David L. Bell, MD, MPH, Board Chair and Co-Founder
Dr. Bell is Associate Dean of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia University Medical College, Professor of Pediatrics and of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Medical College and clinician at The Young Men's Clinic. He is an adolescent medicine physician and, at the clinic, works primarily with ages 12-24. The Young Men's Clinic is a unique adjunct to the Center's Family Planning Clinic, a school-based clinic program consisting of three middle schools and two high schools in upper Manhattan. Dr. Bell is Past President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. He has consulted for the federal Office of Family Planning, and assisted with trainings on male health with Federal OFP Regions I, II, IV and VI, as well as with Engender Health (formerly AVSC). He has appeared on MTV, BET, and CBS, promoting male health issues. Dr. Bell completed a three-year adolescent medicine specialty fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, Treasurer
Dr. Rafferty is a Triple Board resident at Brown University, which is an interdisciplinary program leading to board eligibility in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. He was a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar who received his M.D., M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health, and Ed.M. in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard University. At graduation, he was recognized with the Intellectual Achievement/Faculty Tribute Award for dedication to scholarship that enhances academic life and positively impacts fellow students. He was a Charles A. Dana Scholar who graduated magna cum laude with honors in neuroscience and a concentration in philosophy from Bates College in 2005, and spent a year teaching in a public junior high school before starting graduate work at Harvard. In medical school, he has served in faculty positions as a clinical preceptor and Gross Anatomy tutorial and lab instructor where he was recognized by his students with an "Excellence in Tutoring" award. Pursuing interests in medical ethics, Jason served as vice-chair for the American Medical Association's Student Bioethics and Humanities Committee and is currently a member of the Ethics Committee at Rhode Island Hospital. Jason's interest in health policy has led him to China and Japan to study international health systems, and to numerous leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his tenure at Harvard, he was elected to two terms as the Vice-President of Student Advocacy on the Harvard Graduate Council, the University-wide graduate student government. His aspirations are to care for at-risk adolescents and, for the past four years, he has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the design and implementation of a peer leadership intervention to increase adolescent male health literacy and utilization of school-based primary care services.
Thomas Beall, MHSA, Director
Mr. Beall currently serves as a social marketing and health communications consultant. For more than 25 years, he worked for Ogilvy Public Relations where he served as founding Global Managing Director of the agency’s industry-leading social marketing practice. He also co-chaired the agency’s Global Health Practice. He directed many of the agency’s largest public health and public education accounts, working over decades in support of such clients as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as major companies including Merck and Pfizer. His work focused on health promotion and disease prevention across the ages, with a recurring focus on sexual and reproductive health. This included leading Ogilvy’s award-winning support for CDC’s landmark America Responds to AIDS campaign, as well as related work for such clients as the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and GlaxoSmithKline targeted primarily to adolescents and young adults. He served as Chair of Board of the American Sexual Health Association and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Coalition for Sexual Health, where he now serves as Co-Chair of the Coalition’s communications working group. He also serves as member and chaired the Board of the American Forest Foundation, reflective of his interest in the intersection of public and environmental health. He earned both his B.A. and MHSA. (Health Services Administration) from The George Washington University.
Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D.
is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Judy received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University, where she studied boys’ development during early childhood and adolescence with Carol Gilligan. Judy’s research highlights boys’ relational strengths and examines how boys’ gender socialization can impact their identities, behaviors, relationships, and well being. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). She developed curricula for The Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, and currently serves as Chair of Movember's Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Promundo-US.
Joseph Derrick Nelson, Ph.D.
Is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and affiliated faculty with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. He is also the Research Director of the School Participatory Action Research Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania—a partnership organization that facilitates youth-led research to address race and gender equity within K-12 schools. He is a sociologist of education, and his research to date has examined race, boyhood, and education within learning environments that largely serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. His forthcoming book with Harvard Education Press is entitled, (Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Portraits of Academic Success during the Middle School Years. He also co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Boyhood in the United States—with over thirty contributors. In public media, his research has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio. In the United States and abroad, he has presented on his research at The White House Summit for Children’s Media and Toys, the Ideas Festival of the Aspen Institute, and the International Boys’ School Coalition. In the high-poverty neighborhood where he grew-up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Nelson taught first-grade in a single-sex class of Black and Latinx boys.
Mary A. Ott, MD, MA, Director
Dr. Ott is a Professor of Pediatrics in the IU School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at IUPUI. Dr. Ott is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and a Master’s trained pediatric ethicist. She is the fellowship director for Adolescent Medicine, and she provides adolescent health care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Her areas of expertise are adolescent pregnancy and HIV prevention, adolescent ethics, and young men’s health. Her research includes implementation sciences approaches to community-based adolescent pregnancy and violence prevention, adolescent access to contraception and the ethics of research with vulnerable adolescent populations. Her work is funded by the NIH, the Society for Family Planning Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is currently a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Dr. Ott consults on adolescent health policies and programs locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a member of the Adolescent Subboard for the American Board of Pediatrics, the executive committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section of Bioethics and the editorial boards for Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Journal of Pediatrics.
J. Terry Parker, PhD, CHES, ATC, FASHA
Dr. Parker is a native Texan where he worked in public schools as classroom teacher, school counselor and held other leadership roles. He also spent 19 years in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health where he worked with urban school districts across the country in the areas of Health/Sexual Health Education, Services and Related Programs including sexual and gender minority youth. His work also included programs and services pertaining to adolescent mental health. His related publications appear in the Journal of School Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of School Nursing, the American Journal of Sexuality Education and others. Terry is active in the American School Health Association where he has served on the Board of Directors and chaired both the Councils on Health Behavior, and Sexuality Education and Reproductive Health. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of School Health. Terry is also active in the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health.
