Most Important Work – Talking with Kids about Addiction in the Family-How Fred Rogers’ Legacy Can Guide Us.

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Dana Winters, PH.D.

DANA WINTERS, PH.D.
Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs; Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies

As the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dana Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers. Through projects involving children’s helpers across many diverse settings, including child care, school systems, community programs, residential care, and children’s hospitals, she communicates and reflects what is simple and deep about work in service of children and their families. Dana supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. She joined the Center after serving as the Senior Evaluator for the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, and as an Education Counselor with the Educational Opportunity Centers of Penn State University. Dana holds a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.A. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in sociology from Saint Vincent College.

Most Important Work – Helping Children Grieve the Loss of a Loved One from Drug Overdose

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Maureen Ceidro, M.A.

CeidroMs. Maureen Ceidro is a bereavement counselor with over 25 years of experience in the field of grief. She has her master’s degree in theology from Saint Vincent Seminary and is a founder of a family-based grief support program that utilizes various modalities such as art therapy, music and pets to help children from ages 5 to 19 cope with their sadness due the death of a loved one. As part of this program, Ms. Ceidro worked with the Fred Rogers Center, with input from Dr. Jessica Black, to create a psychoeducational brochure, ‘When Someone Your Child Loves Dies’ which can be downloaded here. To hear more information on grief from Ms. Ceidro you can access her videos here.

Most Important Work – Safeguarding Medication

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Michael Lynch, M.D.

Dr. Michael Lynch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Lynch went on to complete his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lynch works in the Emergency Departments at UPMC Presbyterian and Mercy Hospitals. Additionally, the clinical Toxicology service at UPMC is one of the busiest in the country, seeing patients at UPMC Presbyterian, Magee, Mercy, and Shadyside Hospitals as well as Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as providing inpatient addiction treatment. Dr. Lynch has been the Medical Director at the Pittsburgh Poison Center since 2013 and a consulting toxicologist at the West Virginia poison center since 2009. He is the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder Services at the UPMC Health Plan. Dr. Lynch was recognized by the DEA for outstanding contributions to DEA’s mission in 2017, awarded the 2018 Physician of the Year by the PA College of Emergency Physicians, is a member of the PA College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors, and served on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter Agency Task Force led by the US Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Veteran’s Affair.

Most Important Work – Family Recovery

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Dr. Dennis Daley

Dr. Daley is a professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and has been involved in clinical teaching and supervising psychiatric residents and addiction fellows for over 30 years. Dr. Daley served as the Senior Clinical Director of Substance Use Services in the Behavioral Health Integration Division at the UPMC Health Plan. His work in this role focused on addressing the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders (SUDs) through integrating interventions in medical settings to reach more individuals and families affected by SUDs, implementing educational and training programs for medical and behavioral health professionals, and disseminating information on treatment and recovery to providers and the community. Prior to this position, Dr. Daley served for 14 years as Chief of Addiction Medicine Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), and 11 years as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Appalachian Tri- State (ATS) Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Daley has also served as a consultant for the Veteran’s Administration’s Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) Project. Along with his colleagues, he was among the first to publish a substance use disorder recovery workbook for individuals and families. Dr. Daley has over 300 publications and 35 educational videos on recovery from addiction and other psychiatric disorders, including the highly popular Living Sober series for Addiction. He is one of the rare professors who steps outside of the so-called ivory tower and is actively involved in local and national organizations that address issues related to SUD.