Joel Epstein, Ph.D., is a research associate professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, a division of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. In 1996, he was selected by AV Video/Multimedia Producer for a "Top 100 Multimedia Producers" award, and in 1994 won the Outstanding Scientist Award from the Missouri Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Dr. Epstein is the author of numerous scientific articles and several interactive multimedia programs designed to teach young people about substance abuse. He lives in St. Louis, MO.
Peggy Epstein, a former language arts teacher with 25 years experience, was a regular presenter of workshops for parents and students. She writes for a number of children’s magazines in the Cobblestone Publications Group, as well as writing on-line lesson plans for parents and teachers who receive these magazines. She is the author of "Great Ideas for Grandkids" (McGraw-Hill, 2003). She lives in Kansas City, MO.