."