Judson Brewer, MD, PhD

Jud Brewer MD, PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 14+ Million views), the New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information). He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). Follow him on twitter @judbrewer.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jud Brewer is the director of research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center. He is an associate professor at Brown University. Dr. Brewer is an author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jud Brewer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP

Kenneth Carter, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Oxford College of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Carter received his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a postdoctoral master's degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickerson University. Dr. Carter has taught clinical psychopharmacology classes at Emory University since 2005 and has presented highly rated psychopharmacology workshops to clinicians throughout the United States since 2010. Dr. Carter has served as a senior assistant research scientist in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been a psychotherapist and researcher for more than 20 years, during which time he has garnered awards from the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Carter has presented at numerous conferences and written several books and articles on introductory psychology, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Kenneth Carter has employment relationships with Positive Impact Health Centers and Oxford College of Emory University. He is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Carter receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Kenneth Carter is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Neuroscience Education Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Pharmocotherapy, and the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D.

Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D., is a co-developer of CPT and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  Serving as the VA CPT Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to mental health clinicians across the United States.  She is the co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Model (The Guilford Press, 2017) and author of CPT for Sexual Abuse Treatment Manual (2012).  A sought-after speaker, Dr. Chard has personally trained over 5,000 clinicians throughout the United States on using CPT with veterans, active duty personnel, and civilians in addition to overseeing the training of tens of thousands of others via the trainers she supervises.  She is co-chair of a 17-site study comparing CPT to Prolonged Exposure in US veterans in addition to conducting a $6 million-dollar Department of Defense study on the assessment of PTSD.  She served as a past editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is currently a professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathleen M. Chard is a co-developer of CPT and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. She has an employment relationship with the University of Cincinnati. She receives royalties as an author from the Guilford Press. Dr. Chard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial: Kathleen M. Chard has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is an author and educator who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances, and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.

As the founder and CEO of Little Flower Yoga, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programming and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the board president of the non-profit Yoga Service Council, which works to maximize the effectiveness and sustainability of those committed to sharing practices supporting healing, resilience, self-development, community building and positive social change.

Jennifer is the author and co-author of numerous titles and card decks, including Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck (PESI, 2016), Little Flower Yoga (New Harbinger, 2013) and children’s books, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart (PESI, 2019) and Thank You Mind (PESI, 2020).

Jennifer’s work has been featured in prominent publications including NY Times, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and Yoga Journal and endorsed by thought leaders including Dan Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson and Congressman Tim Ryan. Jennifer is an engaging presenter committed to collective growth and learning. She offers powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is the owner and CEO of Little Flower Yoga. She receives a speaking fee from Yoga International. Ms. Cohen Harper is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is an advisor to the Yoga Service Counselor and the Center for Resilience. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness.

 


Lisa Coyne, PhD

Dr. Coyne has her PhD in Clinical Psychology and completed her post-doctoral training in Pediatric Psychology in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic in William Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2005. She is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (NECOA) and was elected President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) in 2019. She is member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). She is also a licensed psychologist, a peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and author. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents and is a co-author of the books Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide for Supporting Parents (Elsevier), and The Joy of Parenting (New Harbinger). Her new books, Stuff That’s Loud: A Teen’s Guide to Unspiralling When OCD Gets Noisy (New Harbinger & Little Brown), Stop Avoiding Stuff: 25 Microskills to Face Your Fears and Do It Anyway, were published in 2020.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lisa Coyne is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a senior clinical consultant at child and Adolescent OCD Institute. Dr. Coyne is an author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lisa Coyne has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Deborah Dana, LCSW

Deb Dana, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant, and author specializing in using the lens of Polyvagal Theory to understand and resolve the impact of trauma and create ways of working that honor the role of the autonomic nervous system. She developed the Rhythm of Regulation Clinical Training Series and lectures internationally on ways Polyvagal Theory informs clinical work. She is trained in Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Tapas Acupressure Technique, and completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center.

Deb is a founding member of the Polyvagal Institute, clinical advisor to Khiron Clinics, and an advisor to Unyte. She is the author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (Norton, 2018), Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection: 50 Client-Centered Practices (Norton, 2020) Befriending Your Nervous System (Sounds True, 2020), Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory (forthcoming from Sounds True), co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton 2018), and creator of the Polyvagal Flip Chart (Norton, 2020).

To learn more, visit www.rhythmofregulation.com

 


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Deborah Dana maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of California Davis. She is a consultant to Khiron House Clinics and an advisor to Unyte/Integrated Learning Systems. She receives royalties as a published author and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.

Non-financial: Deborah Dana has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 28 languages and include Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing (New Harbinger, 2011), Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Resilient (Harmony, 2018), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002). He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous online programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA and Google, and Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and over 140,000 people receive his free Just One Thing weekly newsletter.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Rick Hanson maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Rick Hanson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Mindfulness Research Association.


