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About Lives in the Balance
"The thought that life could be better
Lives in the Balance is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School, to advocate on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers and to provide free, web-based resources to help people understand these kids in ways that are more compassionate and accurate and help them in ways that are more effective. Lives in the Balance is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.
The Directors of Lives in the Balance were chosen because of their commitment to Dr. Greene's approach and the compassionate treatment of children in a diverse array of settings, including schools, inpatient psychiatry units, residential facilities, juvenile corrections facilities, and outpatient mental health settings:
Laura Baker, Ed.D.: Laura is Assistant Professor of Special Education at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts. She is a former principal and director of special education, as well as the former head of school at Greenfield Center School, the first school to embrace and implement Dr. Greene's model.
Julie Benay: Julie is principal at Mallets Bay School in Colchester, Vermont. She has been a tireless advocate for implementation of Dr. Greene's model in her school system and region.
Laura Fuller, Ph.D.: Laura is a neuropsychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She was instrumental in implementing Dr. Greene's model in her prior position at Shodair Children's Hospital, a residential and inpatient facility for children and adolescents in Helena, Montana.
Stephanie Meyer, Ph.D.: Stephanie is former Clinical Director of the Emotion Regulation Program in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She brings to Lives in the Balance her expertise in the use of Dr. Greene's approach in outpatient settings.
Susy Portin: Our newest Board Member, Susy is the parent of three great kids, two of whom had emotional and behavioral challenges (that’s how she learned about and become a devotee of Dr. Greene’s work and Lives in the Balance). She’s one of the co-hosts on the Parenting Your Challenging Child radio program, sponsored by Lives in the Balance.
Kathy Regan, RN: Kathy is the former nurse manager on the Child Assessment Unit (CAU) at Cambridge City Hospital in Boston, where she and her staff dramatically improved treatment of kids and virtually eliminated the use of restraint and seclusion through implementation of Dr. Greene's model (READ more).
Bartlett Stoodley: Barry is the former Associate Commissioner of Juvenile Services in the Department of Corrections in Maine, where he and his colleagues dramatically improved services to at-risk youth through implementation of Dr. Greene's model and other non-punitive, non-adversarial, cutting-edge approaches (READ more).
Ross Greene, Ph.D., is founder and Director of Lives in the Balance. He is also Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, staff psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Senior Lecturer in the school psychology program in the Department of Education at Tufts University, and adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.
Sheila Brennan Nee is Associate Director of Lives in the Balance. She previously served as Director of Sales at the non-profit Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau and as Program Coordinator at Kids First Center in Portland, Maine, an organization supporting families of separation and divorce. Sheila assists Dr. Greene with all facets of Lives in the Balance operations and programs.
Whitney Kimbar, Ed.S., is a graduate of the school psychology program in the Department of Education at Tufts University and a practicing, licensed school psychologist in Massachusetts. At Lives in the Balance, she serves as Director of Outreach and oversees research of issues related to behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers and coordinates communications and scheduling for Dr. Greene's radio programs.
The Lives in the Balance Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized researchers in children's mental health, and provides input and guidance on research initiatives and priorities. CLICK HERE for information about its members.
Lives in the Balance programs are funded through contributions from Dr. Greene, CPS Initiative, and members of the Lives in the Balance Founders Circle. If you're interested in supporting our mission, please contact Sheila at Sheila@LivesintheBalance.org.
Our mailing address 85 Exchange Street, Suite 201, Portland, Maine, 04101