About Us

RISE UP

Education and Mental Health Advocacy

We are Team Project RISE (Recognizing and Improving Support for Educators), an independent group of professionals with expertise in education, mental health, child psychology, advocacy, and law. We are here to:

(1) provide a mental health training course for teachers to help support students facing mental health struggles  

(2) advocate for improved education legislation, particularly policies that support mental health identification services for students amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and 

Our mission is to provide a 1-hour mental health training course for educators in all schools so they may receive instruction about how to recognize and improve the mental health of their students.

Course will be available Fall 2021! 

Team Project RISE 

Dr. Eve Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein is a licensed psychologist and learning disabilities specialist.

She has devoted more than 20 years helping children and adolescents develop the skills necessary to feel comfortable and confident across home, school, and social settings. With her unique background in education and psychology, she understands the issues families face are multifaceted, often a combination of interpersonal, educational and emotional factors. Working from a strength-based model, she fosters strong connections across disciplines and settings to affect change. 

Dr. Goldstein works bi-coastally as the director of Westchester Child Therapy in Scarsdale, NY, and Calabasas Child and Adolescent Psychology in Calabasas, CA. 

She has taught at the graduate level, created the manualized teacher training program Developing Executive Function Skills for Academic Success, and lectures widely on topics related to navigating school support services, executive functioning, anxiety, depression, parenting and family functioning.

Danielle Matthew

Danielle Matthew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who treats bully victims and their families and educates schools, medical professionals and the community about the bullying epidemic. 

With over 20 years of experience, Danielle authored Amazon Parenting Best-Seller, The Empowered Child: How to Help Your Child Cope, Communicate, and Conquer Bullying, and is the Director of The Empowerment Space Bullying Therapy Program in Los Angeles. Danielle also has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA, where she helps adolescents, adults, couples and families who are in pain due to issues such as anxiety, severe stress, low self-esteem, or depression.

Danielle has been featured on Huffington Post, Washington Post and TODAY.com, and has also appeared on Fox, ABC and CBS Morning Shows and Mom Talk Radio. Danielle trains, consults and speaks nationwide. Recent presentations and consultations include several primary and secondary schools throughout the country, Pepperdine University, the Skokomish Tribe Behavioral Health Program, and Counseling Partners of Los Angeles.b47

Dr. Regine Muradian

Dr. Regine Muradian is a licensed clinical psychologist, children’s author, speaker, consultant and mental health advocate.

In her clinical practice, Dr. Muradian works with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a wide range of emotional stressors. She specializes in Anxiety and is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), ADHD, Depression, Eating Disorders/Body Image and Executive Functioning and Leadership Training. Dr. Muradian is also a specialist in Psychological, Personality and Neuropsychological Assessments. 

In her consulting work, Dr. Muradian has spearheaded a variety of workshops not limited to positive parenting, leadership and employee satisfaction, communicating effectively, and often presents on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Muradian has provided intensive supervision and training to doctoral interns as they acquired skills in clinical practice and psychological assessments. She has also served on the medical staff at the Good Samaritan Hospital and was the Director of Behavioral Health Services.

She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations/Business Marketing from the University of Southern California. She also received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology followed by Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Children, Adolescents and Families. She completed her training at Cedars Sinai, Children’s Hospital and the Glen Roberts Child Study Center

Dr. Muradian is a published children’s author. Her first book, Franky and the Worry Bees was released during the pandemic as she found children and teens were having a difficult time connecting and staying motivated over zoom. She has two more books as part of her Franky series coming out in 2021 titled, Franky and His Homeschool Adventures and Franky and His Special Talent. Dr. Muradian knows how to keep her clients motivated and help create positive change in their lives.

Dr. Muradian has been featured as a national renowned parent expert in outlets not limited to: Good Day LA, Daily Mail TV, Architectural Digest, FabFitFun, Huffington Post, MSN, CV Weekly, Thrive Global, and Healthline.

Corky O'Rourke

Corky has been an educator for 37 years. 

She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education, with a specialization in learning disabilities and autism. She is currently working as the Teacher Specialist in a public school that educates students ages 3-22 with moderate to severe disabilities.

In addition, Corky works as a Private School Coordinator for private schools in the Glendale Unified School District, working with teachers and administrators to support students with IEPs and learning challenges.

Corky is a mother of three with her youngest being non-verbal and having autism. She is an ardent supporter of mental health issues in school-age children and supporting the disabilities we cannot “see.”

Anna Siddiqui, Esq.

Anna Siddiqui is a mental health advocate and attorney who specializes in disability and education law. 

 

In her legal work, Anna represents clients in family law, disability rights, and special education cases. In her consulting work, Anna advises and supports her clients to meet their individual and organizational goals by providing expertise in law, policy, and business development.

Anna is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA DC, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy for neglected and abused foster youth in the District of Columbia. 

Prior to entering the legal field, Anna worked for various non-profit organizations focusing on refugee services, internet connectivity in underdeveloped nations, and access to clean water. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Montana; a Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California; and a Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington School of Law.

While in law school, Anna worked as a Student Attorney for the Disability Rights Law Clinic where she represented clients in their disability discrimination claims against federal agencies, and parents of children with disabilities seeking services and protections pursuant to the IDEA and §504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.