Dale Carlson is the author of dozens of books for young adults with 3 ALA Notable Book Awards, the Christopher Award, YALSA Best Picks, VOYA Honor Book, 3 New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, 3 Independent Press Medals, 4 ForeWord Books of the Year, Junior Literary Guild, International Book of the Month Club.
Past Director of Developmental Disabilities at The Kennedy Center for the Mentally Disabled, at West Haven Community House, Hannah Carlson is author of Living with Disabilities, and The Courage to Lead: Start Your Own Support Group—Mental Illnesses and Addictions. She is former Senior Therapist and Vocational Counselor/Evaluator at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center. She has lectured and taught in her field of the developmentally and traumatically disabled, and is several times published in the international journals “Brain Injury,” and in the “Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling.” She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology and a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. Carlson is a past Director of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Behavioral Health Specialist for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Currently, she is Senior Director of Dungarvin’s Day and Residential Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.