turbulent times
Confronting Challenges in Emerging Adulthood

By Nicholas D. Young, Christine N. Michael, and Teresa A. Citro

About the Authors


Dr. Nicholas D. Young has worked in diverse educational roles for more than 29 years, serving as a principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and longtime superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year and he completed a distinguished Fulbright program focused on the Japanese educational system through the collegiate level. Dr. Young is the recipient of numerous other honors and recognitions including the General Douglas MacArthur Award for distinguished civilian and military leadership and the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award for exemplary scholarship. He holds several graduate degrees including a PhD in educational administration and an EdD in educational psychology.

Dr. Young has served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined for over 33 years. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Navy War College. After completing a series of senior leadership assignments in the U.S. Army Reserves, he transitioned to his current military position as a faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He currently holds the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Young is also a regular presenter at state, national, and international conferences. He has written many books, book chapters, and/or articles on various topics in education, counseling, and psychology. Some of his most recent books include Guardian of the Next Generation: Igniting the Passion for Quality Teaching (in-press); Dog Tags to Diploma: Understanding and Addressing the Educational Needs of Veterans, Servicemembers, and their Families (2018); Making the Grade: Promoting Positive Outcomes for Students with Learning Disabilities (2018); From Lecture Hall to Laptop: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Continuing Evolution of Virtual Learning in Higher Education (2017); The Power of the Professoriate: Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities in 21st Century Higher Education (2017); To Campus with Confidence: Supporting a Successful Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities (2017); Educational Entrepreneurship: Promoting Public-Private Partnerships for the 21st Century (2015); Learning Style Perspectives: Impact Upon the Classroom (3rd ed., 2014); and Collapsing Educational Boundaries from Preschool to PhD: Building Bridges Across the Educational Spectrum (2013).


Dr. Christine N. Michael is a more than 40-year educational veteran with a variety of professional experiences. She holds degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island College, Union Institute and University, and the University of Connecticut, where she earned a PhD in education, human development, and family relations. Her previous work has included middle
and high school teaching, higher education administration, college teaching, and educational consulting. She has also been involved with Head Start, Upward Bound, national non-profits Foundation for Excellent Schools and College for Every Student, and the federal Trio programs and has published widely on topics in education and psychology. Her most recent works included serving as a primary author on the book Soul of the Schoolhouse: Cultivating School Engagement (in-press); Captivating Classrooms: Student Engagement at the Heart of School Improvement (in-press); To Campus with Confidence: Supporting a Successful Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities (2017), Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Development Needs of Students During the Middle School
Transition Years (2014), and Powerful Partners in Student Success: Schools, Families and Communities (2012). She is currently the Program Director of Low Residency Programs at American International College.


Dr. Citro is the Chief Executive Officer, Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc. and the Founder and President of Thread of Hope, Inc. She is a graduate of Tufts New England Medical School and Northeastern University, Boston. Dr. Citro has co-edited several books on a wide range of topics in special education and she co-authored a popular children’s series I Am Full of Possibilities. Furthermore, Dr. Citro is the co-editor of two peer review journals: Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal and Insights on Learning Disabilities and Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices. She is the mother of two young children and resides in Boston, Massachusetts.