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Stephen Wallace

Stephen WallaceStephen Wallace is the inaugural director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna University. A 1981 graduate of Susquehanna, Wallace comes back to the university after 15 years as board chair and CEO of the national SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) organization, and with three decades of experience as a school psychologist, adolescent counselor, researcher, author and motivational speaker.

Wallace has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent counselor. He is a high-profile participant in, and commentator on, the modern-day adolescent experience. Wallace is the immediate past national chairman and chief executive officer and current senior advisor for policy, research, and education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), director of the SADD Teens Today and teen driving research projects. He also serves as and director of counseling and counselor training at the Cape Cod Sea Camps.

Wallace has held positions in the Psychological Services Department of the Palm Beach County, Fla., public schools; the Pupil Personnel Services Department of the Millis, Mass., public schools; and the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit of Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, N.J. He served on the conference faculty of the Miami Children’s Hospital Division of Adolescent Medicine, was appointed as a member of the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Task Force on Sexual Abuse and Assault, and was formerly a member of the board of directors of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving.

In addition, Wallace:

  • Has published more than 70 articles about adolescent development and decision-making in newspapers and magazines across the country;
  • Writes feature articles for SADD’s Decisions newsletters and the American Camp Association’s (ACA) Camping Magazine. He is also a member of the advisory panel and a contributing writer for ACA’s parents’ magazine, Camp, and its related website;
  • Is featured in Where Should I Sit at Lunch? The Ultimate 24/7 Guide to Surviving the High School Years, by Harriet S. Mosatche, Karen Unger. McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 28, 2006);
  • Conducts annual radio tours reaching millions of listeners nationwide;
  • Is a frequent contributor to television broadcast stories about teen behavior and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, and New England Cable News, as well as on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates;
  • Serves as a “go-to” source for journalists writing about adolescent issues;
  • Has been designated as a spokesperson for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy;
  • Has presented keynote addresses in 30 states and speaks frequently at conferences, which have included:
    • American Camp Association, National Conference
    • Children’s Hospital Boston – Harvard Medical School, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health
    • Independent School Health Association
    • Miami Children’s Hospital, Annual Youth Leadership Conferences
    • National Association of School Psychologists, National Conference
    • National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Conference
    • National DUI Enforcement Symposium – Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.

Wallace currently serves SADD as senior advisor for policy, research, and education. He is also the principal of Summit Communications Management Corporation, a marketing and government relations consulting firm located in Boston. His regional and national clients represent such industries as telecommunications, energy and consumer products. He also serves as a senior consultant at ML Strategies, LLC, the consulting arm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.

Previously, he served as undersecretary of economic affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointed by Governor William F. Weld. In this role he oversaw policy, planning and management for a number of state agencies, including the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment; the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance; and the Massachusetts Office of Film and Video Development. As undersecretary he also managed the state’s marketing and advertising programs for business development and retention and served in an ex-officio capacity on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority and the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications.

Wallace also served Massachusetts as assistant secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation, responsible for policy planning, consumer education, and external communications for the executive office and its nine regulatory agencies, including the Massachusetts Cable Commission, Division of Insurance, Division of Banks, Board of Registration in Medicine, Department of Public Utilities and Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. During this time, he chaired or served on a number of gubernatorial task forces covering such issues as public health, underage drinking, the environment and education. Stephen also hosted a statewide cable television program, Consumer Weekly, and was a regular contributor to local newscasts and radio programs.

Before entering government service, Wallace was a business communications and marketing consultant and served as a political advisor to candidates for U.S. Senator, Massachusetts Attorney General, state senator and state representative.


Wallace’s latest book

Reality Gap
Reality Gap paints an alarming portrait of a modern-day adolescence filled with potentially deadly behaviors carefully hidden from the view of parents and other adults. But it is also a book about hope and inspiration, pointing to the incredibly powerful role that parents and other mentors can play in the lives of young people and highlighting the tremendous contributions that many teens are making to their families, schools and communities.

The Center for Adolescent Research and Education

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