Meet the Experts Learn more about the scientists and scholars we talked to about solutions.

Meet the Experts

Learn more about the scientists and scholars we talked to about solutions.

Biographies and Websites

  • Ellen Baxter

    Ellen Baxter has committed more than 30 years to redressing the inhumanity of inequality and homelessness in New York City and nationally. In 1981, Ellen co-authored the groundbreaking study, ''Private Lives/Public Spaces: Homeless Adults on the Streets of New York," galvanizing the attention of policymakers, media, funders and the public to the growing crisis of street homelessness. A founder of the Coalition for the Homeless and a pioneer of the supportive housing movement, Ellen founded Broadway Housing Communities to demonstrate that dignified, permanent housing with services was the most effective--and most cost-effective--approach to homelessness for single adults, a model now in wide use throughout the country. Since 1983, BHC has developed and currently manages seven buildings in Washington Heights and West Harlem; two early childhood centers; three community art galleries and a children's museum. In response to the alarming rise in homelessness among families, Ellen adapted the supportive housing model to serve the needs of families with young children. In 2003, Dorothy Day Apartments became the first building in New York State intentionally developed to house families as well as single adults, and includes an on-site Head Start-funded early childhood center that serves residents and the wider community' educational advocacy services; and a community art gallery. For children growing up at Dorothy Day, including those whose parents are challenged by mental illness, addiction, limited English language skills and low educational attainment, high school graduation and college enrollment are the norm. The 191,000sf Sugar Hill Project, completed in 2015, pairs 124 units of affordable housing with an 11,000sf early childhood center and an innovative cultural institution, the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling. Like all BHC housing, tenants at Sugar Hill include the formerly homeless, those with special needs, the working poor, the disabled, seniors, families with young children and single adults. Ellen has been widely recognized for her work, and received an Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Mount Holyoke and Bowdoin College, her alma mater.

  • Jill Hooley

    Jill M. Hooley is a professor of psychology at Harvard University. She is also the head of the experimental psychopathology and clinical psychology program at Harvard. Dr. Hooley has a long-standing interest in psychosocial predictors of psychiatric relapse in patients with severe psychopathology such as schizophrenia and depression. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and by the Borderline Personality Disorder Research Foundation. She is currently using fMRI to study emotion regulation in people who are vulnerable to depression and in people who are suffering from borderline personality disorder.

  • Andrew Scull

    Andy Scull received his B.A. from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton prior to coming to UCSD. His books include Museums of Madness; Decarceration; Madhouses, Mad-Doctors, and Madmen; Durkheim and the Law (with Steven Lukes); Social Control and the State (with Stanley Cohen); Social Order/Mental Disorder; The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900; and Masters of Bedlam. His articles have appeared in leading journals in a variety of disciplines, including British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Review; European Journal of Sociology; Medical History. He has held fellowships from (among others) the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Davis Center for Historical Studies, and in 1992-93 was the president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. Andrew Scull's most recent book, Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, and from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine was published last year to great critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Princeton University Press will publish the paperback edition in September.