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Emotional Imprint™ is an innovative K-12th grade curriculum in emotional literacy: the capacity to use emotions as a tool for understanding and problem solving.
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Meet Alice Lombardo Maher, M.D., Founder and Director

Emotional Imprint™ is the vision of Alice Lombardo Maher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. Dr. Maher believes that the same dynamics that underlie psychoanalytic theory and methodology are at work within the greater society, but popular culture tends to dismiss them or use them as weapons to marginalize, trivialize, or ridicule the humanity of others. She believes that the ability to understand the emotional experience of the other and communicate across divides is a complex and difficult process, one that involves a language yet to be discovered. Dr. Maher founded Emotional Imprint™, and its non-profit sponsor organization Changing Our Consciousness, to develop the tools to confront that problem in a unique and effective way.

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Melissa R. Brand, Psy.D., Curriculum Designer

Melissa R. Brand, Psy.D. has worked in education for eighteen years. She began her career working with children with autism in the public schools. Later, she pursued her doctorate in school psychology with the goal of having a greater, systems level impact on children. Dr. Brand has developed and implemented interactive prevention, social skills, and advisory curricula for schools across the country. Through her work in prevention, she has trained hundreds of faculty members to teach children to effectively articulate their emotions, improve communication, develop self-esteem, cooperate, problem-solve, engage in dialogue, stay healthy, avoid alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, self-advocate, prepare for college, and lead with the goal of improving their selves, their schools and their society. Currently, Dr. Brand is a licensed psychologist and consultant in private practice in Philadelphia. Sheholds a doctorate in school psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from Bard College and Post-Baccalaureate in Special Education from Kean University. She is New Jersey Certified in School Psychology, Special Education and Elementary Education.

Susan Dansker, Creative Director

Susan Dansker is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for crafting words and images into a synergistic whole. For over 25 years she has worked with institutions, corporations, and individuals in fields as diverse as education, health and social services, architecture, and independent films. She is a creative problem solver who listens to, shapes, and communicates ideas through web design, graphic design, photography, video, and the old-fashioned written word.

Bernice Arricale, M.S., NYC Department of Education, Educational Advisor

Bernice Arricale is a special education teacher and literacy specialist whose work with primary-age children and their teachers keeps redefining notions of what it means to be a "special needs" learner. Says Alice Maher, "Bernice has been my 'muse' for the past half century, and everything I've ever done has been filtered through the mirror of her discerning eyes. I know what I look like in large part because of the way she's reflected me back to myself. This project wouldn't exist if not for her."

John Foy

Marshall W. Alcorn Jr, Ph.D.

Suzanne Amro

Victoria Grinman, LMSW

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MSciEd, MBA