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Deborah Beidel, PhD

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. UCF RESTORES is a clinical research center dedicated to changing how PTSD is understood, diagnosed, and treated. A leader in the area of traumatic stress, her use of virtual reality to treat PTSD has led to the development of treatments that are 2 to 3 times more effective than standard psychological interventions.

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Mo Canady

Mo Canady is widely recognized for his advocacy of carefully selected, specifically trained, and properly equipped school resource officers and is a respected voice in the school safety arena. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University. He is a former lieutenant with the City of Hoover Police Department in Hoover, Alabama. The last twelve years of his law enforcement career were spent as the supervisor of the School Services Division. After 25 years of service, he retired from the Hoover Police Department in 2011. Mo has served as the executive director for NASRO since 2011. Under his leadership, the organization has become the premiere training agency for school resource officers (SROs) across the country and around the world, establishing national standards for school-based policing.


Kevin Fischer

Kevin Fischer is the Executive Director of NAMI Michigan. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


Steve Hinkley

Steven Hinkley has worked for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years and is now the elected Sheriff. During his career Sheriff Hinkley has served in numerous areas that have included critical leadership roles, including patrol, corrections, court-transport security, detective bureau, supervision, policy development, training, major crime scene investigations, vehicular homicide investigations, grant writing, crime scene supervision, and development of operational procedures.

Peter Houk, JD

Now retired, Peter Houk practiced law for more than 50 years. An adjunct professor of Criminal Law and trial practice at Cooley Law school for 24 years and the President of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association and chief Judge of the seven-judge circuit.


Jason Hutchens

Jason Hutchens is the Area Sales Manager, for Motorola’s Smart Public Safety Solutions Team. As an attorney with experience as associate professor, private sector, and a seasoned public safety practitioner in municipal and state government, Jason provides a unique perspective to help agencies and departments tackle their specific public safety challenges.


Peter Langman, PhD

Dr. Langman is a psychologist whose research on school shooters has received international recognition. His book, Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters, was named an Outstanding Academic Title and was translated into German, Dutch, Finnish, and Russian. His work has been cited in congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Fox, CNN, the BBC, and over 500 other news outlets in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.


Frank Ochberg, M.D.

Dr. Ochberg is a psychiatrist, a pioneer in trauma science, an educator and the editor of the first text on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is one of the founding fathers of modern psychotraumatology and served on the committee that defined PTSD. He is a graduate of Harvard and of Johns Hopkins Medical School.


Melanie Penner, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Penner is a developmental pediatrician and senior clinician scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research interests are in autism.

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Melissa Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC

Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services.  She is past president of the National Association of School Psychologists (2016-17), most recently was an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, and previously worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Dr. Reeves has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings. 


Jessica Stern, PhD

Dr. Stern is a research professor at Boston University and a senior fellow at both the Center for Naval Analyses and the Community Safety Branch at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Stern has taught courses on counter-terrorism for over 20 years – at Boston University, Harvard, and CIA University.


Alexander Westphal, MD, PhD

Dr. Westphal is an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine with a primary appointment in Yale’s Division of Law and Psychiatry and a secondary appointment at Yale Child Study Center. He serves as a consulting forensic psychiatrist on risk for Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
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