Julie A. Fiorelli is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Her research interests include the differential prediction of positive and negative affect in children, and she has contributed coauthored chapters to Play in Clinical Practice: Empirically-Based Approaches and The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity. Sandra A. Russ is Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Her publications include Affect and Creativity: The Role of Affect and Play in the Creative Process; Play in Child Development and Psychotherapy: Toward Empirically Supported Practice; and articles and chapters in numerous journals and other works. Russ developed the Affect in Play Scale to assess pretend play in children and has held offices in a number of professional organizations in her field.
Pat Power is Senior Lecturer of Digital Media and Design and Course Leader of Digital Media at London Metropolitan University. A specialist in 3-D animation, he has worked widely in both industry and academia, including as Academic Manager for Multimedia and Animation at the Digital Academy. His interdisciplinary research encompasses animation, emotion, play, narrative, and the synthesis of science and the arts. In articles published in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, he has examined expressive style in 3-D computer graphic narrative and the creative nature of character conception. Power also serves as an External Examiner at Oxford Brookes University.
Pamela Wolfberg is Professor of Special Education and Faculty Advisor of the Autism Spectrum Program at San Francisco State University. She has published scores of articles and essays and is the author, coauthor, or editor of three books, Play and Imagination in Children with Autism; Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators; and Peer Play and the Autism Spectrum: The Art of Guiding Children’s Socialization and Imagination. Wolfberg has lectured internationally, and she serves currently as Associate Editor of Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice. Mila N. Kornhaber Dewitt is a member of the Contributing Faculty for Walden University and the Adjunct Faculty at San Francisco State University. In addition to autism, her areas of interest include integrated play groups, child development and learning, and early-childhood communication. She has lectured extensively and contributed to numerous journals including The British Journal of Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Research and Development Education. Kristen Bottema-Beutel is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Special Education Intervention Research at Vander- bilt University. Her primary research focuses on play intervention for children with autism-spectrum disorders, inclusive education and social-communication development, and she has a coauthored chapter forthcoming in the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Eric A. Worch is Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University. He is the recipient of more than twenty research and teaching grants, and his study of play and learning in human and nonhuman primates has appeared in the Journal of College Science Teaching; Education Research and Perspectives; and the International Journal of Instructional Media, among others. He has also presented widely on the development of science curriculum and the teaching of science.