Meet our team of scientists, educators, and psychologists who are passionate about improving the lives of children, starting with their emotional wellbeing. If you’re interested in volunteering or collaborating, please get in touch!
is a proven senior business leader with global marketing, product development, and supply chain management backgrounds who founded curaJOY to build children’s emotional fitness. She studied at Johns Hopkins University, and worked extensively with children with ADHD and various other learning difficulties. Having spent her life moving between the US and East Asia, Caitlyn brings personal experience in gifted and talented education from the perspective of a third culture kid. She firmly believes that empowering children with the right skillset is how the world gets changed. This conviction fuels her long but rewarding workdays at curaJOY. “We are changing the world, one child at a time,” says Caitlyn.
is a mother of three and founder of Baiyan Global Consulting, which specializes in talent development and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) interventions. Previously, she served as the Director of the International Bridge Program at Kaiping Culinary School in Taiwan. Since her youngest ASD diagnosis, she has dedicated herself to helping children with special needs and pursued further studies in organizational psychology at Columbia University. She is certified in MBTI (Myer-Briggs Type Inventory), Hogan Personality Assessment, and IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory). Sherry joined curaJOY to give every child the opportunity to learn how to thrive for life!
Mother of 3 and a senior brand strategist with international experience on both agency and client sides. Expertise spans the whole branding spectrum from brand strategy to design with listed companies, start-ups, governments, and non-profits.
Dr. Melissa DeRossier
is a clinical psychologist whose work is dedicated to improving social, emotional, and behavioral health. For more than 20 years, Melissa has served as Principal Investigator for more than 30 federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Melissa has created more than a dozen rigorously researched social‐emotional interventions, which are used by thousands of children across the United States and abroad.
Dr. Joanne Tzu
is a licensed clinical psychologist, mother, researcher, and adjunct professor whose interest in child cognitive development early in college, and received multiple grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan to further research in the field. Her research and expertise include psychological assessment, psychotherapy, brainwaves, hypnosis, and neuropsychology.
Dr. Jim Thomas
is a computer scientist in his second decade of creating computer games that provide safe, enriching environments in which children can learn and practice social skills. This work builds on the Graduate Research Fellowship received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to complete his doctoral thesis to establish a framework to use Artificial Intelligence to tutor learners in virtual environments. Dr. Thomas helped create Zoo U and is leading the development and scientific evaluation of Zoo Academy, as the Principal Investigator of the NSF award for the Artificial Intelligence advances that power the tutoring within that game.