Vernon M Neppe MD, PhD, Fellow Royal Society (SAf), DFAPA, DSPE, BN&NP, is Director of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle, WA; Distinguished Professor and Executive Director, The Exceptional Creative Achievement Organization. Applying peer-reviewed publications, presentations, international honors, medicolegal consultations, and invited lectures as a criterion, He has achieved an international reputation in numerous and diverse disciplines. These include being an internationally reputed Behavioral Neurologist, Neuropsychiatrist, Psychopharmacologist, Forensic specialist (Psychiatrist and Neuropsychiatrist), Psychiatrist (all the above under the peer-selected America's Top Doctors), Phenomenologist, Neuroscientist, Epileptologist, Consciousness Researcher, Philosopher, Creativity expert, and Dimensional Biopsychophysicist. His CV includes 10+ books (see www.brainvoyage.com), 2 plays, 500+ publications, 1000+ invited lectures and media interactions worldwide http://www.vernonneppe.org/about.php or http://www.pni.org/clinical/neppe/ . His research is contained on the Vernon Neppe Research Site (VernonNeppe.com), and the Vernon Neppe Gateway (www.VernonNeppe.org) provides further perspective. In Consciousness Research, Phenomenology, Epileptology and Neuroscience, his contributions have been pioneering and prodigious, and he is also is an internationally in demand Professional Speaker, Author and Playwright. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. was the first USA based MD to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (South Africa) and currently also Adjunct Full Professor, Dept of Neurology and Psychiatry, St Louis University, St Louis, MO. He established the first Division of Neuropsychiatry in a USA Psychiatry Department (University of Washington) and then a model institute (Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute —PNI). He led the first USA and International Delegation in Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology. Originally from South Africa (where he mainly trained, with a Fellowship at Cornell University, New York, thereafter). He has been Editor, Science Editor or Guest Editor of four different international journals.
Adjunctive anticonvulsants in psychiatry (these contributions alone have impacted the lives of millions of people), and a successful treatment for the previously incurable tardive dyskinesia. He has described four new medical conditions, invented about a hundred new terms, suggested three major new classifications, developed more than thirty neuropsychiatric and psychiatric evaluations, tests and historical screens in neuropsychiatry and consciousness, pioneered several new theoretical concepts in his disciplines, and developed the literary genre of sciction. Additionally, he pioneered the links of brain function and subjective experience, is the world authority on déjà vu phenomena, and developed Phenomenology in the Neuroscience and Consciousness contexts.
Richard Morehouse is Professor Emeritus at Viterbo University (Wisconsin, USA) and Visiting Professor at Glyndwr University Wrexham (Wales, UK). He is the author of Beginning Interpretative Inquiry: a step-by-step guide to research and evaluation (2012) and co-author of Beginning Qualitative Inquiry: a philosophical and practical guide (1994). He was a Co-Editor, Analytic Teaching, (1990 to 1996) and editor of Analytic Teaching: The Community of Inquiry Journal (1996 – 2008.) He is currently Book Review editor for Analytic Teaching and Pedagogical Praxis and past president of the North American Association for Community of Inquiry (1994 – 2010).
He has taught psychology at Viterbo University for about 30 year. He taught a graduate course in Developmental Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for more than ten years, and Education course at the University of Wisconsin for about 10 years. In addition to serving on several doctoral committees at the Union Institute and University, he has been an external examiner to two dissertations at the University of Melbourne.His teaching at Glyndwr University Wrexham is largely focused on docoral project and post doctoral publications. His work in education, psychology, and philosophy for children has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, and Denmark.
Dissemination of research skills to the wide population what we are initially calling Everyday Inquiry.
Kathryn Seifert, Executive Director of Eastern Shore Psychological Services, has worked for over 30 years in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, and addictions and has provided treatment and assessment services to youth and adults in community and correctional settings. She is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and holds a PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus in Community-Social Psychology. Additionally, she is past President of the Maryland Psychological Association, a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychological Specialists, and a fellow in the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists. She has specialized in the assessment and treatment of individuals who are at risk for violence and who are emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered, victimized, delinquent, and/or attachment disordered. She has lectured both nationally and internationally and provides training on the topics of “Predicting and Assessing the Risk for Violence,” “Attachment Disorders,” and “Violence Risk Reduction Planning.” Her book, How Children Become Violent, was published in October 2006. In addition to being a published author, she has developed the CARE 2 Assessment. It is a valid and reliable instrument designed to assess the risk for violence and to determine the appropriate level and type of services an at-risk youth requires.
Aldo Spelic Ph.D. in the field of psychiatry, supervisor of clinical psychology in Croatian Psychological Society, supervisor–educator of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Croatian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, supervisor–educator of group–analysis inInstitute of Group Analysis – Zagreb and Associate Professor of Developmental psychology at the University of 'Jurja Dobrila' in Pula, Croatia. After finishing his study of philosophy and psychology at the University in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1977 he was employed as a clinical psychologist at psychiatric department in MC in Pula. During this period he became supervisor of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Croatian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (1990)and one of the founders of the School of Balint method (1986) as well as a member of the School of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Inter-University Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik.
From 1994 he has been employed at the University in Pula (Croatia) and at the same time he started private psychotherapeutic practice. Through his psychotherapeutic practice, a special interest has been placed on psychoanalytic psychotherapy of autism. New findings obtained through 20 years of his psychotherapeutic work with autistic children were presented on many congresses and lectures at home and abroad.
After having finished education with D. Montgomery and P. Lewis, which led toa diploma as group analyst of the Institute of Group Analysis – London in 1997, he became a supervisor/educator at the Institute of Group Analysis in Zagreb, Croatia. As a Head of the Committee for Scientific Research of IGA–Zagreb in 2001 he founded, and through all these years, has organized and led International meeting Motovun days of group analysis whose aim has been to encourage, organize and conduct scientific research in a group.
In 2004 he attained Ph.D. degree in the field of psychiatry with the thesis that object relation development success in the early adolescence has influence in later success of gender identity development in the period of late adolescence. This interest for adolescent development he has continued further by investigating problems of academic adjustment that resulted in his foundation of Student counseling center at the University (2008).
During his work he has been member of the editorial board of Psychotherapy (Zagreb, Croatia) and Methodological Horizons (Pula, Croatia) and reviewer of Croatian journals (CroatianReview of Rehabilitation Research–HRRI, Croatian Journal of Education– CJE).
Clinical and developmental psychologist his interest is present in investigation of emotional development in early childhood (inter-subjectivity, empathy, object relation development) and adolescence (second individuation-separation; academic adjustment). Psychoanalytic psychotherapist his special interest in the last 20 years has been focused on psychoanalytic psychotherapy of autism. As a group analyst his special interest is in investigations of group processes and in the introduction of qualitative methods in these investigations. The interest in the problem of scientific establishment of investigation in psychotherapeutic practice has been realized through annual International meeting in Motovun from 2001.
Robert Perna, BSN/RN, Ph.D., ABN, ABPdN is an adult and pediatric board certified neuropsychologist and nurse who has worked for 18 years with multitrauma survivors with neurological injuries. He is a clinician and researcher and has published and presented on various topics related to traumatic brain injury, stroke, Neuro rehabilitation, pharmacology, and Neuro developmental disorders. He is a reviewer and editor for several journals and enjoys helping authors present their best quality research/manuscripts.