In addition to his work in schools and adolescent health, Terry also provides sports medicine services for a local high school’s boys’ soccer program. He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the US National Boys U-16 Team Program and a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report on Soccer Injuries in Children and Adolescents. Terry is also a Charter Member of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society and serves on the Scientific Program Committee. Relatedly, Terry is a peer reviewer for the Clinical Journal of
Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW, Co-Founder and Director
Ms. Siegel is a licensed clinical social worker at the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston. She is the Director of Mental Health Services within the division and the Director of Social Work Training for the Boston LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) grant. She is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has had a longstanding interest in provider/patient communication with young men and has recently produced a training module, "Effective Clinical Interviewing for Adolescent Boys and Young Men," available on Pedicases. She coordinates a health website for adolescent boys www.youngmenshealthsite.org and chairs the Young Men’s Health Initiative in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Over the years, she has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential and inpatient programs, community clinics, college counseling centers and private practice.
Gabriela Vargas, MD, MPH
Dr. Vargas is an Adolescent Medicine Physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also has a Master of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has specific clinical and research interests in adolescent and young adult male health. She is the Director of the Young Men’s Health Site, which is an international online platform aimed at addressing the unique health needs of adolescent and young men. She has written several research articles on young men’s health, including use of protein supplements, pregnancy prevention, and dating violence. She has spoken locally and nationally about young men’s health to clinicians and community leaders.
Noah Weatherton, DNP-PMHNP, Director
Dr. Weatherton is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the Seattle metro area. He is a 2019 Fellow in the University of Washington LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) program, focusing on understanding the negative mental health effects of "traditional masculinity" on cisgender adolescent boys and young men. His healthcare career began in 2010 as a "street medic," volunteering to provide emergent care on the front lines of political protests and long-term encampments.
Dr. Weatherton has presented locally and nationally on research interests of creating pathways for communities (parents, teachers, coaches, healthcare providers) to better engage young men on the subject of healthy masculinity development. Recently, he has begun teaching on these topics at University of Washington and Seattle University, in both undergrad and graduate nursing programs. As a Psychiatric NP, Dr. Weatherton practices in community mental health clinics, and advocates for more socially just health promotion programs and policies at state, local and federal levels.
Ahmed Raihone, Youth Representative Director
Ahmed "Sami" Raihane is currently a first-year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, with an interest in pursuing plastic surgery, specifically in reconstructive burn surgery. Sami recently graduated from Stanford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Health Policy. At Stanford, his studies explored the intersection of social determinants of health and the biomedical sciences, with the aim to address social inequalities. Sami's focus on applying his academic studies to practical action intensified when he led an initiative -- in collaboration with peers, physicians, and a pro bono attorney -- to make Naloxone fentanyl test strips accessible free of charge in San Francisco, California, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sami is committed to tackling addiction in his community and is working with Team Advocating Combating Overdose at the University of Southern California to expand this program to undergraduate and medical schools nationwide and directly address the opioid epidemic. He is also collaborating with the Native Health Initiative at the University of New Mexico to enhance substance use literacy.
Dennis J. Barbour, JD, President and CEO
Mr. Barbour is Co-Founder and President/CEO of The Partnership for Male Youth. He also serves as the editor of the Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males. An attorney with over 30 years' experience in the nonprofit health field, he has served as a CEO and advisor to national and international organizations composed of physicians and other health care providers, patients, researchers, academicians and caregivers in the fields of primary care, dermatology, reproductive health, preventive medicine, HIV/AIDS, addiction, geriatric and end of life care.
Among other appointments, he was the executive director of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and legislative counsel to the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Occupational Medical Association and Meharry Medical College. In recent years he served as the president and CEO of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and interim CEO of the Alpha 1 Association, the Society for Credentialed Addiction Professionals and Americans for Better Care of the Dying, as well as strategic planning consultant to AIDS Action and the National Peace Foundation. He also served as principal editor of the American Academy of HIV Medicine’s inaugural core curriculum for credentialing of HIV physician specialists. He has been the author of legal briefs and numerous articles on health care issues. His most recent prior appointment was CEO of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.
Barbour attended Georgetown University and the Washington College of Law, where he graduated with a JD. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and the US Supreme Court Bar.
He can be reached at email@example.com, or 202-841-7475.
Susan J. Wysocki, NP, FAANP, Medical Director
Ms. Wysocki, a women’s health nurse practitioner, is a nationally recognized figure in the field of reproductive health. She served as the first President and CEO of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) for 25 years. She is the women’s health columnist for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She was the Editor in Chief of Women’s Health Care: A Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners. She also serves on the editorial boards of American Nurse and Contraceptive Technology Update. She has authored numerous articles about issues in women’s health and has been a video blogger for Web MD. Among other awards, in 1999, Ms. Wysocki was selected by the Nurse Practitioner Journal for a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000, she was chosen as a charter Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has served as the chair of the National Alliance of Nurse Practitioners and was the founding President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP). In 2003, she was presented ACNP’s Sharp Cutting Edge Award for her leadership and an award from the Nurse Practitioner Journal for political activism. In 2005, she was awarded the Alan Guttmacher Lectureship by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.