2017 Featured Speakers


Pre-Conference Clinical Workshop

Peter J. D'Amico, Ph.D., ABPP

Director, Child and Adolescent Pyschology
Long Island Jewish Medical Center of Northwell Health
Daniel Hoover, Ph.D., ABPP

Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger
Instructor, Department of Psychology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Peter J. D’Amico, Ph.D., ABPP is Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center of Northwell Health and Director for National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) sponsored grant project on Supporting Trauma Recovery for Youth with Developmental Disabilities (STRYDD Center). He is an Associate Professor at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine. Dr. D’Amico has specialty board certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and a long history of service provision, program development and consultation with agencies serving youth with serious emotional/behavioral difficulties including individuals with developmental disabilities. His interests include positive behavioral supports, child and adolescent trauma, dissemination and training of evidence-based child and adolescent interventions. He is a certified trainer of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (NCTSN sponsored).


Daniel Hoover, Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute and holds a faculty position in the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He founded and directs the Horizons Clinic, a team of clinicians treating children with co-occurring developmental disorders and trauma symptoms. He is active in research on the intersection between autism and trauma, conducting studies on trauma prevalence, modified treatment protocols, and the Interactive Trauma Scale—a mobile app he developed for screening children with autism and traumatic experiences. He also directs doctoral and postdoctoral psychology training at the Center.

Opening Keynote

Bryan H. Samuels, MPP

Executive Director

Chapin Hall at University of Chicago  

Bryan H. Samuels, MPP
is the Executive Director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s leading research and policy centers focused on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. Under Samuels’ leadership, Chapin Hall has continued to build its reputation as a center for excellence in data analysis, innovative research, and policy expertise. His tenure has been marked by a commitment to furthering the rigor and depth of Chapin Hall’s research, and by fostering connections with partners around the University of Chicago, within Illinois, and throughout the nation. He has also helped establish Chapin Hall as a national leader on issues ranging from child well-being to youth homelessness.

Before joining Chapin Hall, Samuels was appointed by President Barack Obama as Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), making him from 2010-2013 the highest-ranking federal child welfare policymaker in the country. As ACYF Commissioner, he emphasized the importance of child well-being and the use of data-driven approaches to improve the welfare of vulnerable children and youth. Samuels has over twenty years of experience in child welfare, including having served as the Chief of Staff of Chicago Public Schools under Arne Duncan and as Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He was also a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration from 1997 to 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Closing Keynote

Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D.

Vice President for Institutional Equity

Duke University and Duke University Health System       

Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D.
is a clinical psychologist and the Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System. He has responsibility for diversity/inclusion, affirmative action/equal opportunity, and harassment/discrimination prevention and complaint handling for faculty and staff on the undergraduate campus, graduate and professional schools, and a health system comprised of three hospitals and outpatient clinics. He is adjunct faculty in the departments of Community & Family Medicine, and Psychology & Neuroscience.

Dr. Reese has served as the Associate Director of the Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy in New York City, the founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Culture & Ethnicity at this Center, and the Ombudsperson for the Rockefeller Foundation.

His areas of specialization are implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication. He has more than 45 years experience in the field of race relations and diversity and is a highly sought after national speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education and the corporate environment.

He has represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health (non-governmental organizations) at the United Nations. Dr. Reese is the immediate past president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and served on its founding board. In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Liberal Education, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of engagement with issues of race relations and diversity.

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