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Julie Esparza Brown, PhD, is currently a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University in Oregon. A third-generation Chicana, she experienced the difficulties students of color face firsthand while growing up in Southern California. These, as well as her family’s experiences, have propelled her to focus on the appropriate assessment and instruction of children of color, particularly Latino children, with and without disabilities. Prior to Portland State, she worked as a bilingual teacher, bilingual special educator, and bilingual school psychologist in public schools for 18 years. Currently, in addition to her faculty work, she consults with many schools, districts and agencies across the country to create equitable educational systems for all students in all schools.

Dan Florell is an assistant professor in the school psychology program at Eastern Kentucky University and has a private practice. He has a PhD in School Psychology from Illinois State University and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Florell has been publishing and presenting on the topic of cyberbullying for several years. In addition, he writes about technology issues as the NASP Webmaster for the Communiqué.

Melissa A. Reeves obtained her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Denver. She is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed special education teacher. Currently, she is a lecturer at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC), school psychologist and counselor at a pre-K–12th grade school, and consultant to Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) schools. She formally worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado and has provided mental health services in day treatment and residential treatment programs. Dr. Reeves is a coauthor of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and formerly served on the Executive Council of NASP. In addition to responding to various crises over the years, she travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive–behavioral interventions. She is coauthor of three books, a two-time recipient of the NASP Presidential Award and NASP Crisis Management Interest Group Award for Excellence, and a recipient of the Special Friends of ISPA Award by the Illinois School Psychology Association.

T. Chris Riley-Tillman, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Educational School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. Dr. Riley-Tillman is one of the developers of Direct Behavior Ratings (www.directbehaviorratings.com) and the Usage Rating Profile, as well as a recognized authority in the application of experimental design and analysis in applied educational settings. He teaches classes on behavioral assessment and intervention, single case design, and consultation. He is a Co-PI on Project VIABLE-II, a grant funded through IES to develop and evaluate Direct Behavior Ratings as a measure for assessing social behavior. He has published 70 articles and 3 books on social behavior assessment, RTI, and single case design.

Peggy Scallon, MD, is clinical associate professor and Director of Residency Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. She is board certified in adult psychiatry, and in child and adolescent psychiatry. She teaches and supervises medical students and psychiatry residents, and she also directs the School Psychiatry Consultation Service to the public school district in Madison. Additionally, she has maintained an active clinical practice with children, adolescents, and families for more than 19 years.

Julie Weatherly, Esq., is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., with offices in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama and is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia. For 28 years, Julie has provided legal representation and consultative services to educational agencies across the country in their efforts to comply with the IDEA and Section 504. In June of 1996, Julie appeared on CBS news program 60 Minutes to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of the IDEA. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. Julie has developed a number of videotape training series on special education law and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops, and seminars. In 1998, Julie was honored by Georgia’s Council for Exceptional Children as Georgia’s Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities, and in 2012, she was honored for Outstanding Service to the National Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Mary Wimmer, PhD, is a Wisconsin school psychologist and writer. The second edition of her book, Evidence-Based Practices for School Refusal and Truancy was published by NASP in 2013.