DO NO HARM CONFERENCE 

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Paul W. Hruz, MD, PhD

Paul W. Hruz, MD, PhD is an academic pediatric endocrinologist (hormone specialist) and tenured physician scientist with faculty appointments in both Pediatrics and Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St Louis.  He received his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Washington University.  Dr. Hruz has over 20 years of clinical experience in caring for children with disorders of sexual development.  He has received certification in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is a regular contributor to his university's course on Research Ethics for graduate students.  He has served as a consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is an active member of the Catholic Medical Association. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters. Most importantly, together with his wife Anne, he has raised his five children in St Louis. 

Jason Evert, MA

Jason Evert, MA has traveled to six continents to bring the message of chastity to more than one million people over the past 18 years, including World Youth Days in Australia, Spain, and Poland. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  
He is a best­‚Äźselling author of more than ten books, including Saint John Paul the Great, How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul, and the curriculum YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. He and his wife Crystalina are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country, and their television appearances include MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and EWTN. Together, they run chastityproject.com and lead an international alliance of young people who promote purity in more than 40 countries. 

 

Michelle Cretella, MD

Michelle Cretella, MD is the Former Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds). She has also served as President of the organization and a member of its Board of Directors. She has chaired its Adolescent Sexuality Committee, Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, and Scientific Policy Committee. In these roles she became one of the ACPed’s chief researchers, writers and spokespersons. Dr. Cretella is a peer reviewer for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Issues in Law and Medicine, and the International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (a national organization of health professionals who advocate for psychotherapy for ego-dystonic homosexuality and gender dysphoria). She is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, and a member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. Dr. Cretella served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuality (NARTH) from 2010-2015. Dr. Cretella received her medical degree in 1994 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics in 1997 at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and completed a fellowship in College Health through the University of Virginia in 1999. Dr. Cretella practiced pediatrics with a special interest in behavioral health for 15 years. She left clinical practice in 2012 to devote more time to family and the American College of Pediatricians.

Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D

Mark Yarhouse, Psy. D., LCP is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech & Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College where he directs the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Christian Association for the Psychological Studies. Dr. Yarhouse has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and several books on the intersection of sexual and gender identity and religious identity. He has served a subject matter expert of a panel from the American Psychological Association that provided recommendations on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on the care of LGBTQ + children and youth. He has taught sexuality and sex therapy at Wheaton College for 18 years.

Mary R. Hasson, J.D.

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars. Mary is also the co-founder of the Person and Identity Project, an initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions with the resources they need to counter gender ideology and promote the truth about the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education, women and work, caregiving, and gender ideology. She also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth and recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the Equality Act. Mary is the co-author of several books on education, and her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, First Things, the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor, among others. Mary and her husband Seamus Hasson have seven grown children and two grandchildren.