Vedat Sar (born 1955 in Istanbul) received his medical degree in Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1981. He got residency training for Psychiatry in Hacettepe University Medical Faculty Hospital (Ankara) between 1981 and 1986. Following state service by Bayrampasa Forensicand Gümüssuyu Military Hospitals in Istanbul (1986-1989), He was appointed as head physician (Oberarzt) to Istanbul University Cerrahpas a Medical Faculty Hospital, Department of Psychiatry in 1989. In the same Department, he served as associate professor (Private dozent) between 1990 and1992. The same year, he was appointed as associate professor to the Istanbul University Istanbul Medical Faculty Department of Psychiatry where he served till 2014. He became full professor at the same Department in 1996. He established the Clinical Psychotherapy Unit (in 1993) and Dissociative Disorders Program (1994) in the same Department which served for research and treatment of dissociative Disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. He also worked as a part of general psychiatric service in inpatient unit throughout the years uninterruptedly. Following a newly introduced legal regulation prohibiting concurrent private practice for university professors, He is going to leave his position in Istanbul University upon his own decision in April 17th, 2014.
Beside general psychiatric practice, He has trained medical students, interns, and psychiatry residents on trauma-related disorders and dissociation throughout two decades. He led numerous doctoral dissertations in psychiatry and forensic medicine, conducted several research projects, and supervised treatment of a large number of inpatients and outpatients. His worked to more than 80 publications internationally and more than 70 publications in domestic scientific journals. He edited two books in English, and wrote several chapters for books in English and Turkish.
Diagnosis and Treatment of psychiatric consequences of childhood trauma in adolescence and adulthood and dissociative disorders.
Leon James is Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii. He obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University in Canada in 1962. He taught at McGill University in Montreal, Laval University in Quebec, and University of Wisconsin in Madison before he became Assistant and then Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Champaign, where he was also Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He is co-editor of two early texts on psycholinguistics and on semantics, and two books on foreign language teaching. His current activity involves developing undergraduate online psychology courses that focus on online collaborative activity and communication. He teaches a seminar on driving psychology and is the founder of DrDriving.org, a Web site that publishes his articles on road rage and aggressive driving. Since 1996 he has given over 1,500 interviews with reporters writing stories on driving, and with safety organizations and media broadcasts.
Cyberpsychology; Online instruction; Instructional intersubjectivity; Ethnosemantics; Ethnomethodology; Spiritual psychology of E. Swedenborg
Dr. Gall is the founder and clinical director of Excelsior Psychological Services. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan and Diplomate, National Center for Crisis Management. Dr. Gall specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, trauma, and stress related disorders. He takes a special interest in treating members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Military families experience unique challenges such as the cycle of deployment and reintegration, frequent moves and for some, the loss of a loved one, all of which can have devastating effects on an individual and family.
A frequent presenter of child and adolescent anxiety disorders, as well as childhood development around the region, Dr. Gall maintains close working relations with local school districts and assists the districts with crisis planning as well as staff training and development. He has served as a Board Member with the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Association of Michigan and currently serves as an Advisory Member. He also served as a visiting assistant professor as well as adjunct faculty with Oakland University in the departments of Counseling and Human Resource Development. Dr. Gall received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Wayne State University in 1999.
Clinical Psychology, Mental Health, Behavioural Health, Psychotherapy, Family therapy
Jay Finkelman is an Industrial and Forensic Psychologist as well as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University and an M.B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY). He was a tenured full professor of Industrial Psychology at The City University of New York as well as Dean of Students at Baruch College. He also served on the Doctoral Faculty in Business, specializing in Organizational Behavior, at the Graduate Center of CUNY. He served in a variety of senior line management positions after leaving CUNY, including Station Manager of KTVU Television Channel 2 in San Francisco, Vice President in charge of Marketing for Walt Disney television, Executive Vice President for United Personnel Services, Executive Vice President for AppleOne Employment Services, and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Kelly Services - in the Human Resource Management and Staffing Industry. He holds Diplomates from the American Board of Professional Psychology in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology and in Forensic Psychology. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant from the National Association of Personnel Consultants and a Certified Employment Specialist from the California Association of Personnel Consultants. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of California and in the State of New York and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a member of Psi Chi, Delta Sigma Rho – Tau Kappa Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CUNY. He is a member of the Industrial Psychology, Consulting Psychology and Engineering Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He specializes in Human Resources, workplace investigations, leadership, staffing industry management practices, training, employment discrimination (gender, age, race, and disability), sexual harassment, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Return to Work, compensation practices, executive compensation, wage & hours, independent contractor status, conflict of interest, negligent hiring/retention, wrongful termination, adverse impact, performance appraisal, psychometrics, statistical analysis, human factors and ergonomics.
Sexual Harassment, human resource management, workplace investigations, staffing industry management practices, employment discrimination (gender, age, race, disability), ADA, compensation practices, executive compensation, wage & hours, independent contractor status, conflict of interest, negligent hiring/retention, wrongful termination, adverse impact, performance appraisal, psychometrics, statistical analysis, human factors and ergonomics
Jay Tarnow is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and is a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and of the American Psychiatric Association. He is considered a leading national expert on childhood and family stress, as well as on psychosomatic illness and has done research in Self-Management Disorders (i.e., ADHD, Tourette's syndrome, and PDD) for the last 30 years. He is also well known for his expertise in developing cost effective programs and has been a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health and healthcare corporations. He has served as Executive Director of the Houston Child Guidance Center and as Director of Child Psychiatry Training at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and at the University of Texas Medical School. He was a City Commissioner on the Houston Human Services Advisory Council and was an active member of the Mayor's Task Force on Drug Abuse and Children. He has served on the Board of the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children and was the President of the Houston Society of Adolescent Psychiatry. He was a 2012 Honoree for the Texas Tourette Association lifetime achievement award.
Pieter is the Director of the Mediros Unit for Neuropsychotherapy – a company that provides training in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy. He also teaches at the University of Queensland in the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Human Services and is the Director of the Master of Counselling Program. Currently he is involved in full time teaching and research in the fields of neurobiology and neuropsychotherapy as well as clinical training for clinicians, psychologists and general practitioners. He has been in private practice for the past 25 years. He holds Honours Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He was a Professor in Clinical Psychology at in South Africa (University of the Free State) and also taught at Universities in the USA, Canada and Holland. He specialises in Neuropsychotherapy and is an expert in anxiety and mood disorders. He has published 6 Scientific Books and 60 scientific articles. He has been involved in research in extensive clinical trials and presented research papers at 40 International Conferences worldwide. His latest book – BrainWise Leadership was published in Oct 2013 and is co-authored with Connie Henson. He is a member of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Neuropsychotherapy and Chief Editor of The Neuropsychotherapist.
Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy as well as clinical training for clinicians, psychologists and general practitioners
Professor Pardo has conducted research in the field of Psychology since 1991, working in over 30 countries has explored cultural differences and similarities in the field. Her books, refereed journal articles, and consulting reports have contributed to improvements in many disciplines, and her supervision of over 180 graduate students has meant dissemination of ideas around the globe. Her former students now hold leadership positions in leading research institutes and universities around the globe, and she continues to mentor in the areas of Clinical, Developmental and Educational, as well as Industrial/Organizational Psychology, seeking to improve the overall health and well-being in any context through advances in research in Psychology applied to the human condition.
