|Roseann Sdoia: Today, as a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and amputee, Roseann is making great strides in changing the lives of others. As one of the top motivational speakers and more recently a published author of Perfect Strangers, Roseann combines her powerful, personal story of perseverance with her professional corporate background and offers lessons learned throughout her challenging comeback journey as insightful, motivational tools that everyone can use to discover their own unstoppable strength. Roseann’s mantra that “life is only as positive as you make it” serves as the foundation for redefining one’s own mindset in achieving every personal and professional goal and ultimately living a happier, richer and more fulfilling life.
Osob Issa is a clinical social worker and program coordinator at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Children's Hospital in Boston. Issa received her master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She was born in Somalia and arrived in the United States as a refugee. Issa has been working with refugee and immigrant families in Boston and North America for the last 10 years through community-based participatory research and intervention. She has facilitated numerous trainings and workshops on the intersections of mental health, culture, identity, substance abuse, racial justice, resilience, and health adjustments of refugee and immigrant populations. She is an expert in building culturally responsive mental health services and is deeply committed to global struggles for social justice.
Grete Dyb is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and head of research at the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies. As the Principle Investigator of “The Utøya Study,” she is conducting longitudinal research projects on survivors and families of the massacre in Norway in July, 2011. She was trained in child and adolescent psychiatry and worked many years as a clinician in hospitals and outpatient units. Her special interest, childhood trauma and posttraumatic stress reactions in children and youth, has resulted in research on children, youth and families exposed to traumatic events such as child sexual abuse, violence, accidents and disasters. She has authored 90 international and national scientific publications within the field of childhood trauma, disasters, terror attacks and the impact of trauma on mental health in children, adolescents and adults and served as a teacher and supervisor for bachelor's, master's, PhD and post-doc students since 1992. She recently served for six years on the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors and as President of ISTSS in 2016.