I recently got my masters in Social Work at Boston College, and am happily living in the town of beans. I grew up in Sharon, MA - which is south of the city, and studied psychology and sociology at both UMASS Amherst and McGill University (up in Montreal). I researched non-suicidal self-injury and bullying at middle schools for a while, then switched gears to human motivation, and learning what makes people like you tick. After graduating, I spent a couple of years working in a high-risk group home for the mentally ill, and then was hired to do psychological research for SMRT Education. Joe currently works for the United Way as a project director for the BoSTEM initiative, helping youth access engaging out of school time STEM education experiences. When I'm not podcasting, I write books, play sexy sax, and cook delicious meals.
Sydney first joined us on episode 34, where she helped us explore self-talk and motivation in the days leading up to her first marathon. Spoiler alert: She finished. After joining us on more episodes, and dealing with Joe's madness, she is now a regular contributor, and is spearheading the new look and primary purpose of Synapse - to connect people to food in a way the is accessible (and delicious). Nowadays, we don't know what we would do without Sydney as a part of the Synapse team.
I recently graduated with my master's degree in clinical social work at Boston College. I also have a certificate in social work and neuroscience. I grew up in Connecticut and studied psychology and human development at UConn. After graduating, I worked at The Fessenden School in Newton, Massachusetts, where I taught elementary school, coached middle school sports, and helped run a ninth grade dorm. During my first year of graduate school, I worked at The Rashi School, an independent Jewish day school southwest of Boston. I also worked as an outpatient therapist for children, adults, and groups in Brookline, Massachusetts. Currently working as a school counselor in Seattle, Washington. Non-podcasting passions include guitars, craft beer, cooking, and push ups. I also take up space on the internet with twitter and on my website.
All-star history teacher and frequent-Synapse-guest-turned-cohost. After joining several episodes of Synapse Radio to discuss "teaching in the trenches," Brian joined the Synapse team in Summer 2017 to contribute to a new series on three (intersecting) spheres of education.
Graphic design work by Jackie Cimino. She's one of the best ones out there, and the work she did for us was first class. From our first email to our final invoice, Jackie brought professionalism, stellar communication, and the coolest art to our show. You can learn more about Jackie and hire her for your own projects through her website. You can trust us on this one, she's the greatest.