Marianne Celano

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Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP worked for more than two decades as an Emory University School of Medicine faculty member, serving children and families in Atlanta. She has been involved in community advocacy efforts focused on children’s behavioral health and social justice. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice (Magination Press) describes a traumatic event—a police shooting—from the perspective of a White family and an African American family. This story models productive conversations around racial-ethnic socialization and social-emotional learning, and provides an excellent platform for discussing social justice and race relations with children. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with conversation guides, child-friendly vocabulary, and lists of related resources.