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Susanna holding her grandchild. Both smiling, outdoors.

Staff Spotlight – Susanna Miller-Raines

Meet Susanna Miller-Raines, the Operations Coordinator at CLD!

Susanna has been at the CLD since February 2012, making it the longest she’s been at one job. Covering many roles at the Center, Susanna is in charge of internal and external communications. She is also the Project Manager for CLD’s Model Demonstration Transition Programs for Students… more »

Diversity Fellows: Increasing Access to Youth Mental Health Awareness Training in Hispanic Communities in Georgia

Emily Graybill, PhD, Katherine Suarez, MPH, Mariana Ortiz, BS candidate, & Brenda Liz Muñoz, MS


Over the years, Georgia has grown in population, with much growth in the Spanish speaking community. Along with steadily growing Spanish-speaking communities, the need for health-related resources, including education on mental health issues, has been growing. When arriving to a new country, Latinx youth may face… more »

Improving Preschoolers’ Executive Functioning using Mindfulness-Based Interventions

By Laura Wood, M.Ed. School Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University

Importance of Executive Function Development  in Preschoolers

The preschool years (i.e., 3-5 years old) are an important stage of social and cognitive development for children. One important area that experiences dramatic growth during this time is executive function (EF) skills. EF skills are defined… more »

CAC Member – Paige McKay Kubik

Meet Paige McKay Kubik, one of CLD’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) members!

Paige has been a member of the CAC since June 2016. She joined the Frazer Center in January 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1949, Frazer Center is an Atlanta nonprofit that fosters inclusive communities where children and adults, with and without… more »

CAC Spotlight – Brandy Locchetta


Meet Brandy Locchetta, CLD’s newest Community Advisory Council (CAC) member!

Brandy joined the CAC in March of 2017, and is the newest member of the council. She manages the Inclusion program at the Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning (DECAL; This program supports childcare providers by connecting them with resources, providing… more »

My Voice. My Participation. My Board. Concludes Fifth Cohort

My Voice. My Participation. My Board. Concludes Fifth Cohort University Center Project Reaches Five-Year Benchmark in Self-Advocacy


Atlanta, GA: On December 9-10, 2017, the final meeting of the fifth cohort of My Voice. My Participation. My Board (MVMPMB) was held in Augusta, GA. This gathering was the conclusion of a three-part, multi-day… more »

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Draws Record Number of Attendees for 9th Annual Conference

The 2016 Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support’s  (GAPBS) 9th Annual Conference hosted its largest conference to date, drawing 1200 attendees from across the state on November 30th – December 1st at the Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, GA.


The conference goal was to increase the visibility of positive behavior support in the state of… more »