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Taking Care of Yourself and Your Students: Coping with Pandemic Crisis & Loss

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  • Dr. David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP

    Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

    David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (, located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine. Prior faculty positions have been in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine; Head of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; and Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Chair of Pediatrics at Drexel University School of Medicine.

    For over 30 years, he has provided consultation and training to schools on supporting students and staff at times of crisis and loss in the aftermath of numerous school crisis events and disasters within the United States and abroad, including the COVID-19 pandemic (2020); terrorist attacks of the World Trade Center (2001); school and community shootings and stabbings in Santa Clarita, CA (2019); Parkland, FL (2018); Newtown, CT (2012); Benton, KY (2018); Las Vegas, NV (2017); Thousand Oaks, CA (2018); Floresville, TX (Sutherland Springs church) (2017); Marysville, WA (2014); Osaka, Japan (2001); Corning, CA (2017); Aurora, CO (2012); Platte Canyon, CO (2006); Chardon, OH (2012); and Townville, South Carolina (2016); flooding from hurricanes Maria in San Juan (2017), Sandy in NY and NJ (2012), Katrina in New Orleans (2005), and Ike in Galveston, Texas (2008); tornadoes in Joplin, MO (2011) and AL (2011); wildfires in Butte County, CA (2018); Sonoma County, CA (2017) and in the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN (2016); and the 8.0-magnitude in Sichuan, China (2008).

    Dr. Schonfeld frequently speaks (with over 1,000 presentations) on the topics of crisis and loss and has authored more than 150 scholarly articles, book chapters, and books. He has conducted school-based research (funded by NICHD, NIMH, NIDA, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, William T Grant Foundation, and other foundations) involving children’s understanding of and adjustment to serious illness and death and school-based interventions to promote adjustment and risk prevention. Dr. Schonfeld is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery (formerly Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council) and the National Biodefense Science Board. He served as a Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disastersand the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission in CT. He served as President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 2006-7.

  • Dr. Ashley K. Powell, PhD, RDN, SNS

    Child Nutrition Director
    Auburn City Schools

    Ashley K. Powell is a registered and licensed dietitian and currently serves as the Child Nutrition Director for Auburn City Schools. She holds a B.S. in Dietetics and a M.Ed. in Health Promotion from Auburn University. She completed her Ed.S. from the University of Georgia and her PhD from Auburn University in Adult Education. Dr. Powell holds her School Nutrition Specialist credential from the School Nutrition Association.

    In her current position, Dr. Powell is responsible for the overall foodservice operations of the school district while following all of the federal, state and local nutrition and food safety guidelines. In previous positions, Ashley has served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, School Nutrition Coordinator, as well as a Renal Dietitian.

    Dr. Powell has served as the Alabama School Nutrition Association President, President-elect, and Vice-president. She has also served on the ASNA nominating and scholarship committee. She is currently the Chair of SNA's Professional Development Committee.
    Ashley and her husband reside in Auburn and have three children.

September 16, 2020
Wed 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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