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JoAnn Deak Ph.D.

Dr. Deak has spent more than 20 years as an educator and psychologist. The latter half of that period has focused on working with parents and teachers in their roles as guides for children. On her Web site is a quote that best describes her perspective: "Every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become." Dr. Deak began her career as a teacher. She soon learned the complexity of dealing with the many brain and motivational...

Randy Buckner Ph.D.

Dr. Buckner is a Professor of Psychology, Principal Investigator of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, and a member of the Center for Brain Science. His research applies neuroimaging techniques to explore brain areas involved in human memory. He focuses on three questions. The first concerns the formation and retrieval of memories. The second asks how the human brain codes the remnants (the echo) of a memory while it is being remembered. Sounds and visual images can be remembered from the past, often quite vividly. But...

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research and her teaching have been recognized with numerous honors. Her work is cited widely and she is regularly invited to give keynote addresses nationally and internationally. Dr. Fredrickson fundamentally studies...

Senia Maymin, MAPP

Senia Maymin is a Ph.D. candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and studies how people can make lasting change and create new habits. Senia Maymin is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of PositivePsychologyNews.com (PPND), a daily news site of research-based happiness with over 60 authors and in four languages.  When people want to learn the latest in cutting-edge research related to happiness, success, and productivity, they go to PositivePsychologyNews.com. Senia Maymin is an executive coach and runs the PPND coaches network: PositivePsychologyNews.com/coaching. Senia Maymin has...

John Norcross, Ph.D.

Dr. Norcross is a Professor of Psychology and a Distinguished University Fellow. He conducts research on self-help resources and psychotherapy. The central goal of his work is to understand how people change their behavior with and without professional treatment. That research also entails understanding which self-help and psychotherapy methods do not work – that is, ineffective or discredited practices. Dr. Norcross trained at Rutgers University, University of Rhode Island, and Brown University School of Medicine. He has published more than 300 articles and 17 books,...

James Pennebaker Ph.D.

Most of Dr. Pennebaker’s current research deals with the nature of language and social processes. Beginning over 20 years ago, he discovered that if people were asked to write about emotional upheavals in their lives, their physical and mental health improved. This resulted in a separate research project that explored how words can both reflect and influence underlying feelings, thoughts, personality, and behavioral tendencies. In the last few years, Dr. Pennebaker and his students have developed a text analysis program, LIWC, that has allowed them...

Ann Masten, Ph.D.

Dr. Masten is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Psychology and the Director of Project Competence. She studies risk and resilience in development, with a focus on the processes leading to positive adaptation and outcomes in young people whose development is threatened by adversity. She has studied adaptation in diverse children, adolescents, and young adults, including children who have grown up in ordinary situations in the city or on farms, and children who must overcome extreme threats to development, such as war, disaster,...

Dennis Charney, M.D.

Dr. Charney is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Charney retains an active research program and is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has pioneered research related to the psychobiological mechanisms of depression, anxiety, and human resilience to stress, and the discovery of novel...

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