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The Forum (Fall 2017)

A Conversation on Girls and Social Pressure
The Forum at Dana Hall School is a symposium series designed to examine a topic of particular relevance to girls and girls education. The November symposium focused on the social choices and pressures that challenge today’s girls. In an increasingly complex social landscape, mastery of open conversations, teenage friendship dynamics, and decision-making strategies is critical to a girl’s health and well being.
On November 16, 2017, a group of educators, researchers and clinicians shared recent findings and shed light on current challenges, as well as discussed and shared practical strategies to help parents and teachers communicate with the girls in their lives about the topics they are not often eager to discuss, including sexual health, risk taking and drug and alcohol use.

As a leader in girls’ education, Dana Hall School is well suited to lead an informative and practical discussion on adolescent girls and social pressure.


Fall Forum: Short Trailer

Fall Forum: Full Event


Fall Panelists

Dr. Sarah Bagley

Dr. Sarah Bagley is a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at Brown University, and the Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship, her particular research interests are in the treatment of opioid use disorders in the adolescent and young adult population and the involvement of the family in addiction care. She sees patients in both General Internal Medicine and the Adolescent Center. She is the Medical Director of the CATALYST Clinic – a clinical program to provide integrated medical and behavioral health care for adolescents and young adults who use substances – and an Attending on the inpatient Addiction Consult Service.

Dr. Hila Ben-Levi

Dr. Ben-Levi is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Human Relations Service and for the Counseling Center for Babson College, where she co-leads the planning, implementation and oversight of the agency’s clinical services. She is also an affiliated psychologist at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, where she co-leads DBT skills groups and provides DBT individual treatment. She consults to various school systems and school administrators, and is a Community Outreach & Crisis Intervention team member. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and has a special interest in working with trauma survivors, and in delivering evidence-based treatment.

Dr. Ben-Levi received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College (MSPP) in 2005, after completing her internship at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital, and at The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Mass. Originally from Israel, she earned her B.A. in Human Development and her M.A. in Counseling, from Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Jennifer Grossman

Dr. Grossman is a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Her research uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate adolescent development, sexual health, and risk-taking, with an emphasis on family communication about sex and relationships, and contexts of teens’ environment and identity, such as gender, race, and ethnicity.

Dr. Grossman currently directs two projects, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development , which investigate family relationships and teen sexual health.

Fall Moderator

Caroline MacNichol

Since 2006, Caroline MacNichol has served as Dana Hall School’s Middle School Director. Her extensive background in Middle School girls’ education spans nearly 20 years, having worked exclusively with girls for 12 years and with Middle School students for 17 years. In addition to curriculum planning and oversight, schedule design and administration restructuring, MacNichol has focused her career on the health and well-being of Middle School students. While at Dana, MacNichol coordinated participation in a groundbreaking girls and stress research project, in collaboration with the Laurel School, titled 21st Century Athenas: Aligning Achievement and Well-Being. She also serves as the Co-Director of Dana’s Health and Wellness Committee, helps plan and implement social/emotional programming for students, parents and faculty, and holds monthly gatherings for parents to discuss current Middle School issues.

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  • Geometry

    Favorite Class
  • Moving into my dorm

    Favorite Memory
  • Riding

    Favorite Activity

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  • Paige

    "My favorite Dana Hall activity has been riding because the trainers at the Equestrian Center are really great and helpful. I always feel like I'm learning and improving while having fun."
    -Paige '20