Meg Jay, PhD

Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor of human development at University of Virginia. She’s the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now and Supernormal: The Secret World of the Family Hero.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Meg Jay maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Meg Jay has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Susan Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Sue Johnson, EdD, is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson receives compensation as a professor for the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa. She has an employment relationship with the Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group and Alliant International University. She is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.


Alex Korb, Ph.D.

Alex Korb, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist, writer and coach. He has studied the brain for over 15 years and is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He received a BS in Neuroscience at Brown University, before earning a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA. His dissertation focused on measuring electrical activity in the brain to better understand and treat depression. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCLA where his research focuses on neuroimaging and the development of a novel brain stimulation device. He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on the neuroscience of psychiatric disorders.

His popular blog on PsychologyToday.com has over a million views. He speaks around the country on neuroscience and has appeared on radio shows and podcasts worldwide. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Alexander Korb is an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Alexander Korb has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Gabor Maté, MD

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology

Simon Fraser University

Gabor Maté MD, is a renowned speaker, and bestselling author. Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

An adjunct professor in the Faculty of Simon Fraser University, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literacy Non-Fiction; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University, and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Gabor Maté receives compensation as a presenter. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Gabor Maté has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Emily Nagoski, PhD

Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., has been a sex educator for twenty years and is the former inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College. Her New York Times best-selling book, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, has been hailed as a groundbreaking exploration of the science of sexuality. Sex therapist, Ian Kerner called it a “master class in the science of sex” and relationship researcher John Gottman said it is “an absolutely necessary guide for all couples.” She has also written three guides for Ian Kerner’s GoodInBed.com, including the “Guide to Female Orgasm,” and her own blog, The Dirty Normal.

Dr. Nagoski has a Ph.D. in health behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski is an author with Simon & Schuster and receives royalties. She receives compensation as a presenter. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Emily Nagoski has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Lisa Najavits, PhD

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is adjunct professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of the acclaimed Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Najavits is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and an adjunct professor for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the founder of and speaker for Treatment Innovations. Dr. Najavits receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Lisa Najavits has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Dr. Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

www.drtammynelson.com

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, Board Certified Sexologist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She has been a therapist for almost 30 years and is the executive director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. She started the institute to develop courses for psychotherapists as the need grew for certified, integrated postgraduate sex and couple’s therapists in a growing field of mental health consumers who need more complex interventions for their relationship needs.

Dr. Tammy is a TEDx speaker, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium speaker and the author of several books, including Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together (Quiver, 2008) and the best-selling The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity (New Harbinger, 2013), as well as When You’re the One Who Cheats: Ten Things You Need to Know (RL Publishing Corp., 2019) and the upcoming Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy (PESI, 2020).

She has been a featured expert in New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Rolling Stone magazine, TIME Magazine, Redbook, Glamour, The Sun, and The London Times. She is the host of a popular podcast on iTunes, “The Trouble with Sex”, and writes for the Huffington Post, YourTango, ThriveGlobal, and medium.com. Dr. Tammy can be followed on her blog, www.drtammynelson.com/blog.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson maintains a private practice. She is the Executive Director of the Integrated Sex Therapy Training Institute, and she has employment relationships with Daybreak University, Naugatuck Community College, and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Dr. Nelson receives compensation as a presenter and consultant. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc., and she receives royalties as a published author. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Tammy Nelson serves on the dissertation committee for the American Academy of Clinical Sexology (AACS). She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Sex Counselors, and Sex Therapists (AASECT), the Imago Relationships International Association of Professional and Certified Therapists, International Board of Sexologists, and other organizations. For a complete list, please contact info@pesi.com.

 


Janis Phelps, PhD

Janis Phelps, PhD, is a leader in the field of psychedelic therapy training as the Director of the Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies Center. As the Center’s founder, Dr. Phelps developed and launched the first university accredited, post-graduate training program for psychedelic therapy and research. She has held the position of the Dean of Faculty of the six doctoral departments in the CIIS School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her 2018 journal publication, Developing Guidelines and Competencies for the Training of Psychedelic Therapists, describes best practices in the academic training of medical and mental health professionals in this field. These ideas are further developed in a 2019 chapter on “Training Psychedelic Therapists” in Advances in Psychedelic Medicine, edited by Michael Winkelman and Ben Sessa. Dr. Phelps is a board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which has conducted highly influential psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy research since the 1990’s. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is a key contributor to the creation of a national accreditation board for psychedelic therapists and to methods of scaling effective training programs to meet the burgeoning need for well-trained mental health and medical professionals in the field of psychedelic medicine. Dr. Phelps maintains a private clinical practice in Mill Valley, CA.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Janis Phelps is the director and founder of the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research. She is a consulting psychologist and receives compensation. Dr. Phelps receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Janis Phelps is a founding advisory board member of the Holos Institute and a board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. She is a member of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the California Psychological Association


