Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. Dr. Ciaramicoli is in full time private practice and co-director of Integrated Success Consultants. He has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, lecturer for the American Cancer Society, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.
In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area. He is also appeared on national television and hundreds of radio shows throughout the nation. Dr. Ciaramicoli’s is the author of several books, his newest is, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience.
Mary V Seeman is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her contributions to the improvement of mental health in Canadian women.
The focus of her work has been the effect of psychosis on women and the effect of gender on psychosis. She has written over 300 scientific articles and authored several books on schizophrenia and women’s mental health.
Philip A. Gilly is an Addictionologist at Henry Ford Maplegrove Center, West Bloomfield, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended New York University School of Medicine and completed Family Practice residency at St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Family Medicine since 1985 and in Addiction Medicine since 2010. He practiced office-based primary care for over 20 years before transitioning in 2007 to addiction medicine full-time. He joined the Behavioral Health Services division of the Henry Ford Health System in 2011 and was appointed to the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2014 as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is passionate about teaching the medical model and the biopsychosocial approach, through staff inservices, residency lectures, and rotations with medical students, residents and fellows. He has always been a collector of Inspirational, Motivational, and Educational aphorisms, which he recently published as Thought for the Day, a Perpetual Calendar that offers anannotated Quote for Every Day of the Year.
The biopsychosocial approach to addictive disorders, the use of evidence based treatments, the use of Medication assisted treatment with agonist and antagonist medications, particularly in patients with alcohol, opioid, benzodiazepine and tobacco use disorders, and addressing the need for new and novel treatments that are more relevant for young adults ages 18-25; Advances in neurobiology to the treatment of substance use disorders.
William Joseph Mace was born and raised in Memphis, Tn. He graduated from the University of Alabama and earned a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. He Received a Ph.D in Psychology at the University of Kansas and completed an internship at the Devereux Foundation in Devon, Pennsylvania. He has practiced as a licensed psychologist in the state of Alabama for the past 23 years, taught undergraduate courses at the University of South Alabama, and participated in research. Dr. Mace is currently employed with FocusMD, and, is looking forward to assisting the American Autism and Rehabilitation Center, opening soon in his area.
ADHD; OCD; Autism; Personality; Social Psychology and Relationships.
Rajendra Badgaiyan is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Molecular and Functional Imaging Laboratory at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA. He is also Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Radiochemistry. He received MBBS, MD, and MA (Psychology) degrees from Bhopal University India and completed residency training in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was awarded Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) degree by Harvard University and MIT in 2008.
Badgaiyan is trained in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and molecular imaging at University of Oregon, University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University and MIT. He is principal investigator of a number of NIH, VA and Foundation grants and has published numerous high impact research papers. He has conducted pioneering research in neuroimaging and developed the single scan dynamic molecular imaging technique, which allows detection of dopamine release in the live human brain during performance of a cognitive and behavioral task.
Jean Perriot is a Pulmonologist and Addictionologist at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand (France) and he leads a Public Health department of the county council of the Puy de Dôme (Région d'Auvergne). He has been graduate MD, Pulmonologist, Immunologist, Allergist, Addictionologist at the University of Auvergne.
Jean Perriot studied the mechanisms of tobacco addiction and treatments for smoking cessation at the Paris-Descartes University. He is passionate about teaching the mechanisms of tobacco addiction and the smoking cessation interventions. He is a member of the European Respiratory Society and the Société Francophone de Tabacologie.
The mechanisms and ways to control craving in addictions; Smoking cessation in Hard-core smokers; Medication treatments for tobacco dependence.
WK Tang was appointed to professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. His main research areas are Addictions and Neuropsychiatry in Stroke.
He has published over 100 papers in renowned journals, and has also contributed to the peer review of 40 journals. He has secured over 20 major competitive research grants. He has served the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He was also a recipient of the Young Researcher Award in 2007, awarded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Robison received her Psy.D. and her second Master's degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has worked in a variety of treatment settings since 1994, and has contributed to the professional development of other clinicians through consultation and trainings, and as adjunct faculty for University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Villanova, Arcadia, and Argosy Universities. She is co-author of a book chapter entitled “Residential Treatment Centers for Conduct Disorder”, published by Springer, and has published a monthly column on the topic of applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy with an adolescent population, published by behavioralhealthcentral.com.
