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George A. Bonanno, PhD

"Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma"

George A. Bonanno, PhDAs The New York Times said in 2011, the current science of bereavement has been "driven primarily" by Bonanno, a professor of clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. A pioneering researcher, Bonanno introduced the idea of resilience to the study of loss and trauma. His contributions to the field, summarized in his book "The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After a Loss," introduce rigorous scientific methods of research to the field of bereavement and trauma and describe natural resilience as the main component of grief and trauma reactions in people who face major losses.

Jose Antonio Bowen, PhD

"Teaching Naked: Less Technology and More Psychology"

Jose Antonio Bowen, PhDTechnology has altered our relationship with knowledge — for the worse, says Bowen. He says the point of school is to move students beyond facts and opinions to judgment by increasing grit, creativity and tolerance for ambiguity. In his talk, Bowen will argue that psychology is the new pedagogy for learning. Bowen will become president of Goucher College in July after eight years as dean and professor of music at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. He is author of the 2012 book "Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning."

Marc Brackett, PhD

"Emotional Intelligence: Best Hope for Safe, Caring and Effective Schools"

Marc Brackett, PhDTeaching emotional intelligence can help schools prevent bullying and improve school climate and academic performance, says Brackett, who directs the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He will discuss RULER, an evidence-based intervention he co-developed that teaches emotional skills to school leaders, teachers, students and famalies as a way to reduce bullying and improve school outcomes. He serves on the research board for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is working to inspire youth to improve their communities. Brackett is also collaborating with Facebook on ways to decrease and prevent bullying.

J. Manuel Casas, PhD

"Caution: Immigration Can Be Harmful to Your Mental Health"

J. Manuel Casas, PhDThere are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Casas will talk about his work with this underserved population in discussing the mental health risks they face, the social context that gives rise to those risks, and barriers and new creative approaches to treatment. Casas is a professor emeritus in the counseling, clinical, and school psychology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the co-author of the "Handbook of Racial/Ethnic Minority Counseling Research" and is one of the editors of the three editions of the "Handbook of Multicultural Counseling."

Bruce Cuthbert, PhD

"Two of a Kind? Understanding the Research Domain Criteria versus DSM-5"

As director of the National Institute of Mental Health's Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development, Cuthbert has a unique understanding of the intersection between the DSM and Research Domain Criteria, the institute's project to develop for research purposes new ways of classifying psychopathology based on dimensions of observable behavior and neurobiological measures. Cuthbert first came to NIMH in 1998, where from 1999 to 2005, he was chief of the Adult Psychopathology and Prevention Research Branch.

Nadya Fouad, PhD

"Leaning in but Getting Pushed Back (And Out)"

Nadya Fouad, PhDCounter to the popular conception that women need more self-efficacy or more assertiveness to succeed in male-dominated fields, Fouad's research has shown that workplace climate is a strong predictor of women's decisions to leave or stay in the engineering profession. In her talk, Fouad will discuss the workplace implications of her groundbreaking study, conducted with Romila Singh, PhD. Fouad is a distinguished professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studies how people make work and career-related decisions.

Temple Grandin, PhD

"Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed"

Temple Grandin, PhDBorn autistic, Grandin has become a champion for people with the disorder, as well as one of the country's best-known animal welfare advocates. In her talk, Grandin will reflect on growing up autistic and her daily struggles with oversensitivity to loud noises, sudden lighting changes and other stimuli. She'll also discuss the importance of positive early intervention for children with autism and ways teachers and mentors can help autistic children and teenagers thrive, such as by helping them to develop job skills.

Grandin, who was profiled in the 2010 HBO film "Temple Grandin," is an animal sciences professor at Colorado State University and author of the 2013 book "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum." Watch her TED talk on autism.

Richard Ivry, PhD

"Cerebellar Contributions to Cognition: Implications for Understanding Psychopathology"

Richard Ivry, PhDHistorically, we think of the cerebellum as a core part of the motor system, helping us learn and produce skilled movements. In this talk, Ivry will discuss new ideas about how the cerebellum may also contribute to cognition through its interaction with the cerebral cortex, and how dysfunction of this system could contribute to conditions such as schizophrenia, autism and dyslexia. Ivry is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Cognition and Action lab. He is also a co-author (with Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, and George Mangun, PhD) of the landmark textbook "Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind."

