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Featured Speaker

Dr. Allisyn L. Swift

With over 20 years of experience working with children and families, over the arc of her career Dr. Swift has served as an Early Childhood Educator and Administrator.

Independent Educational Professional Development facilitator, Zero-to-Three National Center for Infants Toddlers and Families Fellow, Past Chair of The New York City Association for the Education of Young Children Policy Circle, Infant Toddler Specialist at the Day Care Council of New York, Supervisor at the Baby College with The Harlem Children’s Zone, recipient of the School Psychology Trauma Focused Training Grant at Tulane University, and Lead Psychologist and Racial Equity Coordinator for FirstLine Schools Charter Network.

Dr. Swift is a licensed psychologist who has authored several book chapters and journal articles and facilitated many speaking engagements. Her research and practice interests include the use of participatory action research to study the effects of race-based stress on child socialization, parenting practices, community development, and promoting wellness through school and community environments, and professional development to enhance the cultural and social-emotional competence and wellness practices of educators and school communities.

She deeply values the voice of the community and is passionate about inclusion in the development of policies and practices.   She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Tulane University and a member of the research team at Beloved Community, a Racial and Economic Equity firm as the Project Director of NOLA C.A.R.E.S initiative. She lives in Bulbancha (New Orleans) where she works, plays, does yoga, holds court on her porch, makes craft cocktails, and plays dress-up.  

Dr. Allisyn L. Swift
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