Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH leads the educational efforts of the NYU Child Study Center, where he serves as Vice Chair for Education and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. In addition to directing one of the largest training programs in the country in child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Shatkin is the founder and director of nation’s largest undergraduate child development program, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) at NYU. He has authored more than 100 articles, chapters, and published abstracts throughout his career, along with two books, “Born to be Wild” (2017) and “Child and Adolescent Mental Health: A Practical, All-in-One Guide (2015).” His major clinical interests are mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and sleep.
Alan Schlecter, MD, is a clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Medical Center and the director of the Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program at Bellevue Hospital. In his role as Director, he treats and helps organize the care of some of the most vulnerable children and families in New York City. Along with Dan Lerner, Dr. Schlecter teaches “The Science of Happiness” to almost 1,000 NYU students each year, in which he shares the mental health education that he believes all people should receive early in life. He is a co-author of “U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life),” and recently co-edited “Becoming Mindful: Integrating Mindfulness into Your Psychiatric Practice.” Alan is interested in using the best science that we have to foster behaviors and thoughts that might help prevent mental illness and develop well-being.
Trenni Kusnierek is an Emmy award winning sports anchor and reporter for NBC Sports Boston. She has worked in several local markets as well as at the national level for the MLB Network, ABC Sports, and the Big Ten Network. She has covered several sports, ranging from college and NFL football to golf major championships. In addition, she has covered Olympic curling and tennis. Ms. Kusnierek is an accomplished athlete in her own right, running 11 marathons (including three Boston Marathons) as well as reaching the summit of Mt. Rainier. She is a fierce mental health advocate and has close to 44,000 Twitter followers.