The professionals who advise Understood are all experts in their fields. They include educators, researchers, learning specialists, physicians, psychologists, lawyers, and more. They share a commitment to helping individuals who learn and think differently thrive in school, at work, and in life.
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Amanda Morin is Understood’s director of thought leadership and expertise.
Expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, early intervention, personal experience
Bob Cunninham, EdM, serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.
Expertise: special education, learning disabilities and ADHD, school administration
Ellen Braaten, PhD, is the director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Expertise: neuropsychology, mental health, learning disabilities, ADHD
Claudia Rinaldi, PhD, is the Joan Weiler Arnow ’49 Professor at Lasell University, where she serves as chair of the education program.
Expertise: bilingual special education services, learning disabilities, and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), pre-service and in-service teacher preparation, bilingual (Spanish)
Kristin J. Carothers, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist devoted to the destigmatization of mental health problems.
Expertise: clinical psychology
Kara Ball, MEd, is an elementary science and STEM education specialist with Baltimore City Public Schools.
Expertise: teaching strategies, dyslexia, personal experience, teacher professional development
Adiaha Spinks, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a developmental-behavioral pediatrician for Texas Children’s Hospital.
Expertise: developmental-behavioral pediatrics
Manju Banerjee, PhD, is vice president of educational research and innovation at Landmark College.
Expertise: college transition, young adults
Afrika Afeni Mills, MEd, helps educators develop and sustain student-centered learning experiences that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Expertise: racial equity
Jerome Schultz, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist and lecturer in the Harvard Medical School Department of Child Psychiatry.
Expertise: anxiety, ADHD
James Emmett, MS, is the lead workplace strategist for Understood, where he supports efforts to create more inclusive workplaces for people with disabilities.
Expertise: workplace, inclusion
Donna Volpitta, EdD, is the founder of Pathways to Empower. Her work draws on the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and education.
Expertise: resilience, mental health
Elizabeth Harstad, MD, MPH, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Expertise: developmental-behavioral pediatrics, medication management
Juliana Urtubey, MA, 2021 National Teacher of the Year, is an Understood Mentor Fellow and a special education teacher and instructional strategist in inclusion and resource settings.
Expertise: special education, bilingual (Spanish)
Karen Wilson, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of children and adults through comprehensive evaluations.
Expertise: neuropsychology, ADHD, learning disabilities, transitions
Keri Wilmot is an occupational therapist who works with children of varying ages and abilities in all areas of pediatrics.
Expertise: occupational therapy, sensory processing
Michelle Lassiter, MA, CCC-SLP, serves as Understood’s expert relations and editorial research associate.
Expertise: speech/language development and disorders, executive functioning, learning disabilities, culturally sensitive assessments and intervention practices, bilingual (Spanish)
Kareem Neal, MA, is an Understood Teacher Fellow and a self-contained special education teacher in Phoenix.
Expertise: postsecondary education, school leadership, diversity, culturally responsive teaching, special education
Shaquala Butler, MA, is an Understood Mentor Fellow and a reading specialist in Huntsville, Alabama.
Expertise: teaching strategies, interventions, critical race theory, teacher professional development
Christina Gutierrez, MSEd, is an Understood Teacher Fellow and a response to intervention (RTI) coordinator and interventionist with early elementary students in New York.
Expertise: English language learners, teaching strategies, interventions
Brian Smith, MA, is an Understood Teacher Fellow and a kindergarten teacher in Claremont, North Carolina.
Expertise: dyslexia, teaching strategies