The Reach Within Thinktank

Thinktank 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. His medical interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, healthcare administration, patient advocacy and pediatric hematology. He has served as a speaker for the Nassau Pediatric Society (NY) and participated in office-based clinical research. 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.

Moira Hennessey

PhD, MPH, Psychosocial Consultant

Moira 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. Her research interests include cross-cultural mental health, consequences of adversity, and resilience processes. Dr. Hennessey has consulted for numerous international organizations in humanitarian contexts throughout the world, providing assessment, training and program development in areas of child and adult mental health, community and gender-based violence, and public health. Throughout her work, she employs a strength-based approach to supporting individuals and communities. Dr. Hennessey holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University, and a MPH in global health and humanitarian studies from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Sharon Lickerman

Child Development Consultant

Sharon has been a Montessori educator sine 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 has experience in different non-profit organizations whose shared purpose is to enrich and improve children's lives. She is a trained yoga instructor for both children and adults and is deeply dedicated to the growth, development and wellbeing of children.

Joshua D. Sparrow, M.D.

Research and Education Advisor

Joshua Sparrow, MD, 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. In 2010 he was appointed to the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Head Start Research and Evaluation Committee. He 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.

At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work has focused on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, cross-sector collaboration, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities. For the past 15 years, he has been deeply involved in shared learning and problem-solving projects that he has termed “collaborative consultations,” for example with the Harlem Children’s Zone and other place-based initiatives, and with American Indian/Alaskan Native Early Head Start/Head Start Programs, among many other organizations and communities around the country and internationally. He is also collaborating with the Center for the Study of Social Policy on an ambitious project to transform public and policymaker understanding of evidence, and to increase its relevance to the ever more complex challenges of raising children to their full potential across diverse contexts.

Edward Tronick, Ph.D

Research and Education Advisor

Ed Tronick 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, a past member of the Boston Process of Change Group and a Founder and faculty member of the Touchpoints program. With Kristie Brandt, Dorothy Richardson, Marilyn Davillier he has created an Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has developed the Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale and the Touchpoints Project with T.B. Brazelton. He developed the Still-face paradigm. With Barry Lester he developed the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale. He is currently working on developing norms for the neurobehavior of clinically health newborns and collaborating with Rosario Montirosso in Milan on a multi-NICU examination of developmental caretaking and its effects on preterm infants.

Hazel Da Breo, Ph.D

Research and Education Advisor

Hazel Da Breo 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., and will co-author two further texts in the series (to be published 2014 and 2015, Palgrave McMillan).  Along with running a private practice, Hazel works as consultant to various UN agencies and returns frequently to Toronto where she lectures, maintains a private practice, and attends to her on-going professional development. She served on the Board of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, 2006-2007.

Richard Hunter, Ph.D

Research and Education Advisor

Richard 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. Why do many, if not most, humans and animals recover quickly from trauma and why do others go on to suffer life long impairments like depression and post traumatic stress disorder? Why does environmental stress cause some to age more rapidly than others?

To answer these questions, Hunter utilizes a number of rodent models of stress and analyzes the impact of these stress models both on behavior and upon molecular and cellular changes in the nervous system. In particular he is interested in the changes in epigenetic marks and molecules occurring in stress sensitive brain regions like the hippocampus. He has recently shown that one of these marks, Histone H3 lysine 9 trimethyl, a repressive mark, is involved in a genomic stabilizing response within the hippocampus that is targeted at transposable elements within the genome. These elements, which comprise an order of magnitude larger portion of the genome than the genes themselves, are an almost completely unexplored territory with regard to brain function in health or in disease. However, they hold the promise of new understanding of the way the brain adapts, or fails to adapt, to stressful environments.

Thinktank Applied Science


Care Homes

Reach Within has worked with care homes in Grenada to implement the programs. The ages of the children who are residents in the homes range from infancy through adulthood. We appreciate the opportunity to work with the children and their loving caregivers.

The Queen Elizabeth Home for Children

The Bel Air Home for Children and Adolescents

The Dorothy Hopkin Centre

The Government of Grenada Emergency Shelter Center (The Father Mallaghan’s Home for Boys)

Thinktank Institutions

St. George's University

St. George's University was founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, and has evolved into a top center of international education including the study of Public Health, Liberal Arts and Business.  It draws students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Reach Within collaborates with SGU on innovative programs that raise awareness about psychosocial care, developmental trauma and resilience.

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.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline, created by Dr. Becky Bailey, has informed much of reachwithin's Caregiver Training Program. Dr. Bailey has offered much expert advice and assistance to our co-founder, Dr. Lawson and our program director in Grenada, Dr. Landon.

Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Founded in 1996, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center is rooted in and builds upon the work of T. Berry Brazelton, MD, 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 partners with families of young children and the communities and systems of care that surround them so that all children will be healthy, succeed as early learners and have the opportunity to thrive.  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. Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow from the Brazelton Touchpoints Center have been advisors for reachwithin's work through the years.

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.

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.

The Calm Parent AM & PM

The Calm Parent AM & PM provides realistic solutions to help caregivers keep calm and balanced in order to become more effective in caretaking. This program has been committed to providing parents and caregivers with sound advice using the same Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles that The Total Transformation and their other programs are based upon.

Yoga Revolutionaries

The Yoga Revolutionaries are igniting a grassroots effort to reframe mainstream yoga. Yoga Revolutionaries invite you to step into a virtual space where personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Yoga Revolutionaries has provided reachwithin with the tools and the support to actively participate in the evolution of consciousness through online training of staff in Grenada.

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 Programme 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. As one moves, they learn to stretch their bodies in new creative ways. Through yoga poses, games, activities, music and stories, Karma Kids Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness. 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. With this added resource, it will only further the success reachwithin achieves with our own hollistic yoga programs.

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.

Sensible Sitters

Sensible Sitters is a child care referral service with operations in New York City, the Hamptons, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Athens, GA and Dallas, TX. The business was founded in 2005 by Vanessa Wauchope with the goal of providing a higher quality experience for families seeking babysitters in the city. Sensible Sitters combines high quality service with software enablement to connect babysitters with families for all types of childcare needs. Sensible Sitters completes the homework on behalf of families of finding and scheduling babysitters.

SalusWorld

The mission of SalusWorld is to stand, collaborate, and coordinate with victims of trauma, humanitarian workers, and other activists to facilitate a return to a healthy emotional life after setback, loss, or injury caused by war, political conflict, multi-ethnic tensions, natural disaster, prejudice and epidemics. SalusWorld responds to manmade and natural disasters by providing emergency emotional support and long-term psycho-social training to people and communities in crisis because we recognize that the psychological and emotional scars of such events – wounds that are invisible to the naked eye and may continue in people's minds long after the trauma has ended. SalusWorld is committed to a train the trainer model of care so that local supportive staff will promote counseling in as widespread and meaningful ways as possible.

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dept. of Psych/Dev & Brain Sciences

Dr. Edward Tronick, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, has been instrumental in integrating the work of his department into Reach Within's educational platform for caregivers.  He has translated complicated research on the neural underpinnings of cognition, perception, and behavior to child development in a manner that promotes serious regard for the the relationship between early adversity and long-term emotional development. Further, he has initiated studies of stress in caregivers and its impact on caregiving.  Dr. Richard Hunter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, engages in research through animal models on the way the brain adapts, or fails to adapt, to stressful environments. He has used this research in training for caregivers as a way to impart an understanding of the adverse effects of stress on both children and caregivers, both biologic and other.