Writers

  • Mya Kagan
    Head writer
    Mya created and oversees the voice of whyzz. She is involved in all aspects of content, from writing answers to editing expert articles to developing new subject areas and more. She is constantly amazed by how many fascinating questions there are about this wonderful world, an has answered so many of them that she's become like a walking encyclopedia.
  • Dr. Deborah Gilboa
    Dr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) is a board certified Family Physician and mother of four. Founder of AskDoctorG.com, a resource for parents and educators wit child behavior questions, Dr. G leads seminars all around the country to empower parents to raise children they can respect and admire. You can find her with questions on her site, interact with her on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.
  • Brian Griffin
    Brian Griffin is a New York-based writer and composer. He holds a BFA from New York University, where he studied Dramatic Writing, American Sign Language and Irish Studies, and was also a founding member of the Science and Art Partnership at NYU.
  • Lesli Johnson
    Lesli is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in mood disorders, trauma and loss and issues related to adoption. She facilitates on-going groups with members of the adoption triad in both of her private practice offices as well as various community agencies. Lesli also works with law enforcement and fire personele as a second responder, providing intervention to victims and witnesses of trauma. Lesli received her Bachelors degree from Pepperdine University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
  • Amy Lang
    A three time Mom’s Choice Award® winner for her book, journal and DVD, Amy Lang, MA created the modern parent’s birds and bees talk. She teaches in the Seattle area and nationally. Amy offers individual phone consultations, lectures, and webinars for parents and folks who work with children. Visit Birds Bees + Kids for video tips, book suggestions and to sign up for her newsletter.
  • Evan Levy
    Evan works part time in a Museum; runs workshops for children and parents; loves writing for kids; and is continually trying to bake the perfect cupcake.
  • Sammy Mack
    Sammy Mack's writing has appeared in Global Health, HealthNewsFlorida.org, Gambit Weekly, MAP Magazine, Gulfshore Life, Philadelphia Weekly, the St. Petersburg Times and other publications. Mack earned a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, La. While in New Orleans, Mack was a health reporter for the Gambit Weekly, covering post-Katrina public health stories. Mack was a writing fellow during the 2008 Poynter Summer Fellowship for Young Journalists
  • Sallie Sanborn, MS
    Sallie Sanborn, MS, has been in private practice for the last eighteen years, specializing in issues of illness, injury, and loss. She was a Child Life Specialist (the psychosocial care of children in medical settings) at Bellevue Hospital for nine years and an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education for 12 years. Sallie also received her Master's Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Bank Street in 1982. She consults with schools and agencies and has given numerous talks and workshops on a wide array of issues including children and loss. She has co-written a chapter on the trauma of hospitalization for the book, Play Therapy for Children and Crisis, edited by Nancy Boyd-Webb.
  • Carly Schuna
    Carly is a children's book author and freelance writer of both nonfiction and fiction. She loves to edit novels and short stories as well as copyedit almost anything. Previously, Carly worked as an editor with America's largest children's magazine and answered all science questions submitted by children.
  • Kate Simmons
    Kate Simmons began her writing career as an educational writer and reviewer of media products for children. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and has enjoyed more than ten years of educating children ranging in age from preschool to high school. Kate developed an after-school science enrichment program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students, and she admires how children's curiosity and love of learning make them natural scientists. Kate is currently a full-time freelance writer, enjoying projects that range from design blogging to educational and marketing writing.
  • Dr. Dawn Taylor
    Dr. Dawn Taylor has a Ph.D. in developmental/child clinical psychology from Penn State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with children, youth, and families in residential and community-based settings, including parent education programs, group homes, afterschool centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Communities That Care. She edits and contributes to a parenting column that appears weekly in the Centre Daily Times. With two grown-up kids, three grandkids, and a professional career that has always been centered around kids, Dr. Dawn is happy to have the opportunity to contribute to whyzz!