Melissa Allen Heath, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University. Her primary research interest is crisis prevention and intervention in the school setting. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally and state-certified school psychologist. In addition to serving on school, district, and community crisis teams, she also received crisis training through the Red Cross Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with schools and communities in developing basic training materials for crisis intervention.
Dawn Sheen is currently a master's student in school psychology at Brigham Young University. Prior to graduate school, she was a middle school teacher specializing in multicultural awareness and French and Spanish language instruction. Her previous experience with crisis intervention includes managing a women's shelter for those affected by domestic violence and assisting with a community rape crisis hotline. Recognizing the need for student involvement with disaster preparedness, she sponsored an after-school “Masters of Disaster” class taught in conjunction with the Red Cross. Her research interests include crisis prevention and intervention as well as multicultural issues in school settings.