NYC-Parents in Action UPCOMING EVENTS 2018-2019

Fall Seminar 2018

Beyond 13 Reasons: A frank discussion about preventing suicide

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Sara Gorman

Director of High School Programming
The JED Foundation

Sara joined JED from Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health, where she was responsible for a large community-based mental health effort in sub-Saharan Africa. As a public health specialist and author, she has also written extensively about mental health, global health, and the intersection of public health and psychology, among other topics. Sara’s book, Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us, published by Oxford University Press in 2016, explores the psychology behind irrational health beliefs and decisions. Sara’s work has appeared or been reviewed in TIME, The New Yorker, Science, Psychology Today, The Atlantic, BBC, NPR, and Quartz. Sara holds a PhD from Harvard and an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.



Joanna Stern

Clinical Psychologist, Mood Disorders Center, Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Child Mind Institute

Joanna R. Stern, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program within the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. She has experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents across a variety of settings, including inpatient, residential, intensive and traditional outpatient psychotherapy. For over a decade, Dr. Stern has treated children and adolescents with mood disorders, with a special focus on complex presentations and co-occurring trauma. She has expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments, as well as specialized training and experience in providing family therapy to diverse populations of children, adolescents and their families.

Dr. Stern is intensively trained in DBT, with almost 10 years of experience in providing individual and group DBT to adolescents and their families, while supervising and teaching students and clinicians in providing DBT services. In addition, she has taught and presented at academic medical centers and community mental health organizations on a variety of topics including the applications of DBT and behavioral approaches to family conflict, as well as child and teen depression, anxiety, and self-injury.

Dr. Stern is dedicated to increasing public awareness about DBT and other empirically supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. She is devoted to providing children, adolescents and their parents exceptional treatment that provides them with the support and tools necessary to make meaningful changes in their daily lives.

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

A pioneer in suicide research, she was the first researcher to ask high school students about suicidal ideation and behavior. Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman leads the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s growing research grant program. She works with over 190 scientific advisors to evaluate progress in the field and chart the next areas of inquiry to yield impactful insights and strategies for suicide prevention.

In her more than 30 years of experience as both a clinician and a researcher, she has always been passionate about translating research into practice. Harkavy-Friedman has published over 100 articles, and she works closely with AFSP’s Education, Communication, and Public Policy and Advocacy teams to develop programs and messages to ensure they follow best practices in suicide prevention and reflect the latest findings in research.

She has appeared as an expert in the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, and other publications. Harkavy-Friedman earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida.

In 1984, she joined Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an assistant professor where she established the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. In 1989, Harkavy-Friedman moved to Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, first as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains a clinical practice in Manhattan.


Daniel Rothstein, Ph.D.

Director, Department of Counseling & Guidance
Horace Mann School, Upper Division

Daniel Rothstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience working with teenagers and their parents in school and private practice settings.  At Horace Mann, in addition to crisis interventions and short-term counseling with students, he oversees programs which address stress reduction, peer-to-peer communication, and mental health awareness for students, faculty and parents.  He is a strong believer that while experts are important, students listen keenly to their peers, and he puts great importance on fostering group discussions.  In addition to a longstanding Peer Leader Program, Horace Mann will have its third “Wellness Week” this year, where students with an advisor lead classes on a broad range of physical and mental health topics, in addition to interactive sessions with outside experts.

Dr. Rothstein brings a broad array of interventions to his work with teenagers and their families.  With a strong background in psychodynamic therapy, he brings mindfulness skills, family systems interventions and problem focused CBT skills to his work.

Dr. Rothstein earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate Center of C.U.N.Y., and a post-doctoral Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from N.Y.U.   He is an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York.  After his work as Senior Psychologist and Associate Director of Intern Training at the North Central Bronx Hospital training site of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he was delighted to return to his Alma Mater Horace Mann (class of ’77) as a psychologist.   In addition to his work at Horace Mann, he maintains a private practice with teenagers and parents in Manhattan.


John MacPhee

The JED Foundation

John brings 25 years of leadership and management experience from the business and not-for-profit settings to his role at JED. Passionate about supporting young adults in their transition to adulthood, John advises several organizations including the S. Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders at City College, Trek Medics, Crisis Text Line, the Health Policy and Management Department at the Mailman School of Public Health, and HIV Hero.

Earlier in his career, he served in executive positions for Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Forest Laboratories, where he oversaw functions such as business development, alliance management, clinical development, regulatory affairs, sales and marketing. John continues to contribute to the development of novel medications for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease through board roles with Adamas Pharmaceuticals and Blackthorn Therapeutics.

In 2016, John received The Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence in the field of public health from the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He earned a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from New York University and an MPH from Columbia University.


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Date: October 2, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Trevor Day High School
312 East 95th Street
New York, NY
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Fall Benefit Luncheon 2018

Lee Woodruff

Resilience: Thriving Through Adversity

Please support NYC-Parents in Action at our fall benefit! Join us for a conversation with Lee Woodruff, who will discuss "Resilience: Thriving Through Adversity." Lee, in addition to her role as a wife and mother, is a New York Times best-selling author of In an Instant: A Family's Journey of Love and Healing, and contributor to ABC's Good Morning America and CBS' This Morning. She will share with us her personal story about her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq, as well as successful strategies for guiding children through life's greatest challenges.

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As co-author of the New York Times best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing on national television and as keynote speakers since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans.

They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist injured service members and their families heal from the wounds of war. To date, the non-profit foundation has raised more than $40 million and invested in grassroots organizations and programs around the country that are helping veterans reintegrate into their communities.

Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.” Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel “Those We Love Most,” which became a New York Times Best-Seller.

A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles. She is the mother of four mostly fabulous children, an alumnus of Colgate University and an avid lover of the Adirondack region.

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Date: November 7, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The University Club
1 West 54th Street
New York, New York
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