David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

Center Director

Dr. Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and Director of the NCSCB.Read more...

Thomas Demaria, PhD


Tom is an expert in psychological trauma response and an adjunct professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Long Island University. He assists with coordination of the NCSCB's Coalition to Support Grieving Students initiative and provides consultation to schools dealing with crisis and loss.

Richard Gilman, PhD


Rich is a professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). His research focuses on risk and resiliency factors in youth. He assists in development of the NCSCB's research efforts.

Daniel Nelson, MD


Dan is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the child and adolescent psychiatric units at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). He is a recognized authority in counseling children and families who have experienced trauma related to a disaster or act of terrorism, or from interpersonal violence or abuse. Within the NCSCB, he provides consultation and training to schools and communities impacted by major crisis events.

Vincent Giordano, MS


Vinny is a partner at Denizen Consulting working with schools on policy development for student support services. He is former Executive Director at the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Student Support Services, where he served pre- and post-September 11, 2001, overseeing citywide services for student discipline, physical/mental health and crisis management. Within the NCSCB, he advises school administrators and assists with nationwide implementation of the Center's Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

Scott Newgass, MSW


Scott is an educational consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education, overseeing initiatives addressing mental health and discipline. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, focused on social work in educational settings. Within the NCSCB, he provides consultation to schools related to crisis prevention and response, with an understanding of implications for state departments of education.

Dominick Nigro, MEd


Dom is a partner at Denizen Consulting, working with schools on crisis preparedness and policy development for student support services. He is former Director of the Office of Student Services for the Staten Island Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, pre- and post-September 11, directing crisis intervention initiatives, student discipline, and physical/mental health services. Within the NCSCB, Dom advises school administrators and assists with nationwide implementation of the Center's Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

Past Board Members

Barbara W. Boat, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center and Director of the Childhood Trust at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Trena Goodwin, RN, MSN
Ms. Goodwin specialized in School Mental Health Consultation and Disaster Mental Health and served as the Director of Prevention and Education Division at the Central Psychiatric Clinic and the Chairperson of the Division of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for the Department of Psychiatry in the University Cincinnati.

Robin Gurwitch, PhD
Since the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, she has contributed to our understanding of the impact of trauma and disaster on children and ways to increase resilience.

Chris Park
Immediate past President of the New York Life Foundation. In that role, she dramatically grew the Foundation’s programs in childhood bereavement and helped to initiate and lead many important initiatives to address the needs of grieving children and to enhance the field of childhood bereavement. She is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and serves on nonprofit boards and advisory committees.

Frank Putnam, MD
Child and adolescent psychiatrist known internationally for his research involving large-scale dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatment and prevention programs in community settings, among other areas. He was director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at CCHMC, before relocating to the University of North Carolina.

Sarah Strizzi (former ex-officio Board member)
Formerly with the US Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where she served for eleven years as a Program Manager for various grant programs and projects related to school safety, emergency management, and drug and violence prevention.

Gregory A. Thomas, MS
Former director of the Program for School Preparedness and planning in the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; co-author of three books on school safety.

Marleen Wong, PhD
Senior Vice Dean of Field Education at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and an internationally recognized mental health expert who has developed recovery programs, crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement.