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As schools across the country prepare to reopen, safety protocols are being put in place to protect students’ physical health, but what about mental and emotional well-being? Social distancing and isolation have had negative mental health effects on students — effects that are heightened when adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are present.

According to a recent U.S. Secret Service report about averting targeted school violence, 70% of “plotters” exhibited behaviors that indicated mental health challenges leading up to, or around, the discovery of their plots. School leaders and policymakers need to prioritize upstream prevention focused on mental wellness.

In this 30-minute webinar, you’ll gain valuable insights from psychology and school safety experts to help guide your reopening plans.


  • The current mental health state of students and how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have heightened during the pandemic
  • What educators should be conscious of when students return
  • Setting the tone for a safe and caring school culture
  • Ways schools can prioritize mental health as part of a safe reopening plan
Administrators are being challenged to think beyond any other “back to school” kickoff. Learn how to prepare your school community to support mental wellbeing and promote a safe learning environment.

Our Presenters:
Margaret H. Coggins, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder, M. H. Coggins, LLC
Psychologist and retired Senior Manager, United States Secret Service, Office of Protective Research, and former Chief, Behavioral Research Program, United States Secret Service

Dr. Coggins is a trusted advisor and an experienced security consultant, bringing over 30 years of specialized work in the prevention of targeted violence, threat assessment, behavioral analysis, and change management. She is a subject matter expert in workplace violence prevention programs; school and campus safety; insider threat and fraud prevention models; and, protective intelligence investigations. As a psychologist, Dr. Coggins’s approach emphasizes proactive prevention and intervention strategies to mitigate risk. From her law enforcement background, Dr. Coggins’s implements operationally relevant, tactically sound, and practically valid solutions. She routinely consults on best practices for program design and implementation, policy development, communications strategies, and training to achieve safety and security objectives. A common denominator throughout Dr. Coggins’s distinguished career is her demonstrated ability to align mission and business priorities with workforce talent and organizational culture. She is recognized as an innovative leader, advancing partnerships and information sharing between Federal law enforcement, mental health, social science research, mental health law, and criminal justice systems. Her work includes providing training and assistance to law enforcement on dealing with the mentally ill.
Glenn Albright, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Director of Research, Kognito

Dr. Albright’s passion for learning and its application in the fields of health and behavioral health fuel his research activities at Kognito. Dr. Albright leads a team of researchers at Kognito in evaluating the efficacy of its immersive learning and assessment role-play simulations to bring about sustained behavior changes in the areas of social, emotional, and physical health. His research involves integrating empirically-based findings drawn from neuroscience such as emotional regulation, mentalizing, and empathy, as well as components of social cognitive learning models including motivational interviewing and adult learning theory. He is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from The City University of New York in the area of experimental cognition with concentrations in neuropsychology and applied psychophysiology. Dr. Albright is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and has received distinguished teaching awards at both Baruch and New York University. He is actively involved in publishing and presents at numerous conferences addressing how game-based role-play simulations can cost-effectively support public health initiatives. These initiatives are focused on bringing about positive changes in behavior and are designed to impact large numbers of geographically dispersed people comprised of vulnerable populations.
Jennifer Spiegler
Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kognito

Jennifer joined Kognito in 2010 with a background spanning education, business, and not-for-profit sectors, in areas such as instructional design, strategic communications, fundraising, and arts administration. Prior to joining Kognito, Jennifer served as assistant director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning where she initiated new projects with faculty in the health sciences. At Kognito, Jennifer leads engagements with state-level government agencies, statewide non-profits, and school districts, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team to support client marketing, customer experience and simulation customization, and new simulation development.
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Dr. Albright’s passion for learning and its application in the fields of health and behavioral health fuel his research activities at Kognito. Dr. Albright leads a team of researchers at Kognito in evaluating the efficacy of its immersive learning and assessment role-play simulations to bring about sustained behavior changes in the areas of social, emotional, and physical health. His research involves integrating empirically-based findings drawn from neuroscience such as emotional regulation, mentalizing, and empathy, as well as components of social cognitive learning models including motivational interviewing and adult learning theory. He is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from The City University of New York in the area of experimental cognition with concentrations in neuropsychology and applied psychophysiology. Dr. Albright is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and has received distinguished teaching awards at both Baruch and New York University. He is actively involved in publishing and presents at numerous conferences addressing how game-based role-play simulations can cost-effectively support public health initiatives. These initiatives are focused on bringing about positive changes in behavior and are designed to impact large numbers of geographically dispersed people comprised of vulnerable populations.
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