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Speaker Bios

Dr. Ronald S. Federici, ABPN, FACAAP

Patrick Mason, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.

Alla Gordina, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Nadya M. Molnia, M.Ed.

William Houston, JD

Bill Delmedico, Adoptive Parent

Cynthia Smith-Federici, Adoptive Parent


DrFedericiDr. Ronald S. Federici, ABPN, FACAAP, Developmental Neuropsychologist and Psychopharmacologist
Clinic Director/Supervisor
Neuropsychological & Family Therapy Associates

Developmental Neuropsychologist (Specialty in Pediatrics/ Adolescents)
President/CEO, Care for Children International, Inc.
Diplomate-American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN)
Diplomate-American Board of Medical Psychotherapists (ABMP)
Diplomate-Fellow in Advanced Psychopharmacology (FICPP)
Diplomate-American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA)
Fellow-American College of Professional Neuropsychology
Diplomate - American Academy of Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Ronald Federici is regarded as the country's expert in the neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of children having multi-sensory neurodevelopmental impairments, particularly children who have been adopted, both domestically and internationally. Dr. Federici is called upon to evaluate and treat the most complex cases (typically "second opinion and end of the road cases") and has an international following.

Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families by Dr. Ronald S. FedericiAdditionally, Dr. Federici lectures and trains nationally and internationally, and is an accomplished author of his principle book entitled "Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide for Families (With Special Discussion for Assessing and Treating the Post-Institutionalized Child), Second Edition", in addition to multiple professional publications. Dr. Federici's work with severely damaged children was featured on NBC-Dateline in June, 2003. Titled, "Saving Dane, Saving a Family", it won an award for journalism.

Dr. Federici has worked abroad in institutional settings for over a decade, and leads a team of international adoption medicine experts with goals in comprehensive evaluation and de-institutionalization programs. Dr. Federici provides training, educational work shops and supervision in the areas of severe developmental disorders and raising the post-institutionalized child. He has appeared on multiple television shows, and has been the focus of numerous publications regarding complex children with severe developmental and emotional disorders.

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Patrick Mason, M.D. Ph.D.Patrick Mason, M.D., Ph.D,
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
International Adoption Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

Dr. Mason is the Director of the International Adoption Center at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and a leading expert in International Adoption Medicine. Dr. Mason serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption.

He received both his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. He then went on to complete his Pediatric Residency and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been working with internationally adopted children for many years and is now on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Adoption and Foster Care. Also, as an endocrinologist, Dr. Mason is very interested in issues related to early life events and how they relate to growth, puberty and the body's stress response in internationally adopted children.

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Alla Gordina, M.D. F.A.A.P.Alla Gordina, M.D.
Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Global Pediatrics & Family Medicine

2006 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute “Angel in Adoption”

Dr. Alla Gordina is a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She attended the Moscow Medical School and practiced pediatrics and pediatric dermatology in Moscow, Russia for several years.

Dr. Gordina completed her pediatric residency at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ. She has special interests in adoption and foster care, developmental pediatrics, bronchial asthma as well as routine pediatric care.

Since 1994, Dr. Gordina has been practicing general pediatrics and adolescent medicine in Central New Jersey with Global Pediatrics & Family Medicine. Dr. Gordina teaches general pediatrics and pediatric dermatology to residents and students in local medical schools. She has presented her research at sessions of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other meetings. During her many humanitarian missions to the Former Soviet Union, Dr. Gordina provided consultation services in pediatric clinics and orphanages in Russia and Ukraine.

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Nadya M. Molina, M.Ed.Nadya M. Molina, M.Ed.
Neurobehavioral Therapy
Neuropsychological & Family Therapy Associates

Nadya M. Molina, M.Ed. is an expert in the management and treatment of children with complex developmental disorders such as autism, retardation, multiple learning disabilities, ADHD, and pschiatric disorders with a speciality in post institutionalized children. She has lectured internationally with Dr. Federici on utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis and Verbal Behavior Therapy in the treatment of traumatized children from deprived environments. She also helps parents work with schools in organizing proper treatment plans for special needs children. 

Ms. Molina works with families that are seeking help in dealing with challenging behaviors at home and/or school, and assist them in conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), summarizing assessment information in useful and meaningful ways and developing, understanding and implementing Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).  In addition, she provides specific training on functional behavioral assessment, behavior interventions, disability awareness, and/or related subjects as well as Social Skills Training (Individual and Groups Sessions).

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William Houston, JD
Educational Lawyer
Dalton, Dalton and Houston

William Houston, JD is an education attorney with Dalton, Dalton and Houston representing special needs children in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kansas. Mr. Houston is a legal expert in helping parents navigate the special education maze, and a strong advocate for the educational rights and proper services for children with special needs. Mr. Houston's workshop will help parents understand special education laws, and guide families in securing the most appropriate educational placement.

Bill DelmedicoBill Delmedico
Adoptive Parent
Director, Project Katherine

Bill Delmedico is an adoptive father and director of Project Katherine.  Project Katherine is a New Jersey Non-Profit Organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for adoptive families, focusing on International Adoptions, by providing education and support to pre and post adoptive parents, and raising awareness in the medical, education and legislative communities.  Project Katherine seeks to meet the needs of our diverse adoption community and improve the health and quality of life of post institutional children and their families here in New Jersey and society at large.

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Cynthia Smith-FedericiCynthia Smith-Federici
Adoptive Parent

Cythia Smith-Federici is a “professional parent” to adopted and foster care children with an Honorary Doctorate in Child Development. She is a wife, mother of 8, and foster parent to many.

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