Elizabeth Segal, PhD, is a social policy analyst with a background in professional social work. Her current research centers on social empathy and how greater empathic insight can lead to the creation of more effective social welfare policies and programs. With her empathy research team, she has published numerous articles on interpersonal and social empathy. She is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
Stephanie Luz Cordel is the Founder and Principal of All Voices Consulting. She works as a collaborative consultant supporting leaders and organizations enhance their social impact. She focuses on promoting equity and inclusion in order to center those most impacted by social issues. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master's of Social Work with a concentration in Policy, Administration and Community Practice from Arizona State University.
Cynthia A. Lietz, PhD, LCSW is senior associate dean at ASU’s College of Public Service and professor at the School of Social Work. Her research focuses on cultivating resilience in youth and families involved in the child welfare system. She also developed strengths-based supervision, a model of clinical supervision that enhances implementation of family-centered practice. Her research indicates that empathy is an important factor in the resilience process. It is also essential for social service supervisors and leaders. Assessing and building the components of empathy have emerged as an important part of her work.
Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social work. Her research interests include social empathy; participatory research and social service approaches for adolescents and young adults who are members of populations that face oppression and marginalization, including LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness; and community and organizational practice.
Jennifer Geiger, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago in the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Her research interests focus on assessing and cultivating empathy, promoting and supporting foster care alumni in postsecondary education settings, and resilience in families and children involved in the child welfare system.
David Becerra, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Social Work. His research interests include adverse effects of poverty among Latinos, migration and immigration, Latino health, and Latino education and academic achievement.
Madelaine Adelman is professor of justice and social inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. An anthropologist, Adelman is the author of Battering States: The Politics of Domestic Violence in Israel (Vanderbilt University Press, 2017) and, with Miriam Elman, co-editor of Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City (Syracuse University Press, 2014). She serves on the GLSEN national board of directors, and is a founder and board member of GLSEN Phoenix.