Albert "Skip" Rizzo Rizzo, PhD

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a Research Professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Over the last 25 years, Skip has conducted research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. This work has focused on PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. Some of his recent work has involved the creation of artificially intelligent virtual human (VH) patients that novice clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging diagnostic interviews and for creating online virtual human healthcare guides, and clinical interviewers with automated sensing of facial, gestural, and vocal behaviors useful for inferring the state of the user interacting with these virtual human entities. In spite of the diversity of these clinical R&D areas, the common thread that drives all of his work with digital technologies involves the study of how interactive and immersive Virtual Reality simulations can be usefully applied to address human healthcare needs beyond what is possible with traditional 20th Century tools and methods. To view some videos of this work, please visit this YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AlbertSkipRizzo


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Albert Rizzo is the director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California. He is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Rizzo receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Albert Rizzo is a member of the American Psychological Association; International Neuropsychological Society; and Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy.


Jessica Schleider, PhD

Dr. Jessica Schleider is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, where she directs the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. Author of more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters and a forthcoming self-help workbook for teens, her research on brief, accessible mental health interventions has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, and the American Psychological Foundation, among others. She has also been recognized via numerous awards, including a 2019 NIH Director's Early Independence Award and the 2019 President's New Researcher award from Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; in 2020, she was selected as one of Forbes’ “30 under 30 in Healthcare.” Dr. Schleider completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University, an APA-accredit Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale School of Medicine, and her B.A. in Psychology at Swarthmore College.


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Jessica Schleider is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University. She is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Schleider receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jessica Schleider has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Center for Self Leadership

Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.

In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute (formerly the Center for Self Leadership). He maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.


Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Neuropsychiatrist

Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel's books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute.  He is an author for W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Bantam publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties.  He is an author for Tarcher/Penguin and receives royalties.  He is an author for Random House and receives royalties.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial:  Dr. Daniel J Siegel is a clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He does not receive compensation.


Jill Stoddard, PhD

Jill Stoddard, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management. She is the author of two books: Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and The Big Book of ACT Metaphors: A Practitioner’s Guide to Experiential Exercises and Metaphors in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Stoddard is an award-winning teacher, peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and co-host of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast. She is a frequent podcast guest, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and has had her writing appear in Scary Mommy, Thrive Global, The Good Men Project, and Mindful Return. Dr. Stoddard received her PhD from Boston University in 2007.


Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Jill Stoddard is the founder and director for The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management. She is an author and receives royalties. Dr. Stoddard receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jill Stoddard is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America; Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science; and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.


Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C

Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C is the founder of Positive Strides Therapy where she has a full-time walking psychotherapy practice and consulting business.
 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Udler is the owner of Positive Strides, LLC. She receives a speaker honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationship with an ineligible organization to disclose.

Non-financial: Jennifer Udler has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress.  His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma.  He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR. 

He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects. 

His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust.  He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.

Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School.  He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Eboni Webb, Psy.D.

Psychologist

Kairos

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., opened the private practice Kairos in Middle Tennessee in July 2010. Kairos, now The Village of Kairos, offers diverse DBT specializations including DBT or trauma-based disorders and co-occurring disorders. The Village of Kairos has expanded therapy programs, better known as Restorative Services, to include individual and group therapy sessions for adolescents, parents, families, and adults, including in-the-moment coaching for patients.

Dr. Webb earned her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Webb began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems in Minnesota, a large clinic specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has extensively practiced DBT developing two special treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning.

Dr. Webb has completed Level II training and is currently in the process of completing her board certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as an Advanced Certified Practitioner, which has become a prominent feature of therapy offerings in the Village.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Eboni Webb maintains a private practice, and she has public speaking relationships with Acacia Therapy and Health Training, Jack Hirose and Associates, Inc., and PESI, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Eboni Webb is an Executive Board Member for Mental Health America-Middle Tennessee.


Monnica T Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Monnica T. Williams, PhD, is a board-certified licensed clinical psychologist who was named one of the top 25 thought leaders in PTSD by PTSD Journal. Her work has been featured in several major media outlets, including NPR, Huffington Post, CNN, and the New York Times.

Dr. Williams has published over 100 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles focused on trauma and other anxiety-related disorders and cultural differences. She is an associate editor of the Behavior Therapist and New Ideas in Psychology, and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals.

A past president of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Williams is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the School of Psychology, where she is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities. She is also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Connecticut, where she provides supervision and training to clinicians for empirically-supported treatments.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Monnica Williams is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. She is the clinical director at Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC. Dr. Williams receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Monnica Williams is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association; International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (Special Interest Group Leader: African Americans in Behavior Therapy; and the American Psychological Association.