Sheena Iyengar, PhD

"The Obligation to Choose"

Sheena Iyengar, PhDIyengar, a professor of business at Columbia Business School, will discuss how choice has become more of a duty than a decision. In her research, Iyengar has found that having too many choices can be debilitating. In one study, she analyzed the savings decisions of 800,000 people and found that the more choices for a 401(k) savings plan people had, the less likely they were to participate in a savings plan at all. "Expressing yourself through choice allows you to assert your individuality, to distinguish yourself," she says. "But oddly enough, this kind of self-expression has itself become an obligation rather than a choice."

Watch Iyengar's TED talk on choice.

Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD

"Evidence-based Practice and Its Discontents: A Search for Common Ground"

Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhDThe movement toward evidence-based practice has been controversial in psychology, in part due to misunderstandings. But some controversy stems from inadequate communication between researchers and clinicians. In this talk, Lilienfeld, a professor of psychology at Emory University, will examine sources of resistance to evidence-based practice and discuss their implications for the science-practice gap. He will also outline constructive suggestions to researchers and practitioners for finding common ground to narrow this gap.


Michael McCrea, PhD

"Scientific Update on Sport-Related Concussion: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?"

Michael McCrea, PhDFor the past 20 years, McCrea has been studying the acute and chronic effects of sport-related concussion. His talk will highlight the major scientific breakthroughs that drive the diagnosis, evaluation and management of such injuries. McCrea is a professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also directs the college's brain injury research. He is past president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.


Inge Missmahl

"Treating People in Seemingly Hopeless Situations: Learning from Afghanistan"

Inge MissmahlIn 2004 on a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, German analytical psychologist Inge Missmahl witnessed the profound depression and trauma among the people who have been devastated by 30 years of poverty and violence — with little or no access to mental health care. In response, she founded Project Kabul for Caritas Germany to train Afghans to provide psychosocial counseling in 15 centers in the city. So far, Project Kabul has treated 12,000 clients. Missmahl now works on behalf of the European Union as technical advisor for mental health for the Afghan government.

Watch Missmahl's TED talk.

David C. Mohr, PhD
"The Marriage of Technology and Psychological Intervention: For Better or Worse"

David C. Mohr, PhDAs director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University, Mohr is adapting and evaluating new technologies for mental health treatment, including harnessing smartphone sensor data to offer real-time support for people with depression. In his talk, Mohr will review how Web-based and mobile technologies are helping patients with mental health problems and will discuss the risks and rewards of using technology in treatment. Mohr will also offer steps psychology can take in research, policy and education to shape the future of technology and psychology.

Brian A. Nosek, PhD

"Scientific Utopia: Improving the Credibility of Scientific Research"

Brian A. Nosek, PhDPsychology research can improve its credibility by changing the academic and publishing norms that reward only novel, positive results, and by opening up access to data, says Nosek, president of the Center for Open Science. The center seeks to increase scientific openness, integrity and reproducibility by improving search technologies and access to data.

In addition to his work on scientific credibility, Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, studies implicit cognition — thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control — and was a co-founder of Project Implicit.

Adrian Raine, DPhil

"The Anatomy of Violence: Dissecting the Biological Roots of Crime"

Adrian Raine, DPhilIf the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in offenders, how moral is it of us to punish prisoners as much as we do? Can biological risk factors help better predict future violence? How can we improve the brain to reduce violence? In his talk, Raine will address these questions and others raised by new research on early biological risk factors for antisocial behavior. Raine is a professor in the departments of criminology, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the 2013 book "Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime."

Michael E. Schatman, PhD

"Medical Cannabinoids: A Paradigmatic Revision and Deliquescence of a Stigma"

Michael E. Schatman, PhDFor the past 26 years, Schatman has worked in multidisciplinary chronic pain management as the executive director of the Foundation for Ethics in Pain Care in Bellevue, Wash. In his talk, Schatman will discuss the use of cannabinoids in pain treatment. He is editor of "Ethical Issues in Chronic Pain Management" and "Chronic Pain Management: Guidelines for Multidisciplinary Program Development." He has written more than 40 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of chronic pain management, and lectures regularly on pain management both locally and nationally.

Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD, and Michael R. Kauth, PhD

"LGBT Veteran Healthcare is Coming out of the Closet"

Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD, and Michael R. Kauth, PhDThis convention session will focus on the ways the Department of Veterans Affairs is improving care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans. Shipherd and Kauth will describe new policies, procedures and clinical education programs for LGBT veteran care. Shipherd is a clinical research psychologist in the Women's Health Sciences Division at the National Center for PTSD and associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Kauth is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and co-director and associate director for education at the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Brian D. Smedley, PhD

"Standing at the Crossroads: Will the Affordable Care Act Eliminate Health Inequities?"

Brian D. Smedley, PhDSmedley directs the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., which explores disparities in health and generates policy recommendations on health equity concerns. In his talk, Smedley will discuss the ways that the Affordable Care Act will affect inequalities in the American health-care system. Smedley is a co-editor with Alan Jenkins of the book "All Things Being Equal: Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time."


Bryan Stevenson, JD

"The Psycho-Social Dynamics of Achieving Justice"

Bryan Stevenson, JDAs founder and executive director of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative and a professor at New York University School of Law, Stevenson has gained national acclaim for his work challenging the criminal justice system's bias against the poor and people of color. Stevenson has worked on the community level to improve how criminal justice is administered. He is also a visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan School of Law and lecturer at Harvard and Yale Law Schools.


Chris E. Stout, PhD

"Innovation for Impact: Technologies, Organizations and Tools for Global Psychologists"

Chris E. Stout, PhDFind out ways that psychologists are reaching more people worldwide than ever at this presentation by the founding director of the Center for Global Initiatives, which has been ranked as a Top Healthcare Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org. Stout is also a clinical psychologist and professor in the College of Medicine, department of psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago. His diverse background also includes serving as an advisory board member to the College of Medicine's Center for Global Health; as a Non-Governmental Organization Special Representative to the United Nations; and as founder of GordianKnot, LLC, an executive leadership consultancy.

Ty Tashiro, PhD

"The Science of Happily Ever After"

Ty Tashiro, PhDThe percentage of single adults in the United States is now at an all-time high. What research-driven advice can psychologists give to these 103 million people that might help them find happy and stable relationships? In his talk, Tashiro will discuss findings from personality research, attachment studies and prospective studies of couples that could help singles identify common mistakes people make when choosing a romantic partner. Tashiro is a relationship writer for the Discovery Fit and Health Channel and author of the 2014 book "The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love."

Jean Twenge, PhD

"Modern Culture and Individualism: The Pernicious Spread of Narcissism or the Welcome Growth of Equality?"

Jean Twenge, PhDOver the past 50 years, American culture has seen an increasing emphasis on self-esteem, individualism and "believing in yourself." In her talk, Twenge will discuss data on possible positive and negative effects of that change, including increases in narcissism but also in gender equality and tolerance. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 100 scientific publications as well as the book "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before."

Bruce E. Wampold, PhD

"Evidence for a Humanistic Understanding of Psychotherapy"

Bruce E. Wampold, PhDThere are two different models about how psychotherapy works — the medical model and the contextual model, says Wampold, the Patricia L. Wolleat Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and director of the research institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Norway. In his talk, Wampold will argue that evidence supports the latter, which involves a wider view of clients in their environments and stresses a strong client-therapist relationship. He is author of the 2001 book, "The Great Psychotherapy Debate: Models, Methods, and Findings."

Roger L. Worthington, PhD

"Difficult Dialogues: Promoting Civil Discourse in a Culture of Incivility"

Roger Worthington, PhDAs chair of the board of the Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center — an organization that promotes constructive public discourse — Worthington will discuss ways educators can promote and encourage positive communication among students with different attitudes, beliefs, values and backgrounds. Worthington is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri and editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. He earned three grants from the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Initiative, which supported projects at colleges and universities to promote constructive dialogue among students on sensitive topics.