Robison specializes in difficult to treat adolescent behaviors such as self injury, addiction, and oppositional behaviors. She also treats adults for issues such as trauma, mood and personality disorders, or addiction, and works with couples who wish to improve their relationship. In 2004 she began a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training group modified for adolescents which runs Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in her Lansdale office. She often runs additional groups, such as a mentoring group for older adolescents and children, and a trauma recovery empowerment group for adolescent girls.
Research interests are applying DBT to addicted populations, Integrating 12 step philosophy into practice, treating addictive personality traits and managing post-acute withdrawal syndrome.
Russell Frohardt is currently Professor of Psychology, director of the Behavioral neuroscience program, and President of the Faculty Senate. He also currently serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative for St. Edward's University and he has served in a number of administrative roles.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and then he completed his Ph.D. in experimental psychology and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Vermont. He studied electrophysiology and spatial navigation on a postdoctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College for three years before joining the faculty at St. Edward’s in Austin, Texas.
Models of relapse; The neurobiology of learning and memory; Spatial navigation and female sexual behavior.
Ricardo Joao Teixeira graduated in Psychology with a pre-specialization in Clinical and Health Psychology. He received his Ph.D in Health Psychology from the University of Minho (Portugal). For his dissertation he was granted with a scholarship by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. He is now conducting a Post-Doc in Psychology at University of Aveiro (Portugal). He completed post-graduation studies in Health Psychology, Cognitive-Behavior Therapies, and Palliative Care. He received several national and international scientific awards, and is an award-winning member of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society.
As a clinician, researcher and lecturer, he has been collaborating with various institutions of higher education (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, University of Minho and University of Aveiro). He currently works as a Psychotherapist at Clinica Medico-Psiquiatrica da Ordem (Porto, Portugal). His special research interests are emotion regulation, alexithymia, emotional schemas, mindfulness, posttraumatic growth, psycho-oncology, psychotherapy, psychosomatic medicine, and screening distress programs for cancer patients. He has published several scientific articles and book chapters on these topics.
Emotion regulation; Alexithymia; Emotional schemas; Mindfulness; Posttraumatic growth; Psycho-oncology; Psychotherapy; Psychosomatic medicine and Screening distress programs for cancer patients.
Calvin Chatlos is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers University, New Jersey, working with University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) in the Specialized Addiction Treatment Services outpatient program treating clients with co-occurring disorders. He has Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Publications have been primarily on Adolescent Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders.
Adolescent chemical dependency; Dual diagnosis and Addiction prevention.
Marja Mattila-Evenden qualified as a medical doctor at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where she also obtained a PhD in Pharmacology, studying the effects of drug on human psychomotor performance. In 1990, she moved to the Karolinska Hospital, in Stockholm, Sweden for post-doctoral studies including detailed education on the use of clinical rating scales in psychiatry. There she completed specialization in Psychiatry and obtained as position as Attending Doctor at the Magnus Huss Clinic. After moving to the USA, she worked in clinical trials at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, before completing a residency in the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Temple University, and a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mattila-Evenden has long experience in the design and execution of research studies with healthy human subjects and psychiatric patients in academic studies and industry-sponsored trials. In 2008, she conducted the first field tests of newly designed computerized cognitive procedures from the Wilton Logic test portfolio at Episcopal Hospital, Philadelphia. She works as a Medical Consultant at Wilton Logic, LLC , and has had a major role in the direction of Wilton Logic’s strategy.
Use of benzodiazepines in psychiatric disorders, their addiction potential and interactions with other psychotropic drugs and alcohol; Treatment of anxiety in connection to medication-assisted treatments of Opioid dependence; Addictive disorders; Cognition and Internet addiction.