Cognitive Science; Clinical Psychology; School Psychology; Industrial/Organisational Psychology; Health and Well Being in many contexts of human endeavour
Robert P Granacher Jr, M.D , M.B.A. is president and executive director and its subsidiary, Lexington Forensic Neuropsychiatry in Lexington, Kentucky. He serves as clinical professor of psychiatry at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine. He has a full-time office and hospital practice as a treating neuropsychiatrist and as a forensic neuropsychiatrist, and he provides neuropsychiatric consultation for inpatient medical and surgical patients and ICU patients to Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry, with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. The United Council for Neurological Subspecialties has certified him in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry. He is also board certified in forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, Inc. He is board certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is certified in psychopharmacology by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and numerous other medical organizations. He serves on a number of national subspecialty committees. He is a past president of the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association and is a member of the executive committee of the Lexington Medical Society and a member of the House of Delegates of the Kentucky Medical Association. He was a member of the Dean’s Council at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine for 5 years.
He has served in medical administrative leadership positions for 17 years. He formerly served as co-chair of the Saint Joseph Health System Quality and Process Improvement Committee and he was the final signatory for credentialing 1,300 physicians in their 8 institutions. He was chosen as chair of the Board of Directors of Saint Joseph Healthcare 1999-2002; the only physician ever to hold that position. He was a director of Saint Joseph Health Care and Saint Joseph Health Systems 1999-2011 where he served on the committee that oversaw the purchase of the Jewish Hospital System and the formation of Kentucky One Health.
He formerly served at the pleasure of the governor on the board of the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund. He serves on national committees of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law and the American Neuropsychiatric Association. He is a director of CBA Pharma. This company has developed a drug for treating multiple chemotherapy resistance in cancer. A New Drug Application was delivered to the Food and Drug Administration for approval to manufacture and market the drug. Approval is pending.
He received his bachelor degree in chemistry from the University of Louisville, his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and he served as resident and chief resident in psychiatric medicine at the University of Kentucky Hospital. He then served as resident and fellow in psychopharmacology at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital and other Harvard teaching hospitals in Boston. He later received a master of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has published four clinical textbooks, seventeen book chapters and more than 35 peer reviewed scholarly articles on psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. He is an active researcher in medical malingering and traumatic brain injury.
He has specialized in the neuropsychiatric treatment and evaluation of traumatic brain injury, perinatal birth injury, toxic brain injury, severe traumatic injury, suicide analysis medical negligence and other complex neurobehavioral disorders for almost 30 years. His forensic neuropsychiatry practice is international in scope. His internationally acclaimed book, Traumatic Brain Injury: Methods for Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychiatric Assessment is in the second edition (2008) and the third edition is soon to be published.
Neuropsychiatric treatment and evaluation of traumatic brain injury, perinatal birth injury, toxic brain injury, severe traumatic injury, suicide analysis medical negligence and other complex neurobehavioral disorders.
Thomas Dalby is a forensic psychologist and neuropsychologist who has been in practice for over 36 years. He is adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary and and was a member of the faculty of medicine at this institution for 26 years. He has also been on staff with Athabasca University since 1978. He is the author of over 100 articles, chapters and books covering a wide range of subjects in psychology, law and medicine. In addition, he has published short fiction and co-wrote an award winning screenplay on the London trial in 1843 that defined western traditions in insanity. In 2013 he was awarded the highest honour for a professional psychologist by the Canadian Psychological Association for his career achievements .
Mental disorders broadly defined, psychopharmacology and forensic applications.
Vladimir Lerner MD, PhD is Head of the Psychiatric Department in Be’er Sheva Mental Health Center (Israel) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1990. The sphere of his scientific interest involves creativity and psychopathology, the treatment of schizophrenia and of tardive dyskinesia and the use of vitamins in psychiatry. He is the author of more than 120 scientific publications, 10 chapters and two edited books with coeditor C. Miodownik ‘New Hope for Mental Disturbances’ published by Nova Science Publishers Inc, New York, 2009 and ‘Vitamin D Deficiency’ published by Nova Science Publishers Inc, New York, 2011. He published together with Professor Witztum the books titled: ‘Genius and Madness – The complicated relationship between creativity and psychopathology’ (in Hebrew 2009) and ‘Genius and Insanity. Outlines concerning the analysis of the relationship between psychopathology and creativity as shown in the examples of separate individuals in Russia of the XIX century (in Russian 2011).
Creativity and psychopathology, the treatment of schizophrenia and of tardive dyskinesia and the use of vitamins in psychiatry
Jack de la Torre is a leading authority in the field of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In 1993, he first advanced the concept of AD as a vascular disorder with neurodegenerative consequences in a series of papers that culminated in the CATCH (critically-attained threshold of cerebral hypoperfusion) vascular hypothesis of AD. The vascular hypothesis of AD has had a profound impact and influence on research studies involving epidemiology, cognitive function, neuroimaging, neuropathology and therapeutics that continue to clarify the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of Alzheimer dementia. He has edited 7 major volumes on the subject of vascular factors in AD and in other neuroscience topics and has published over 200 papers on neurodegeneration, neuropathology and CNS trauma. He has held professorial appointments at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Ottawa and Case Western Reserve University, in the departments of neurosurgery, psychiatry, pathology, pharmacology and neurosciences. He continues his active research on Alzheimer’s disease as a Professor of Clinical Psychology (Adjunct, at the University of Texas, Austin.
Alzheimer's disease, vascular risk factors, aging, role of cerebral blood flow on cognitive function, neurodegeneration and CNS trauma.
Susan Andrews is a clinical neuropsychologist whose early career was dedicated to assisting challenged children and their parents improve their quality of life and preparation for education. She helped to design the Head Start parenting program, Parent-Child Development Center, in New Orleans. Later, she joined the Bank Street College of Education staff for the replication of the PCDC programs. She has been on the staff of several hospital rehabilitation units in the New Orleans and Hammond areas, and works with children, adults, and the elderly who have suffered traumatic brain injury or have other brain-related disorders, such as stroke, closed head injury, autism, Asperger’s, or dementia. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Medicine and Psychiatry, engaged in a Phase III study on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and its effects on Persistent PostConcussion Syndrome with veterans of Iraq and Afganistan.In addition to private clinical practice, she is an award-winning author (Stress Solutions for Pregnant Moms, 2013). She also writes a monthly ‘Stress Solutions’ column for the Psychology Times(Independent Voice for Psychology and Behavioral Sciences in Louisiana). She lives in the NewOrleans area.
Robert D Friedberg obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology –San Diego and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy-Newport Beach under the direction of Dr. Christine Padesky. He was the lead psychologist on the Cognitive Therapy Unit at Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego which was the first inpatient cognitive therapy unit west of the Mississippi River. He then spent 9 and half years at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology where he served as Director of Internship Training and directed the Preventing Anxiety and Depression in Youth Program. Following his time at Wright State, he joined the faculty of Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center where he directed the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents and the Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program. Currently, he is Associate Director of Clinical Training and Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University. He is a Board Certified Diplomate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a past Extra Mural Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research where he continues as supervising faculty.
CBT with youth, training and dissemination, anxiety disorder, health care reform, and collaborative care models.
Robert G Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Toronto and staff physician in the Mood and Anxiety Service and Psychological Trauma Programme of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto. He also directs the Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program, coordinating visiting psychiatric locums and training opportunities in rural and remote sites in Northern Ontario and is cross-appointed to several northern hospitals.
Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology and Phenomenology of mood disorders; and in rural and remote psychiatric practise and education
Tony Cassidy is a Registered Health Psychologist and Director of CHILD at the University of Ulster. Prior to returning to Ulster in 2007 he was Professor and Head of Psychology at a number of UK Universities and has been actively involved in the development of Applied Psychology in the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. He is a Chartered Scientist, a member of both the British and American Associations for the Advancement of Science and was elected to membership of the New York Academy of Science in 1995. He is an Associate Fellow of both the BPS and the PSI and a Fellow of the RSA. His interests in psychology are wide ranging as evidenced by the fact that he is a founder member of the European Association for Work and Organisational Psychology, the UK Community Psychology Network, the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine, the BPS Division of Health Psychology, the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, and more recently the Community Psychology Section of the BPS. He is founder chair of the NI Division of Health Psychology. His books include Environmental Psychology: Behaviour and Experience in Context, Stress, Cognition and Health, and a forthcoming book on Child Health Psychology. He has over 100 publications and conference presentations.
Victor Zelek is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. He received his doctoral degree from Yeshiva University’s Graduate School of Psychology in New York, majoring in Clinical Health Psychology. He is a Diplomate of the National Registry of Neurofeedback Providers (NRNP) and a member of the scientific advisory board for the International Brain Research Foundation. He also holds a medical degree from Lithuania, where he worked as a psychiatrist until he moved to the U.S. in 1984. He completed his post-doctoral training at NYU Medical Center, Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation. There he worked as a supervising neuropsychologist, specializing in assessment and treatment of various forms of brain injury. From 2002 to 2014 He was Director of Neuropsychology Department at the Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury in Lake Katrine, New York, a 280-bed post-acute rehabilitation facility dedicated to individuals with brain injuries. At the Northeast Center he established a Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback Lab for rehabilitation of patients with moderate and severe brain injuries. He has presented his research on using Neurofeedback to improve cognitive functioning in TBI patients at numerous scientific conferences both nationally and internationally. Currently he maintains a private practice of Neuropsychology and Neurofeedback in Rhinebeck, New York, USA.
Neurofeedback to improve cognitive functioning in TBI patients
Ronald Naso, Ph.D., ABPP is psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist in independent practice in Stamford, CT. He is currently a director and secretary of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) as well as a member of the ABAPsa workgroup responsible for the development of educational and training standards adopted by the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. The author of numerous papers on psychoanalytic topics and associate editor of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies, contributing editor of Division/Review, his book entitled Hypocrisy Unmasked: Dissociation, Shame, and the Ethics of Inauthenticity was published by Aronson in 2010.
Psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, moral and ethical issues.
Alen J Salerian
Doctors For Equal Rights For Mental and Physical Pain
Alen J Salerian MD is the founder and president of Doctors For Equal Rights For Mental and Physical Pain, an internationally recognized thought leader in psychopharmacology and forensic psychiatry, a reviewer for New England Journal of Medicine, a frequent contributor to national newspapers such as the Washington Post ,Los Angeles Times and USA with major television appearances on CBS's 60 minutes ,CNN ,48 hours and BBC.
J Lucas Koberda is a board certified neurologist and an internationally trained physician who completed his residency in Neurology at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his neurological training, he received his Ph.D. based on his research in the area of tumor immunology. He is currently affiliated with The Florida State University College of Medicine. He also serves as an international consultant and lecturer.
Neuro-psychiatry and cognitive enhancement as well as neuromodulation. He uses the newest technology of QEEG and LORETA Neurofeedback, magnetic stimulation to successfully diagnose and treat many medical conditions including seizures, headaches, fibromyalgia chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and prior stroke. He has also effectively introduced neurofeedback protocols for a cognitive enhancement which may help students and professionals to improve their memory, concentration, verbal function or information processing speed.
Thomas Hyphantis is a General Adult Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry in the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is also the Director of the Social Medicine and Mental Health Sector of the Division of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Ioannina, Greece. He is trained in family systems therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He has contributed to the development of Community Psychiatry in Greece and especially in the development of units which provide mental health care in remote rural areas (Mobile Mental Health Units). He has established the first independent psychodynamically oriented Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Unit in Greece within the University Hospital of Ioannina. His research focuses on the complex relations of personality traits, ego defense mechanisms, psychological distress, and quality of life in patients with medical illnesses and he has published more than 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
He has focused on gastroenterology, rheumatology and cancer, and he has highlightened the association of the underlying psychological defensive profile with outcome in medical illness. He is the Secretary of the Consultation-Liaison Sector of the Hellenic Psychiatric Association, Member of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) and of the European Association for Somatization and Medically Unexplained Symptoms (EURASMUS). He coordinated/participated in EU/national projects as principal investigator and he has served as an evaluation expert for organizations such as the Dutch Cancer Society and the Cyprus Society for the Promotion of Research. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Case Reports in Psychiatry, the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life research and well-being and World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Depression, Personality (Defence Mechanisms, Temperaments, Impulsivity and Sensation Seeking, Neuroticism), Psychosomatics (Gastroenterology, Cancer, Rheumatologic Disorders, Psychological aspects of people seeking care in Accident and Emergency Departments), Coping with stressors (Sense of Coherence, Illness perceptions, Religious Coping).
International Association for Counselling (IAC), University of Malta
Dione Mifsud is President the International Association of Counselling (IAC) and Head of the Department of Counselling and Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. He is also a former Head of the Department of Psychology at the same university, a former Head of the University of Malta Counselling Unit and a former President of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP). He designed and presently coordinates the first Masters in Counselling programme offered by the University of Malta. He also co designed and co-coordinates an international Masters programme in Transcultural Counselling previously with the University of Maryland at College Park and currently as a collaborative degree with the University of New Orleans USA.
Counselling ethics, counselling supervision and transcultural counselling.
John White practices as a mental health counselor at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He received his doctorate in philosophy at The International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein and spent more than twenty years as a professional academic philosopher, specializing in phenomenology, existential philosophy and the history of philosophy. In recent years he has worked exclusively as a mental health practitioner and as an independent scholar of philosophy and psychoanalysis. He received his Masters in mental health counseling in 2011. He has been in training to be a Jungian analyst since 2006 and is in the final (control) stage of analytic training. He is a member of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts and an associate member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.
Ethics of psychoanalysis, areas of intersection between philosophy and psychoanalysis, issues in clinical technique, and working clinically with the unconscious. He is currently writing a monographic study comparing and contrasting the work of Robert Langs and that of Carl Jung on adaptation and clinical technique.
Alice R Berkowitz has been in practice as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist since 1985. Her psychotherapy practice is currently located in Beverly Hills, California, as well as traveling doing consultations all over the country as a Forensic Psychologist.She works as a Forensic Psychologist in Family, Civil, Criminal, and Federal Court. She has been a custody evaluator and expert witness in family court, since 1986, and an Expert Witness in the areas of substance abuse, parental alienation, domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, psycho-sexual evaluations of the victim and the offender in alleged psychosexual abuse cases, wrongful death, wrongful life, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, and evaluating for Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as other forms of neurological damage and delays as a trained neuropsychologist.She has also had a strong media presence over the years including many episodes of Entertainment Tonight and Extra (including discussing the O.J. Simpson Case, Well-known custody cases, domestic violence, and other timely issues.She is also a media specialist on KTLA News, addressing a variety of psychological and addiction issues including: Love Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Addictions, Internet Addictions, Domestic Violence, Custody and Parenting Issues, as well as a variety of other psychological and interpersonal issues.
