David Arredondo, MD is a psychiatrist for children, adolescents and families, and is the founding director of The Children’s Program. In addition to his private practice, he has focused on effective models of service delivery for disenfranchised and underserved children and families facing multiple adversities. His primary focus is the transferring of knowledge of early childhood brain development, the effects of trauma, and current thinking about children’s connectedness to practitioners in multiple disciplines.
Dr. Arredondo designed, implemented and documented the nation’s first Juvenile Mental Health Court and has disseminated the model across the country. He also has designed a program called Matrix, which successfully help move children out of institutional settings into community-based alternatives. Most recently, he has translated recent advances in developmental neuroscience into a practice improvement model that is child and family friendly, culturally competent, strength based, and non-stigmatizing: The Tonal Connectedness Initiative.
Dr. Arredondo is a proven social change agent and policy catalyst. He is a nationally known clinician, public speaker, forensic consultant and concept expert. Among other state and national media outlets, Dr. Arredondo’s work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and he recently served as the principal expert witness for the ACLU in a federal case involving the incarceration of immigrant children in Texas. His work was cited recently in The New Yorker magazine.
Dr. Arredondo is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology.
JUDGE LEONARD EDWARDS (ret) is a Judge-in-Residence with the California Administrative Office of the Courts. In that capacity he is working with the California Courts to improve court operations particularly regarding juvenile and family court matters.
Judge Edwards was a judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County for 26 years. Judge Edwards served in the Domestic Relations Court for 3 years and after that spent the majority of his time as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. Judge Edwards was the President of the California Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in 1984 and was the Founder and first President of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, a section of the California Judges Association.
Judge Edwards was the founder of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council and a co-author of the Greenbook (Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases). Judge Edwards led the creation of the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Drug Treatment Court in 1997 and has supervised that court until his retirement in 2006. He was the President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2002. He has taught judges and lawyers in more than 40 states and 7 foreign countries. He has received many awards including the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence in 2004. Judge Edwards has written widely on issues relating to juvenile and family courts and he and his wife wrote Child Abuse and the Legal System.
R. Gilberto Gonzalez, M.D., Ph.D. is Chief of Neuroradiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Harvard and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He did post doctoral work in Molecular Biophysics at MIT, internship and residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a neuroradiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He specializes in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of the human brain.