Milivoj Stojanovic was born in Sibenik in 1961. He studied medicine on the university in Zagreb and was graduate for the doctor of medicine in year 1987. He was included in medical team as army officer on the first line and takes care about ill and wounded Croatian soldiers in the Croatian war for freedom. He was included in war 19 months in two periods 1991-1993. He was graduated as a psychiatrist in July 1996. After that he work all the time in acute department of psychiatry for acute short term treatment of psychoses, addiction and other urgent psychiatric situations, and was consultant for urgent states in other facilities in General hospital. During that time he finished European standardized education for the group psychoanalytic therapy. He works about fifteen years on court for the cases in forensic psychiatry and made more than 400 opinions. He uses all kinds of psychopharmacology and electro stimulative therapy. He was participant 3-5 times a year on domestic and international meeting and published a few papers and has a few oral presentations on Croatian and English.
Richard Wilmot is a sociologist with a specialization in the social psychology of substance abuse. He is the founder of DrugCraft, an innovative harm reduction approach to drug/alcohol use, misuse, abuse, and addiction that he describes as "intoxication coaching." A maverick in the field of harm reduction, he is a former editor of the Journal of Drug Issues and the author of American Euphoria: Saying 'Know' to Drugs, an investigation into how the very private experience of intoxication is conditioned by public policy and culture.
After working for the Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto, he received a scholarship to complete a Ph.D. in Drug Studies at the University of California at San Diego. After obtaining his degree, he spent years in the recovery field, doing research, counseling clients on Skid Row, lecturing at the Drug Policy Foundation in Washington D.C., and teaching courses in drug studies as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Alameda.
Substance abuse; Drug/alcohol use, misuse, abuse, and Addiction.
Sean Sayers is a licensed clinical psychologist (North Carolina and Puerto Rico), fully bilingual in Spanish and English, with a strong Hispanic background. He was born in Rome, New York and lived in Puerto Rico for over 30 years. For the last 4 years, he has lived in North Carolina. During the last 15 years, he has worked with different ethnic backgrounds of all ages as a clinical psychologist, professor, program chair, researcher, and consultant. In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University (CAU), San Juan Campus, Puerto Rico, an APA accredited program. He was an Associate Professor from 2004-2013 and former chair (2007-2010) of the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program at CAU. As a professor, he has taught clinical, statistical, and research courses; he continues to provide mentoring to doctoral students with their dissertation as an Adjunct Professor at CAU. In 2013 he completed a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, he is employed by IPC Healthcare (formerly known as North Carolina Elderly Psychiatric Services), where is among the first group of psychologist employed by the company to provide individual and family psychotherapy to adult and elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities (short and long term care) and assisted living homes.
Resilience; Mindfulness; Spirituality; Mental health interventions; Test construction and validation and Latino/minority mental health.
Founded by Arturo C. Taca, INSynergy was created in response for a dire need to provide effective, evidence based, and affordable treatment for motivated persons struggling with addictions. He brings to the Institute of Neuro-Synergy (INSynergy) a wealth of experience in addiction medicine. He is a Diplomate and Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine as well as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He was recently elected President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is currently serving as Alternate Regional Director of Region VII for ASAM. Before IN Synergy, he has completed his psychiatric residency training at St. Louis University where he was the Chief Resident of the Department of Psychiatry. He is currently a clinical instructor and continues to teach and supervise residents at the St. Louis University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and St. John's Mercy Medical Center.
Arturo C. Taca also was voted one of the Best Doctors of America in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. This distinction is only offered to those physicians who have been selected by consensus of their peers to be included in Best Doctors. Only about 5% of all doctors in the U.S. are honored in this way by their colleagues as the result of a nationwide survey in which doctors cast more than one million votes.