Divorce and the effects on children, parental alienation and treatment approaches for it; domestic violence (and developing an inventory for domestic violence, child-on-child sexual abuse, PTSD and the the best treatments for it; and Traumatic Brain Injuries: The early diagnosis and treatment of TBI’s (particularly those that are not measured with a Glasgow Coma Scale.
A New Orleans native, Dr. Joseph Tramontana received his B.A. in psychology at LSUNO, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi and did a clinical internship at the U. Tennessee Medical School. In the 1970's, at age 30, he became the youngest Mental Health Center Director in the country. While there, in addition to doubling the size of his staff via grant writing, he was the first MHC director to secure Federal Revenue Sharing funds to construct a new building (Oxford, MS). On several State of Mississippi Advisory Boards, he was also elected President of the Mississippi Mental Health Center Directors organization.
Shortly after leaving mental health administration and going into private practice, he studied and started practicing clinical hypnosis. His 36 years of using hypnosis culminated in his two books titled Hypnotically enhanced treatment for addictions: Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, gambling, weight loss and smoking cessation," published by Crown House in 2009, and in 2011, "Sports hypnosis in practice: Scripts, strategies, and case examples," also published by Crown. He was elected to the Louisiana Psychological Association (LPA) Executive Council in 2011 and is currently President of LPA. In 2013, LPA recognized him with the Distinguished Psychologist Award. In addition, he is President of the New Orleans Society of Clinical Hypnosis and on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Joost Mertens a consultant in General Psychiatry and experienced in psychosomatic medicine, psychoneurobehavioural disorders (ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury). His current positions are Consultant in Hospital Psychiatry in a General Hospital (Anthonius Hospital, Sneek) combined with a private practice in Velsen. In psychotherapy, He likes to work with hypnotic techniques within psychodynamic therapy and with EMDR. He is serving as president of the Dutch Hypnosis Society since 2013. Furthermore, He is consulting ‘Third Party doctor’ for the European Patent Office and member of the advisory council on Traumatic Brain Injury of the Dutch Brain Foundation. Member of different advisory boards of pharmaceutical companies (Eli Lilly, Servier). International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an experienced trainer and educational skilled teacher in neuropsychiatry, and in the neuropsychology of efficacious communication and influence.
Hospital psychiatry ,biological psychiatry, in neuropsychiatric disorders and hypnosis.
Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel is a Full Professor of Psychology at Curry College. In addition, she served as one of the developers of the Psychology internship program as well as a faculty advisor for students pursuing their internship in the field of Psychology. She periodically lectures within the Master's of Education Program-Special Education cohort focusing in the area of Assessment. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, a Master's degree from Bridgewater State University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, and her Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, She completed graduate course work in Paralegal Studies, a post-doctoral fellowship in Attentional Disorders and post-doctoral training in Special Education Law, Neuropsychology and Forensics. In addition, she owns a private practice specializing in evaluations and consultation for neuro-behavioral learning disabilities, neuro-developmental disorders, emotional-behavioral difficulties, forensic examiner evaluations and substance abuse. She served 16-years as a voluntary member on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts School Psychologist Association and served as an Executive Board Member of the American Board of School Neuropsychology. For the past 8 years, she has served as a clinical instructor and supervisor for a Post-Graduate/Post-Doctoral Hybrid Model Program for the KidsInc School Neuropsychology Certificate Program. She assists with training professionals in the United States and abroad to be board certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. She holds national, diplomat and fellow certifications in the field of School Neuropsychology, School Psychology, Homeland Security, Forensic Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Addictions, and Disability Analysis. Recently, she was awarded Emeritus Status from the American Board of Disability Analysts attesting to the highest level of skill and expertise in area of Disability Analysis. This past year she was recognized in the American Psychological Association Journal (APA) under the personality and achievement section. The APA Journal is distributed to 100,000 members annually.
She was unanimously elected to serve a three-year term on the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress Board of Directors (LDW). She is also serving as one of four Committee Chairs for the Annual World Conference. In addition, she was appointed to serve as the Associate Editor for "Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices" which is a peer-reviewed journal, published bi-annually by LDW. Just recently, she was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Circle of Directors and the title of honorary Founding Faculty Mentor for the American Board of Disability Analysts and the American College of Disability Analysts. She is a presenter at national and international conferences on an ongoing basis. In addition, she was elected by several senior Psychology students at the Curry College High Honor Seniors Event held in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as the one who was most influential in their academic achievement of success and mentorship. In 2014, she was one of 10 professors recognized by the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society - Curry College Division - for excellence with student mentorship and being influential with student achievement.
Neuropsychology, Learning Disabilities, Social-Emotional Disorders, Forensics, Ethical & Legal Issues, Addictions, the Neuropsychological Impact of Cancer Treatment on the Pediatric Brain, the Neuropsychological Effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on the Developing Child and Adolescent Brain, and the Hijacked Brain Involving Addiction and Pediatric Developing Brain.
Martha E Shenton is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, and Director of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory (http://pnl.bwh.harvard.edu), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is also a Health Scientist at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Her laboratory has pioneered in development of neuroimaging tools to understand brain alterations in disorders such as schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury – including sports-related brain trauma – posttraumatic stress disorder, William’s syndrome, and Velocardiofacial Syndrome. She received her A.B. degree in Psychology from Wellesley Collegewhere she graduated Durant Scholar (Summa cum laude) and was elected to the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University, with a post-doctoral fellowship in Biological Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
She has been the recipient of several career awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, including a K01 Mentored Award (1988-1993), two K02 Independent Investigator Awards (1994-1999, 1998-2004), and a K05 Senior Scientist Award (2004-2009). Her research has also received recognition in the form of being the recipient of the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award for Research in Psychopathology, the William Silen LifetimeAchievement Award for Mentoring, and by a Distinguished NARSAD Award. She has also served on numerous study sections at the NationalInstitute of Health and has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed empirical articles and proceedings, as well as authored multiple books chapters. She is Associate Editor of Brain Imaging and Behavior, and is on the editorial board of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, and the Journal of Neuroimaging, and she was an invited member of the committee on “Developing Standards for Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Diffusion Spectrum Imaging (DSI) through Public-Private Partnerships”, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, Health Arm of the National Academy of Science.
Applying novel neuroimaging techniques to understand neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, schizophrenia related illnesses, and mild traumatic brain disorder
Zoe Bablekou is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. She received her first degree from the University of Ioannina, School of Philosophy, Department of Pedagogic Studies, Greece, her Post-Graduate Diploma in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs from the University of London, Institute of Education, Department of Child Development and Educational Psychology, U.K, and her Ph.D. in the Psychology of Memory in Children from the University of Leeds, Department of Psychology, U.K. She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology, Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Daycare Center and Nursery School of the Aristotle University, and also a member of its Board of Directors. She is an active member of several national and international academic organizations, including the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. She is the author of two books in Greek, Memory Development: A cognitive approach to childhood years and Cognitive Psychology: Models of memory. She has also authored book chapters in national and international publications. Dr Bablekou has authored or coauthored a large number of conference papers and journal publications in Greek and international journals, such as Applied Cognitive Psychology, the American Journal of Psychology, the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, and the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. She has served in various responsibility positions at a national administration level. She is a member of the Aristotle University Central Scientific Committee for Lifelong Learning courses. Her research focuses on memory structure and development and on the relationships between memory and language.
