The Reach Within Think Tank

THE MINDS BEHIND OUR WORK AND THE APPLICATION OF OUR METHODOLOGY


Individuals

Richard Honigman, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Chair of Research and Education Team

Dr. Richard Honigman F.A.A.P. is a general pediatrician with 30 years of private practice experience. He attended NYU's Metropolitan Leadership Program and obtained his M.D. at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in 1976. Recently, Dr. Honigman also graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Boston) Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program in 2013. Dr. Honigman has been invited to present the work of Reach Within at numerous global conferences, including in Rome, Bermuda, Antigua, and South Africa.  He is a well regarded expert in trauma-informed care who is an advisor to UNICEF of the Eastern Caribbean Region and Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting.

Moira Hennessey, Ph.D., MPH

Psychosocial Consultant

Moira Hennessey, Ph.D., is a Psychologist and Public Health professional. Over the past 12 years, Moira has worked as a psychotherapist in New York, Boston, and East Africa, focusing on trauma survivors and children and families. Dr. Hennessey has consulted for numerous international organizations, providing assessment, training and program development in areas of mental health, community and gender-based violence, and public health. Dr. Hennessey holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University, and a MPH in global health and humanitarian studies from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sharon Lickerman, M.S.

Child Development Consultant

Sharon Lickerman, MS, has been a Montessori educator since 2000 and has guided children as well as their parents through development by providing education and support. She is currently Head of School at the Resurrection Episcopal Day School in New York City. Having received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and an M.A. in special education from NYU, she brings rich experience in child development from a social, emotional and intellectual perspective. Sharon is a trained yoga instructor for both children and adults and is deeply dedicated to the growth, development and wellbeing of children.

Neo Satyam Moreton

Neo is a founder of Reach Within and remains committed to strategic planning and curriculum development. He is the founder and CEO of Urban OM, Center for Yoga and Meditation in Stockholm (www.urbanom.se) and is also the creator and founder of The Golden Guru event that launched in 2012 and is now expanding internationally. As a yoga and meditation teacher, Neo is qualified to the highest standard set by The Yoga Alliance in the United States and is certified to train other yoga teachers. Neo holds a degree in law and is a graduate of Columbia Business School Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

Carrie Sanders

Carrie Sanders, MPH, LCSW is a seasoned therapist who works with individuals, couples and families in private practice. Recently, Carrie was the Director of Family Services at the Freedom Institute in New York City for 9 years. She designed, implemented and managed the family therapy program and the intensive adolescent outpatient program as well as provided family, couples and individual therapy. Prior to this, Carrie worked as a family therapist and clinical supervisor in foster care prevention programs. She has also earned a post-graduate Certification in Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. After nearly 20 years in New York City, Carrie recently relocated to San Francisco.

Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D.

Research and Education Advisor

Joshua Sparrow, M.D., DFAACAP, is director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center in the Division of Developmental Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he also holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a co-principal investigator for the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (Office of Head Start, Office of Child Care, ACF, HHS), and is part-time associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sparrow also serves on the American Pediatric Association’s Child Poverty Task Force, and on the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Head Start Collaborative Advisory Council.

Edward Tronick, Ph.D.

Research and Education Advisor

Ed Tronick, Ph.D., is a developmental and clinical psychologist. Professor Tronick is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is director of the Child Development Unit, a research associate in Newborn Medicine, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, an associate professor at both the Graduate School of Education and the School of Public Health at Harvard. He is a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Founder and faculty member of the Touchpoints program.

Hazel Da Breo, Ph.D.

Research and Education Advisor

Hazel Da Breo, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and Child Protection Specialist, who specializes in treatments for both victims and perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence. She is Founder and Director of the Sweet Water Foundation which is headquartered in Toronto and has a sister branch in Grenada. She is a contributing author to the first scholastic text on Child Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Perspectives from the Caribbean, (2013) A.D. Jones ed.  Along with running a private practice, Hazel works as consultant to various UN agencies.

Richard Hunter, Ph.D.

Research and Education Advisor

Richard Hunter, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from Emory University and is currently an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Hunter is fundamentally interested in how stressful or traumatic life events alter not only the course of our lives but the very structure and function of our brains as well. In particular he is interested in the changes in epigenetic marks and molecules occurring in stress sensitive brain regions like the hippocampus.

Institutions

New York University / McGhee SPCS

New York University/ McGhee SPCS and Reach Within have a long-standing alliance and continue to collaborate for mutual benefit. Reach Within staff have worked with professors to use Reach Within as real life examples in course content for NYU classes. Reach Within is grateful for the insight given to us from NYU’s talented faculty and student body.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Founded in 1996, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center is rooted in and builds upon the work of T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., internationally renowned pediatrician, whose scientific research and clinical observations of babies and young children radically reshaped the field of early child development and the practice of pediatrics. The Brazelton Touchpoints Center is committed to creating opportunities for learning and growth through collaborative, strengths-based, culturally-affirming approaches within its own organization and in its partnerships with all others.

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative has provided Reach Within with expert guidance in the areas of public health and monitoring and evaluations. Reach Within's academic advisory board includes a scholar from HHI who has established important metrics to gauge the efficacy of Reach Within's work.

The Child Protection Authority / The Ministry of Social Development

The Child Protection Authority and the Ministry of Social Development and Housing in Grenada have supported Reach Within's programs and initiatives in Grenada.  Reach Within is currently collaborating on trauma-informed care trainings and child abuse prevention educational campaigns.

Consortium for Street Children

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC), of which Reach Within is a member, is the leading international network dedicated to realizing the rights of street children worldwide. CSC focusses on three key strategic areas: Advocacy, Research and Network Development. The CSC network is continually expanding and they currently have over 80 network members working across 130 countries worldwide. Their network is comprised of small NGOs delivering grassroots work in-countries, large international NGOs, multilateral agencies, academics, corporates and individuals, as well as affiliated groups of street children.

UNICEF Eastern Caribbean

While UNICEF has been involved in assistance to Caribbean children since the 1950s, its first Caribbean Area Office was established in Jamaica in 1976. The Office was then transferred to Barbados in 1986. Today UNICEF has offices in Barbados (which serves the Eastern Caribbean Area), Jamaica and Guyana. The UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area is located in UN House, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Program of Cooperation with the Governments of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Karma Kids Yoga

At the Karma Kids Yoga studio, children are encouraged to "play" yoga and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way! The Karma Kids Yoga philosophy of teaching yoga to children provides kids with a variety of yoga tools that they can take away from yoga class and use throughout their lives. Animals, nature and other objects come alive in their classes. Breathing and visualization techniques teach focus, relaxation and self-control. The Karma Kids Yoga program also promotes inner-strength, confidence and self-esteem; a feeling of well-being and respect for others; and, love for one's self, inside and out.

Urban Om

Founded in 2012, Urban OM Center believes that change comes from within and its mission is simple: to play a pivotal role in raising human consciousness by providing urban oases for city dwellers to meet, connect and explore being together. Urban OM has a unique yet simple approach to give tools to our members to discover ways to BE and not effort through life. To support this, we offer over 50 weekly yoga & meditation classes led by highly trained instructors plus regular immersions & special events, daily body and talk therapy sessions and an outstanding certified yoga therapy teacher training offered by international expert trainers.

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