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Julia O’Sullivan, Ph.D. is Dean of Faculty of Education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and National Director of Health Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs. Her professional career spans the academic and public arenas. Her research (funded by NSERC and the National Literacy Secretariat) on poverty and reading has achieved national and international recognition in the academic and public sectors. For 15 years she has worked with daycare centers, schools, community groups, and governments to develop educational services and policy for young children living in poverty. As one of the National Directors of Health Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs Julia leads a team of academic, community, government and private partners dedicated to improving the lives of children living with special needs in rural and northern Canada.

Mark L. Howe, Ph.D. is the National Director of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs, a Professor of Psychology, and former Dean of Research at Lakehead University. His professional career has spanned the academic and public communities (particularly those areas concerned with children and the law) and continues to do so. His research (funded continuously by NSERC) is focused on children’s cognitive development, the results of which have been widely published in more than 150 journal articles, books, and conference proceedings. Recent work has been focused on autobiographical memory and children’s memory for traumatic experiences (e.g., child victims of abuse, witnesses to violent crime in the family). He serves as a consultant to the police, crown prosecutors, and defense attorneys concerning memory, children, and the law. He has consulted in over 100 cases, provided expert testimony in over 20, and contributed to the development of training manuals for front-line workers (e.g., social workers, police) on appropriate procedures for questioning children about violent crimes.

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