Working memory structure and operations in children, Working memory development, Relationships between working memory functions and oral/ written language development, Long term memory operations, working memory, and long term retention of knowledge in children, Executive functions in bilinguals
Stefano Porcelli is Temporary Research Fellow at Bologna University (Bologna, Italy). He is author of more than twenty papers on international psychiatric journals, book chapters and he is referee of the Neuropsychobiology journal. He studied in Milan at Vita Salute San Raffaele University, performing clinical, genetics, and pharmacogenetics research on schizophrenia at Villa Turro, San Raffaele Hospital. Since 2009 he worked in Bologna with Prof. Serretti, performing clinical, genetics and pharmacogenetics research on major psychosis (i.e. Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Cognitive impairment related psychosis). He was member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He performed clinical activities at the Acute In-patients Psychiatric Unit of Maggiore Hospital of Bologna, at the University Out-patients Unit for Mood Disorders of Bologna University, at the Out-patient Unit for patients with cognitive impairment due to aging or neurological disease associated with psychiatric symptoms and at the Out-patients Psychiatric Unit "Borgo-Reno" of Bologna.
clinical and biological predictors of pharmacological treatment response of major psychosis at the Genetic Psychiatric Unit of University of Bologna, directed by Prof. Serretti. He collaborates with several international partners, such as Prof. Colomn and Prof. Vieta of the Bipolar Disorder Unit of the University of Barcelona, Prof. Vita of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Rujescu of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Prof. Pae of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA.
Ronald Beard has twenty- three (23) years collective experience in the drug and alcohol, human and social services and research field. He has a Masters Degree in human services; is a State of Delaware and International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and State of Delaware Certified Public Health HIV/AIDS counselor. He is the director of RAB Consulting and Director of Services for Rick Vanstory Resource Center. He has held numerous positions as Executive Director, Regional Director and Director of Field Operations for drug and alcohol treatment and research related organizations. He has published numerous articles in an array of different research and addiction related journals. He has served as a peer reviewer for several SAMSHA grants and provided consultant services and workshops in numerous states and abroad - Lund, Sweden; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; Miami, Florida; San Francisco, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; and Lexington, Kentucky, to name a few. He has received numerous awards and recognition from different Governmental and local agencies. He was appointed to the Delaware Department of Corrections Medical Review Committee by Delaware Governor Markel; Outstanding Community Service Award by Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and recognition from the Mayor of Wilmington and Delaware’s HOPE Commission for developing and implementing a three (3) month training and certification program for anti-violence outreach workers in the City of Wilmington. He is an experienced grant writer with more than twenty (20) years experience. His primary interest is in criminal offenders, mental health, addiction, and homelessness.
Mary Ann Scott is the Section Chief and Clinical Director of the Schmeiding Developmental Center for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is an Associate Professor and a pediatric neuropsychologist who, for the past 20 years, has provided assessments of learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, sensory impaired children, and genetic disorders, as well as differential diagnoses of complex problems. Besides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, he also oversees the provision of behavioral therapy, psychiatric treatment, and other psychological services for children. She also established one of the few Concussion Clinics in Arkansas to treat student athletes. She has taught at yearly resident teaching rounds at AHEC in Northwest Arkansas and spoken at the University of Arkansas Annual Symposium on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is currently a sub-investigator on a grant studying the effects of folinic acid on language in children with autism. She participates in the UAMS Faculty Council and the Physician Leadership Forum. She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, where she completed her postdoctoral fellowship and internship. In 1986, she graduated from the University of Missouri and then received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1992.
Treatable Causes of Autism ; Pediatric Brain Tumor and late radiation effects; Neurodevelopmental disorders in congenital or prematurity related hypothyroidism ; Neurodevelopmental correlates of agenesis of the Corpus Callosum in children with PVL and hydrocephalus; The development of memory in preschool and early school age children; The incidence of learning disabilities and psychopathology in children with epilepsy and pseudo-seizures
Anthony Rissling received his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Brain Science from the University of Southern California with a specialization in Psychophysiology. After graduating, he has completed three post doctoral fellowships at the University of California San Diego in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Geriatric Mental Health and Computational Neurophysiology. He has previously been awarded grants from the Brain and Behavior Foundation formerly (NARSAD), Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH). He is currently a Senior Psychologist at NeuroCog Trials in Durham NC.
Employing multidimensional measures of information processing to efficiently parse the automatic and controlled components of cognition that span the range of deficits evidenced in schizophrenia patients to better understand the neurobiology of schizophrenia, to identify the neurophysiologic basis of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia and to examine the associated clinical and functional impairments.
Andrea Federspiel is physicist and head of Neuroimaging Section, Department of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern. In 1987 he started as a PhD candidate at the CERN in Geneva and made his PhD in particle physics at CERN in the UA2 collaboration. In 1990 he was trained in radiology physics. From 1993 on he conducted and substantially contributed to the success of several studies with normal controls, schizophrenic patients and autistic subjects. He developed several acquisition- and analysis methods including ASL, fMRI, DTI, EEG, simultaneously recording of EEG and fMRI, and volumetry in the field of basic neuroscience and psychiatric diseases that are applied at the University Hospital of Psychiatry in Bern. He implemented the improved ASL sequence of D.J. Wang, ULCA, at the 3T Siemens MR scanner in Bern and conducted perfusion studies with controls and in schizophrenia patients, in dementia, in major depression and in patients with vascular impairments. In the field of psychiatric diseases, he focused on the connectivity of brain regions in hallucinating and non-hallucinating schizophrenic patientsand in autistic subjects. He was involved into the neural correlates of hallucinations using fMRI, DTI and EEG and high-resolution volumetry, DTI, and quantitative magnetization transfer imaging (qMTI). Furthermore, in the field of basic neuroscience he intensively studied illusionary perceptions, like the spatial and temporal characteristics of the effect of motion standstill, the integration of electrophysiological- and metabolic correlates of multistable perceptual transitions as well as face perception (FFA) in healthy controls and in schizophrenia patients. He is an expert in non-invasive measurements of cerebral blood perfusion, functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalogray, volumetry, morphometry and diffusion weighted imaging.
Perfusion with Arterial Spin Labeling, Event-related fMRI experiments, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Simultaneous, fMRI and EEG measurement, Neuroimaging in Psychiatry, MRI based CBF quantification in Stroke
Jay Seitz is a neuropsychologist in Manhattan specializing in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology. He has been licensed in New York for the professional practice of psychology since 1991. He has additional training in CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), REBT (rational-emotive behavioral therapy), the Gottman method (couples therapy), psychoanalytic therapy (Washington Square Institute), biofeedback and pain management, and neurocognitive rehabilitation for patients who have suffered damage to the brain. He was previously on the doctoral and graduate faculties of Adelphi University and the undergraduate and graduate faculties of New York University and City University of New York (CUNY, tenured 2001).
He is currently writing a book on the relationship between thought and movement from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. He has published on the use and misuse of projective testing in children, the bodily basis of thought; the embodied nature of musical performance; the cognitive and educational value of modern dance and ballet; the role of the brain in spatial-temporal thinking; the political and cultural constraints on human creative behavior; as well as the neural, evolutionary, cognitive, and developmental origins of human creative thought.
