Our Team

Alice Lombardo Maher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in New York City. Dr. Maher believes that the same dynamics that underlie psychoanalytic theory and methodology are at work within the greater society, but popular culture tends to dismiss them or use them as weapons to marginalize, trivialize, or ridicule the humanity of others. She believes that the ability to understand the emotional experience of the other and communicate across divides is a complex and difficult process, one that involves a language yet to be discovered. Dr. Maher founded Waging Dialogue and the Changing Our Consciousness family of projects, to develop the tools to confront that problem in a unique and effective way. Her goal is no less than a change in our consciousness. 

Read more about Dr. Maher’s theoretical approach

Matt Bogaty joined Changing our Consciousness in 2016. He is responsible for crafting our message, developing our projects, and facilitating collaborations with other organizations. He currently directs the Waging Dialogue Project, manages the online presence of the Emotional Imprint Program, and helps manage the online presence of our partner organization, the Collaborative for Compassionate Civic Engagement. Matt was also responsible for creating the divides.org E-Book for the Emotional Imprint Hunter College High School essay project. He is also an independent screenwriter.

Bernice Arricale is a special education teacher and literacy specialist whose work with primary-age children and their teachers keeps redefining notions of what it means to be a “special needs” learner. Says Alice Maher, “Bernice has been my ‘muse’ for the past half century, and everything I’ve ever done has been filtered through the mirror of her discerning eyes. I know what I look like in large part because of the way she’s reflected me back to myself. This project wouldn’t exist if not for her.” 

Melissa R. Brand, Psy.D. has worked for over 20 years in education. She has developed and implemented interactive prevention, social skills, and advisory curricula for schools across the country. She has trained hundreds of faculty members to teach children to effectively articulate their emotions, improve communication, develop self-esteem, cooperate, problem-solve, engage in dialogue, stay healthy, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, self-advocate, prepare for college, and lead with the goal of improving their selves, their schools and their society. Dr. Brand is a licensed psychologist and consultant in private practice in Philadelphia. She holds a doctorate in school psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing from Bard College and Post-Baccalaureate in Special Education from Kean University, She is New Jersey Certified in School Psychology, Special Education and Elementary Education. 
Learn more about our educational arm, Emotional Imprint.