Maria Sargent has been active for over 30 years in general and special education, brain research, and behavior and arts intervention. A full professor at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, the presenter is known for cross-disciplinary work training professionals in medicine, psychology, the arts, and the legal sector, in addition to the expected audience of educators. Her work history has spanned a wide variety of ages and populations, including: Behavioral Intervention Coordinator/Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Health; Research Coordinator and Team Leader/Akron Children’s Hospital’s Family Child Learning Center; Director of the Behavior and Parenting Resource Center/multiple state, national and international locations; and Behavior Intervention and Curriculum Design Consultant for grades pre-k through 12th.
 
Previous projects include multiple, multi-million dollar grants designed to enhance educational and behavioral outcomes for children at-risk and work with various state departments (education and mental health) to develop guidelines for professionals wishing to improve programs for students and their families. She has also served as a consultant for numerous dance intervention programs including Reach Out and Dance®, Rosie O’Donnell’s original Broadway Kids® program in New York, and has recently accepted a position as board president for ArtSparks®, a dance intervention program operating in many school districts, Head Starts, library programs, and agencies across northeast Ohio.