Advisory Board

  • Stan Davis

    Stan Davis has worked for human rights in many different ways. In the 1960s he worked in the Civil Rights movement. As a social worker and child and family therapist in the 1970s and 1980s, he worked with abused, traumatized, and grieving children and trained Child Protective Workers. He designed and implemented training for a network of rape crisis centers and collaborated with police to develop effective interventions for domestic abuse.

    In 1985 he became a school counselor. After working in High School and Middle School he moved to the James H. Bean elementary school in Sidney, Maine, where he worked until 2010.

    Since the mid-1990s he has put his energies toward helping schools prevent bullying. Stan’s work has been featured in national newspaper and radio articles and on a special 20/20 report on bullying with John Stossel. He is the author of the 2004 book Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying (2nd edition 2007) and the 2007 book Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention. Schools Where Everyone Belongs was published in Spanish in 2008. Stan has presented keynotes and workshops at conferences and trained school staff and students in 25 US states, in Canada, and in Africa.

    With Dr. Charisse Nixon, Stan is co-leading the Youth Voice Research Project, which has collected information from more than 13,000 young people in the United States about what works and what doesn’t work in bullying prevention.

    His trainings integrate research, practical experience, specific techniques, storytelling, and audience participation. Stan Davis has served as a consultant and trainer to MAAV and the Melrose Public Schools since 2000.

  • Dr. Anne Noonan

    Dr. Anne Noonan is a lifespan developmental psychologist interested in the psychological and social development of people of all ages. She is a psychology professor at Salem State University where she teaches courses in child and adolescent development, the psychology of women, adult development, the psychology of social class, and general psychology. Her research interests include the subjective aspects of social class, social relationships, and the psychological aspects of paid employment and economic opportunity.

    Dr. Noonan has served as Principal Investigator of federal research grants including a National Science Foundation (NSF) study of science and math education among urban high school students, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies of religiosity and sexuality among adolescents, and the relational resources of older workers. In other work, her research has focused on diverse populations such as: middle school students enrolled in comprehensive sexuality education; informal caregivers to frail elders; adolescent substance abusers in publicly funded treatment; same-sex couples; urban high school students in school-to-work programs; school-age children and their out-of-school time; and young children in a variety of care settings. She has also worked in the area of refugee and immigrant services.

    Dr. Noonan received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology from Boston University, and a B.A. in psychology from Framingham State College. She is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and has lived in the Melrose area since 1993. When she is not teaching or conducting research, she spends her time with family, in yoga class, and writing creative non-fiction.

  • Dr. Alan Woolf

    Dr. Alan Woolf is a pediatrician, educator, and medical toxicologist. He received a BS degree in honors biology from Stanford University, his MD from the University of Chicago and an MPH from the University of North Carolina. He did his pediatric residency and a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Woolf is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a member of both the Academy at HMS and the Teaching Academy at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He is director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Children’s Hospital, co-director of its fellowship training program in pediatric environmental health, and co-director of Region 1 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Dr. Woolf is the national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for Children’s Hospital. He has served as the physician consultant for the Melrose School District in Melrose, Massachusetts, since 1997. He is a past-president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and is serving as the current president of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Woolf’s research interests include childhood poisoning and poisoning prevention, the toxicity of herbs and dietary supplements, childhood lead poisoning, adolescent substance abuse, and issues in pediatric environmental health. Dr Woolf has published over 250 scientific articles, chapters, and reviews and is medical editor of the book: The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health & Development (Perseus Press, Cambridge, MA).


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