Julia Bryan is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her principal research is on school-family-community partnerships and the role of school counselors and other school personnel in building partnerships. Dr. Bryan has developed a model for such partnerships that enhances educational resilience, academic success, and equity, especially in high-poverty schools. She also studies critical issues facing children of color (e.g., college access); disproportionate disciplinary practices; and school bonding and connectedness. She has published numerous articles and made many presentations at national conferences.
Erica Childress is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research focus is town and gown relationships and how to encourage universities and communities to conduct sustainable development. She plans to have a career in local community development.
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