He has a longstanding and strong interest in the arts. He is currently vice president of the Board of Directors of the newly founded American Dance Museum (ADaM)and previously on the Board of Directors of the Dalcroze School of Music (now part of Lucy Moses School), both in New York City. He has formerly studied both music (contrabass, piano) and dance (choreography).
Embodied cognition, Cognitive development/learning in children, The role of brain systems in cognition and thought, The impact of political, social, and cultural institutions on human thought and behavior.
Mark Jurek is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in San Francisco for 10 years. He is also an independent consultant for healthcare professionals in the SF bay area. His specialties include neuropsychological/psychological testing and treatment for adults, couples and adolescents for issues of mood and anxiety, grief and loss, and chronic illness. He has practiced extensively within the LGBT population and has several years of community service and activism with local HIV/AIDS community services organizations.
Collaborative care, LGBT aging, Mood and Anxiety disorders, Multiple loss, Neuroaffective/neurocognitive issues, Dementia.
Konstantinos N Fountoulakisis Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, AHEPAUniversity Hospital, in Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his medical degree (1989), performed his residency in psychiatry (1998), and earned his doctorate in psychiatry (1999) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received a 3-year fellowship in psychosomatic medicine and a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship for research from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece. Until 2003 he served as a medical officer in the Greek Armed forces retired with the rank of major. In 2005, he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuropsychiatry, at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His areas of clinical and research interest are reflected in the topics that he teaches: general psychiatry, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, mood disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders. He is an active member of a number of national and international professional organizations, including the EPA, APA, WPA, CINP, ECNP, ISAD, ISBD, EBF and others, peer referee for the Cochrane Collaboration and was most recently a member of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP) Advisory Board to the Task Force on the Usefulness of Antidepressants and the Mental Health Economics Task Force of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). In 2009 was appointed member and in 2012 chair of the Greek Ministry of Health Committee for the Administrative, Economic and Scientific Supervision of the Mental Health Units of the deinstitutionalization project. In 2013 was appointed chair of the Independent Committee of Experts for the Assessment of Mental Health Services. He chairs the ISNP and since 2006, he served as Secretary, since 2008 as co-chair, and currently as Chair of the Private Practice Section, of the World Psychiatric Association. He served as Chair of the CINP Credentials and Membership Committee (2010-2) and currently he chairs the Neuropsychological and Psychometric Instruments Section, of the Greek Psychiatric Association. He is Editor in Chief of Annals of General Psychiatry and is Section Editor of Current Opinion in Psychiatry. He has coauthored more than 350 papers delivered to congresses and more than 175 of them are published in international journals such as the LANCET, BMJ, Am J Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Journal of Affective Disorders, Schizophrenia Research, Psychiatry Research, Bipolar Disorders, and theAnnals of General Psychiatry among others, with over 2500 citations and h=29. He authored or co-authored a number of chapters in books including the Mood disorders chapter for the Wiki project of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He has received a number of national and international research awards, including the 2012 Kraepelin-Alzheimer Medal of the Psychiatric Department of the University of Munich.
General psychiatry, Biological psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Mood disorders, Schizophrenia and Personality disorders
Laurie Nadel is a psychotherapist who specializes in helping people recover from trauma. She is Vice-President of MindBodyNetwork, an online global community of MD’s and holistic practitioners.
In her home town Long Beach, New York, she runs a support group at St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church for people who are traumatized by losing their homes to Hurricane Sandy. At Metropolitan Communication Associates in Manhattan, she works with patients who have traumatic brain injuries due to assault/rape, M.S. and stroke. From 2003-2005, she directed a program at South Nassau Communities Hospital’s WTC Family Center for teenagers whose fathers were killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
Stacey Scheckner attended Washington University in St. Louis receiving her B.A. in psychology and education with a research focus on hypnosis as well as a double minor in music and drama. She later completed her graduate work at Florida State University obtaining a M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling and Human Services and Combined Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology with her research focus, respectively, on female gender role influences and school violence prevention. Her APA internship included individual and group treatment with all age patients with a variety of disorders in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in San Diego. Post-doctoral training consisted of individual and group assessment and therapy in a private alternative school setting for children/adolescents with emotional problems as well as Autism, Aspergers, ADD, and ADHD also in San Diego. Her experience in Tallahassee involved therapy with depressed seniors in a retirement center and research/assessment in a memory disorder clinic as well as individual assessment/group therapy at Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center. She was the full time psychologist at Tampa Preparatory School as well as a part-time pediatric psychologist at Tampa General. In addition, she also had the opportunity to see patients via evaluations and therapy in several private practices in San Diego, South Georgia, and Pinnelas. Currently, she owns a successful private practice treating children, adolescents, families, couples, college students, and professionals with a variety of emotional issues in South Tampa. She uses a wholistic approach to help her patients by collaborating with other community professionals through both school and home visits in order to observe and train. In addition to her practice, she also has led several workshops for audiences such as parents, teachers, school administrators, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and a variety of corporations. She continually strives to educate the public about the value of therapy in terms of positive psychology through various forms such as television (FOX/NBC) and radio (NPR).
Magnus Sjogren, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist and Associate Professor at Sahlgrens Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden, is Chief Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Center in the Capitol Region of Denmark, and CEO of SJOGREN Medical AB. He was previously Chief Medical Officer at DiaGenic ASA; a biotech company listed on the Oslo stock exchange and is also a consultant in Translational Medicine with special focus on Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Old age Psychiatry. His dedication lies within innovation in Life science to improve mental health. He was previously Vice President at UCB Pharma in Belgium and UK and before that, Global Head of Translational Medicine in Schering-Plough. Before that he had senior scientific positions in Organon NV and AstraZeneca. He is a trained Psychiatrist with more than 14 years of clinical experience, an author of more than 200 scientific publications, and invited speaker at numerous International conferences. He earned his MD at the Health University in Linkoping, Sweden, and was further educated at Gothenburg University and has also been affiliated as Lecturer/Professor to Karolinska Institute in Sweden. His scientific work has been focused on translational medicine, clinical trials, and diagnostics in Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
Biomarkers in Psychiatric disorders and neurodegeneration, Clinical trials in Psychiatric disorders and neurodegeneration, Biology of Psychiatric disorders and neurodegeneration.
N Clayton Silver is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Tulane University. After receiving his PhD, he taught at the University of Richmond, Appalachian State University, and the University of Central Florida. He is co-author of one book and numerous scholarly articles in a variety of psychological areas
Salience, Understandability, and behavioral compliance of warnings. There are numerous variables (e.g., signal words, color, icons) that influence whether we notice, read, and/or comply with a warning. His research considers these variables in an attempt to ultimately reduce accidents and increase safety related behaviors. He is also interested in general human factors issues. Second, he develops user-friendly statistical software that augments the standard statistical software packages. One of his primary interests in the statistical field concerns hypothesis testing in correlation. His interests also include psychometrics and measurement.
Paul Dickinson has had an interest in working with people on the autism spectrum and their families since he was an undergraduate student in the mid 1980s. In 1988 he studied with Professors John and Elizabeth Newson at the University of Nottingham Child Development Unit and it was his time there that really fired his interest in this area of work. He went on to train in Clinical Psychology at University College London and since qualifying he have consistently been involved both in working with young people and latterly adults with autism their carers and families. For many years he was a member of diagnostic and assessment teams that worked out of Child Development and Child and Family Mental Health services. He had the privilege of undertaking further training in diagnostic work with Dr Lorna Wing and Dr Judy Gould at the National Autistic Society centre at Elliot House in London. He worked for over a decade in Scotland and served on a number of Scotland wide working parties involved in developing services for people with autism and their families. He has a special interest in working with people who are described as having challenging behaviour. He inspired by the work of Drs John Clements, Andy McDonnell, Prof. Chris Oliver and that of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Conditions and Positive behaviour Support.
