About the Author
Kimberly Abraham began her career as an Early Childhood educator, working with children and families in the Flint, Michigan-area schools. She went on to receive her Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Family, Youth & Children. She has been certified as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and provided social work services to children in Flint-area schools. Kim has spent years providing services to youth in the city of Flint, Michigan, working closely with systems such as REACH, Flint Schools and the Genesee Circuit Family Court. She specializes in treating children & adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder and Substance Abuse. Kim and Marney created Life Over The Influence (Legacy Publishing Company, 2011), a CD self-help program for those who love someone who has an addiction or abuses substances. The Oppositional Defiant Disorder Lifeline (Legacy Publishing Company, 2012), a self-help program for parents of behavior-disordered children based on Kim's unique, specialized parenting approach for that population. Kim is a national speaker on the topics of childhood behavior disorders and is frequently a media consultant on topics including: bullying, divorce issues, trauma, surviving a loved one's addiction, grandparents raising grandchildren and the increasing epidemic of adult children living at home (Failure to Launch). Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW, received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1997 with a specialty in Children and Families. She has spent most of her career serving children and families in the Child Welfare and Community Mental Health systems. She is trained in the evidence-based practice of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) and has supervisory experience in the CMH system. Marney specializes in the treatment of children with emotional and behavioral issues and adults experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Marney is the parent of a biological daughter and has both professional and personal experience in blended families, having raised three step-children through adolescence and into adulthood. Kathryn O'Dea was an author and ordained minister who passed away in 2006. Kathryn's organizational skills and support were instrumental in the publication of The Whipped Parent.