Sandra Cushner Weinstein
Youth & Families Editor
Sandra Cushner-Weinstein holds licenses in Clinical Social Work and Physical Therapy in several states. She is the founder and director of The Brainy Camps Association, serving children with epilepsy, neurofibromatosis, autism syndrome, transitional youth, and other chronic health conditions. She is a practicing clinician in the Department of Neurology at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., where she provides counseling and runs groups for children, teens, and parents; trains students and residents; writes grants; and conducts research. She also holds a faculty appointment in pediatrics and neurology at The George Washington University School of Medicine.
Ms. Cushner-Weinstein is a principle investigator researching quality of life, adaptive coping, parenting stress, and resilience among children with epilepsy. She has a long history of designing programs, directing health organizations, writing grants and establishing non-profit agencies to serve children with chronic health conditions, their families and the community.
Her work in the field of epilepsy includes the development of clinics and educational conferences; production of English and Spanish educational DVDs for pediatricians and families titled, “Coping with Epilepsy: From Seizures to Success”; and leadership on the D.C. Epilepsy Learning Collaborative. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee for the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies, which produced the report, “Epilepsy across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding.” She has had several appointments to committees and boards including the Professional Advisory Boards of the Epilepsy Foundation and Child Neurology Foundation.
Prior to working at Children’s National, Ms. Cushner-Weinstein spent 7 years as the director of the Epilepsy Foundation for the National Capital Area, where she established the first camp in the area for children with epilepsy. From 1986-91, she was director of the MS Society of Santa Clara, California.
In 1986, she established her first non-profit organization, called PACT, with an interdisciplinary team of professionals to perform assessments and interventions for children from birth to six years and their parents. She also established the first mainstreamed daycare in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to this position, Ms. Cushner-Weinstein practiced physical therapy and became the Chief Physical Therapist for the United Cerebral Palsy Association in Baltimore.
From 1981-85, she worked in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she was awarded a demonstration project grant from the state of Maryland to develop the first Parent Infant Intervention Program.
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