Thomas A. Batt is Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Center at Maine Maritime Academy where the challenge of teaching writing and humanities courses at a school with a science-based curriculum helped him discover play strategies for the writing classroom. His areas of research and interest include teacher response and writing-center theory and practice as well as composition pedagogy. His numerous articles have appeared in Computers and Composition, Rhetoric Review, The Peninsula Review, and Creative Writing/ Creative Teaching.
Kerrie Lewis Graham is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, San Marcos. She has contributed articles to the Journal of Comparative Psychology, Animal Cognition, Human Nature, and Folia Primatologica and, with a coauthor, a chapter to The Nature of Play: Great Apes and Humans. Her research interests include the development and evolution of brains and behavior, early social interactions to the honing of the body and brain during sensitive periods of development, and how this may both reflect and contribute to the development and evolution of life in social groups.
Myae Han is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include vocabulary learning, play and literacy development, and environmental print awareness. She has served as co-principal investigator for two multimillion-dollar grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Reading, Writing and Literacy, the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, and Play and Culture Studies, and her presentation, "Connecting Home Cultural Knowledge in Young Children's Play" appeared on a DVD produced by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has served as secretary of The Association for the Study of Play and as a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Early Childhood Education and the Journal of Literacy Research. Noreen Moore serves as Assistant Professor in the Special Education, Language, and Literary Department at the College of New Jersey. Moore has presented her research on K–12 writing strategies and instruction, writing and technology, and the vocabulary development of young children at national and international conferences. Carol Vukelich is the Hammonds Professor in Teacher Education, Director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education, and Co-Director of the Delaware Writing Project at the University of Delaware. She is the author or coauthor of more than fifty articles and coauthor of three books, including Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth Through Kindergarten and Teaching Language and Literacy: Preschool Through the Elementary Grades. Among other professional activities, she has served as president of the Association for Childhood Education International and the Literacy Development for Young Children Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. Martha Buell teaches in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware and is Director of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood. Buell's coauthored articles have appeared in, among others, the Infant Mental Health Journal, the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
Terry Marks-Tarlow is a practicing clinical psychologist in Santa Monica, California. Her areas of interest include the application of neurobiological and nonlinear science to psychotherapy; creative blocks; self-expression and deep transformation; and the clinical interface between yoga and psychotherapy. She has served as a member of the advanced training faculty of the Southern California Counseling Center, an adjunct faculty member at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and a research associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel, Germany. She has lectured extensively, and she has contributed to numerous journals, including Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Creativity Research Journal, Motivation and Emotion, and Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. She has written Psyche's Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity and Creativity Inside Out: Learning Through Multiple Intelligences. She has also served as a fellow at the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and as president of both the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.