MICHAEL VENTURA, PHD
Michael Ventura's biweekly column appears in the Austin Chronicle.
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
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 three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting form the Inside Out
(with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times
bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child
(with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline
(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. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit:
Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He 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 has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
ROBERT SCAER, MD
Robert Scaer received his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.D. degree at the University of Rochester. He is Board Certified in Neurology, and has been in practice for 39 years, twenty of those as Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mapleton Center in Boulder, Colorado. His primary areas of interest and expertise have been in the fields of brain injury and chronic pain and, more recently, in the study of traumatic stress and its role in all mental illness, as well as in physical symptoms and many chronic diseases. He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has published several articles on the whiplash syndrome and other somatic syndromes of traumatic stress. His first book, The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, presents a new theory of dissociation and its role in many diseases. A second book, The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Healing, released in 2005, explores the insidious spectrum of culturally-based trauma that shapes our lives, and how transformation and healing may still take place. He is currently retired from clinical medical practice, and continues to pursue a career in writing and lecturing.
REID WILSON, PH.D.
Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, now in its third edition (Collins Living) and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADDAA), is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam) and is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier.
Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for 12 years. He served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. His free self-help website - www.anxieties.com serves 385,000 visitors (16 million hits) per year. Reid is a member of the 2003 Vanguard (first) Class of Certified Graduates of Dr. Martin Seligman's Authentic Happiness Coaching Program. He's been teaching about positive psychology principles since then. Television appearances include Oprah, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial Network and various local news shows across the nation. He recently served as psychologist in an episode of A & E' s Hoarders.
DOUGLAS FLEMONS, PHD, LMFT
Douglas Flemons, Ph.D., is professor of family therapy and co-director of the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention at Nova Southeastern University. He's the coauthor of Relational Suicide Assessment, coeditor of Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy, and author of Of One Mind: Writing Between the Lines.
STEVEN HAYES, PH.D.
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is the developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), best-selling author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life and Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 32 books and over 400 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering, and has developed ACT as a way of correcting these processes. Dr. Hayes has been president of several scientific societies and has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
His popular book Get Out Of Your Mind and Into Your Life was featured in Time magazine among several other major media outlets, and for a time was the number one best-selling self-help book in the United States. Dr. Hayes and the book were also part of the inspiration behind the Guy Ritchie movie Revolver (2005).
Dr. Hayes speaks internationally on acceptance and mindfulness and is one of the world's most influential clinical psychologists. His seminars are captivating, motivating and inspiring. Learning ACT will change your clinical work and your life.