Saeed Momtazi was born in 1966 in Tehran - Iran. He is board certified psychiatrist and since his Graduation in 1994 he is Assistant Professor of psychiatry. His special interests are drug abuse problems, traumatic stress, and mental health. He published a number of papers and also presented papers and lectures in Psychiatry conferences in United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and France. He is author of a book entitled “Family and drug Abuse” which its 3rd edition was published in 280 pages. His book chapter in international textbook of addiction medicine is under publication. He was selected as the best researcher of the university in three consecutive years and honored as a selected researcher by deputy of Iranian minister of health in 2003. He was chairman of 3rd, 4th and 5th Iranian congress on children and adolescents mental health in 1997, 2000 and 2003. He was head of department of psychiatry in Zanjan University of medical sciences since 1999 until 2007, and from 2012 until now. He is also scientific advisor of regional mental health programs for ministry of health and Zanjan medical university. From 2007 to 2011 he was senior consultant responsible for drug prevention programs of Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Office (SAPTO) in ministry of health, Tehran-Iran. During that time he published a review article on Iranian adolescents drug abuse in “current opinion in psychiatry” 2010. He has done a research fellowship on addiction psychiatry funded by National institute on drug abuse (NIDA) 2011-2012 at UCLA.
Drug abuse problems, Traumatic stress, and mental health.
Moneeshindra Mittal, MD was born and raised in India and he completed his medical education in India as well. Thereafter, he decided to pursue his further professional training in United States. He started his professional career in United States as a Researcher at Harvard Medical School and participated in Schizophrenia research. He trained in Psychiatry at University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, where he graduated from residency in 2012. He is also trained in Electroconvulsive Therapy. He is currently a practicing board certified psychiatrist in Hutchinson, KS where he is the Chair of Psychiatry at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He provides inpatient, consultation/liaison and outpatient psychiatric care to the residents of central Kansas. He believes in evidence based practice of psychiatry especially with psychopharmacology as there is often an off-label use in this field of medicine. He provides mentorship toearly career and in training Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Physician Assistants. He also is deeply involved in the mental health advocacy and is an executive council member of Kansas Psychiatric Society.
Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychopharmacology, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and Administrative Psychiatry
Roberto Maniglio is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. He is a psychotherapist, a criminologist and forensic psychopathologist, and a court-appointed expert. He teaches at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. His research interests include the etiology and prevalence of psychiatric disorders, family dysfunction, parenting, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual crimes, victimization, and aggression.
Etiology and prevalence of psychiatric disorders; Family dysfunction, Parenting, Intimate partner violence, Child abuse, Sexual crimes, Victimization; Aggression
Mirela Olympia Fagarasan Palmer work in academia as an internationally recognized neuropharmacology and neuroimmunology researcher. She published more than 500 scientific reports in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and signal transduction . She is leading a laboratory interested in understanding the fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders to contribute at development of new pharmacological treatments. Theyuse genetic, neuroendocrine and neurochemical methods. They recognize the role of the immune system in modulating neuropsychiatric diseases and we are developing in vitro cellular models and in vivo animal models to study the neuro-immune interactions under normal and disease states.
Neuropsychopharmacology, Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Neurodegeration, Regeneration, Signal Transduction
Dr. Marty Harris holds the B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine and the M.S. and PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State University (APA accredited). After, completing a professional psychology internship at UCLA (APA accredited), He carried out postdoctoral work at Cornell University. While at Cornell he developed a research program for students interested in working with migrant farm workers. He received several university awards for this work including the President’s “James A. Perkins Prize” Finalist Award for Interracial Understanding and Harmony. Subsequent to Cornell, He served as a Program Officer for the American Psychological Association. In this role, he managed &wrote grants from several Federal agencies including, NIMH, NIA, SAMHSA, CSAP, CSAT& others. He has served as a tenured faculty member at Vanguard University & Bethany University and has taught and/or served as adjunct faculty at Washington State University, Pepperdine University and UCI College of Medicine. Administratively, He has served in the roles of Department Chair, Graduate Director, Associate Provost, Acting Provost, Diversity Officer and Vice President of Enrollment, Advancement and Student Life. Fluent in both English and Spanish, He has carried out research, developed academic partnerships, lectured and facilitated faculty exchanges with universities in Mexico. Including CETY’s University in Baja California and La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico City). He currently teaches counseling psychology (in Spanish) at Azusa Pacific University. From 1995 to present, He has served on the APA Minority Fellowship Program initial review board. In this capacity, he has helped allocate millions to funding doctoral students specializing in clinical psychology, gerontology, neuroscience and medicine. He has participated as a presenter, consultant or grant reviewer to several state and federal agencies.Including, the U.S. Department of Justice OJJP & ONDCP, SAMHSA, TCADA, HACU and others. In 2003, he developed and directed the first ever federally contracted conference (CSAP) on the efficacy of faith-based approaches to substance abuse treatment, prevention and education. A published researcher, He serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture. He has extensive experience in developing, and leading academic programming, including those that require specific accreditation and or state approvals. These include programs for licensing in psychology, marriage and family therapy and applied behavior analysis.
He recently served as Campus President/Dean of Academic Affairs for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, Westwood and Irvine Campuses (2009-2012). In this role he oversaw all aspects of campus operations, student services, & academic house including all faculty hires, annual program review, academic program growth, curriculum design, program specific accreditation, regional accreditation issues, implementation and related policy and practice. He currently serves as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, School of Professional Studies, at Southern California University of Health Sciences (Whittier, CA).
Giorgos Alevizopoulos is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Athens. He graduated in Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences from Athens University and Psychiatry training within Greece and subsequently the UK in 1996. Since 1988, he has conducted research on psychoactive substances, antipsychotics, and mentally ill offenders. The main focus is forensic psychiatry. This research appears in national and international journals and textbooks. On the practical side, he is Head of the Department of Psychiatry of Agioi Anargyroi General Hospital, University of Athens, focusing on the training of pre- and post-graduate students in Medicine, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has advised numerous governments on mental health services design and safety issues. Currently, he is the President of the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Relative Sciences.
Psychoactive substances, antipsychotics, and mentally ill offenders. The main focus is forensic psychiatry
Claudia Melville is co-founder and member of the editorial board of RevistaLúdica, an online psychoanalytic magazine. She has been teaching several courses for the past six years at the Psychology Department of Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala where she also works as a clinical supervisor for senior year students´supervised practice from a psychodynamic approach. Her experience in teaching also includes a graduate course in psychopathology and psychotherapy for master level students at Universidad Rafael Landivar de Guatemala. She obtained her Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in 2007 and worked at different programs in the city of Boston as a psychotherapist for dual diagnosis patients. She currently lives in Guatemala City where she holds her private practice. In 2011 she presented her paper “Facebook, identity and subjectivity” at the “Congreso de PsicoanálisisVincular” in Buenos Aires Argentina. She was a member of the organization committee of the “EncuentroPsicoanalítico Guatemala, 2013”. Her works have been published at different online psychology magazines.
Attachment theories and outcome, transitional phenomena in psychoanalysis
Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology, CNR