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In this episode David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, founder and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, joins hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, for a discussion about the potential harm of high-intensity “live crisis” drills in schools. The hosts also talk with Kelly Dundon, MD, FAAP, and Weston Powell, MD, PhD, FAAP, about their research on parenting and career paths for pediatric residents.



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David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP


David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine. Prior faculty positions have been in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine; Head of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; and Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Chair of Pediatrics at Drexel University School of Medicine.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Schonfeld has provided consultation and training to schools on supporting students and staff at times of crisis and loss in the aftermath of numerous school crisis events and disasters within the United States and abroad. Dr. Schonfeld is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children and Disasters and the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters.

Kelly Dundon, MD, FAAP


Kelly Dundon, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified general pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente Washington. She received her medical degree at the University of Washington and went on to complete her pediatric residency and chief residency at UW and Seattle Children's Hospital. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington, with a particular passion for social services and policies that impact child and family health. She has two little boys at home. Her older son was born during residency, sparking a special interest in parental leave policies during medical training.

Weston Powell, MD, PhD, FAAP


Weston Powell, MD, PhD, FAAP, received an MD and PhD from the University of California at Davis School of Medicine. He then completed residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He stayed at the University of Washington for sleep medicine fellowship and is currently a Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine fellow at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition to research on circadian rhythms in lung disease, Dr. Powell focuses on the career paths of pediatric trainees and pediatrician scientists. He and his wife have two boys, who were born during medical school and residency. 


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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