E. Jane Costello, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, where she directs the Center for Developmental Epidemiology. She is also associate director for research at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Costello studies the origins, course and prevention of mental illness across the life course, with the goal of improving the understanding, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. She is currently directing the seventeenth annual wave of data collection for the Great Smoky Mountains Study, a longitudinal study of the development of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and access to mental health care, in a representative sample of 1400 children and adolescents living in the southeastern United States.
William E. Copeland, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding the short- and long-term effects of stressful events upon normal development and emotional functioning. In particular, he studies the impact of childhood trauma and bullying. He received his training at the University of Vermont and at Duke University Medical Center. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and his work has been featured in The New York Times and TIME Magazine and on CNN.