Addiction Medicine; Sleep Medicine; Pharmaco-Genetics; Trans-Cranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS); Psychopharmacology of severe mental illness; Addiction; Bipolar Disorder and ADHD
Stephen F. Myler is from Leicester in England, an industrial town in the Midlands of the United Kingdom. He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in Psychology from the UK’s Open University the largest in the UK; He also has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Knightsbridge University in Denmark. In addition to this Stephen holds many diplomas and awards in a variety of academic areas including journalism, finance, teaching and advanced therapy for mental health. Stephen has as a Professor of Psychology many years teaching experience in colleges and universities in England, Africa and China to post 16 young adults, instructing in psychology, sociology, English, marketing and business. He has been fortunate to travel extensively from Australia to Africa to the United States, South America, Borneo, most of Europe and Russia. Stephen’s favorite hobby is the study of primates and likes to play badminton. He believes that students who enjoy classes with humor and enthusiasm from the teacher always come back eager to learn more. Dr. Myler is the author of over 54 scientific papers and two books, The Travelling Psychologist and The China Papers. Recent expert psychologist on several shows of ICS TV Culture Matters discussing various psychological topics. Professor Myler is recognized by the World Counsel for Psychotherapy, in Austria, as the top psychotherapist in China. Currently Head of CP at Red Leaf Hospital
My major research interest focuses on the genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of neuropsychiatric disorders, from generating the genotype data using microarray, high-throughput genotype data analysis, to interpreting the association results using neuroscience knowledge. I use the existing programs (e.g., PLINK) or develop new programs using Unix, R, Perl or C++ languages to perform SNP-, CNV-, gene- and/or pathway-based GWAS analysis. I am also interested in association analysis of haplotypes, diplotypes, and gene-gene interactions. For each risk SNP, CNV, gene, gene region or pathway identified, I test the specificity of its association with diseases by testing the associations across multiple phenotype groups with various neuropsychiatric disorders. I also test its function using cis-acting expression quantitative locus (cis-eQTL) analysis and transcriptome-wide trans-eQTL analysis in human and rat brain tissues.
My research interests also include genotyping using next- or third-generation sequencing technology (e.g., whole-genome or exome sequencing and targeted gene region sequencing), calling various genetic variants (SNV, CNV, etc.) from the sequencing data (eg SAM Tool), and analyzing the gene-disease associations (PLINK/Seq). In particular, I am interested in the association analysis of rare variants in the sequencing data, using collapsing or score-type approach (e.g., ARIEL and SCORE-Seq). I am also interested in bioinformatic analysis of the variant functions, e.g., RNA secondary structure alteration, transcription binding site activity, splicing activity, microRNA binding activity and long non-coding RNA expression profiling. Furthermore, I am interested in long-read sequencing to generate long-range unambiguous haplotypes for powerful association analysis.
I have a long history of conducting association studies using candidate gene approaches. For genotyping, I am experienced in RFLP, TaqMan and microarray technologies. The candidate genes cover ADHs, ALDHs, CHRMs, OPRs, CNRs, GRIKs, CYPs, HTRs, DRDs, DISC1, etc. The phenotypes cover alcohol dependence, cocaine dependence, opioid dependence, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, mood disorders, OCD spectrum disorders, ADHD and personality disorders.
I have been interested in pharmacogenetics for a long time. I searched for genes related to clozapine and risperidone efficacies on schizophrenia, and natrexone and disulfiram efficacies on alcoholism. I used positive predictive values (PPVs) and area under the receiver operating characteristic curve values (AUCs) to predict treatment responses of psychiatric patients. I tried and keep trying to establish several genetic marker sets to sensitively predict the treatment responses to various therapies for various psychiatric illnesses.
Another research interest is related to DNA methylation. I detect the associations of neuropsychiatric disorders with the DNA methylation level and DNA methylation patterns in the CpG islands of candidate genes. Furthermore, I test whether the environmental factors, such as childhood adversity and exposure to drug, are related to the alteration of DNA methylation.
Berkowitz has specialized in forensic psychology for over 20 years, neuropsychology and clinical/diagnostic assessment and court evaluations and trainings. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage, Family and Children Counselor. She served as an expert witness in hundreds of high profile and complex cases within the California Superior Courts. Her consultation and expert testimony expertise in California and Nationally includes addressing legal questions pertinent to high conflict co-parenting difficulties, domestic violence and abuse, violence and sex offender risk assessment, psycho-sexual issues, persuasive development disorders, head injury, neuropsychological functioning, cognitive ability, psychological/emotional damages for Family Law, Criminal and Civil Court. She also provides litigation consultation to attorneys regarding various psychological and parenting issues, some of which include: Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing, 500+ Child Custody Evaluations (Full 730, Parenting Plan Assessments, Solution Focused Evaluations and 733 Re-evaluations), Expert Witness testimony, Site Inspections, Home evaluations, School Evaluations and Visits, Reports, Declarations, and consultations with other professional involved on a case when appropriate. She is highly valued and respected by the courts and is a nationally recognized expert.
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.