Authors

24 September, 2019

Kuyken

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, he examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is working on several books that introduce mindfulness as a mainstream approach to living with integrity, well-being and effectiveness. 

Willem has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications. These include studies demonstrating that Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is an effective approach to prevention of depression, an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). 

Willem is interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science. This led to the book, co-authored with Christina Feldman, Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. It was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “a tour de force … that elaborates in exquisite detail yet with utter accessibility and clarity what mindfulness is, where it comes from, its profound ethical foundation, its clinical applications, its growing evidence base, and its potential for healing.”

Another research focus is cognitive-behavioural therapy. He co-authored Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley (2009). This book was described by Aaron T. Beck as “setting a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.” His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Medical Research Council and British Academy.

Willem regularly gives keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including CBSMaccleansNew StatesmanLe Mondeder Zeit,  the Telegraphthe Guardian, the BBC and many others. I have authored blogs for the Oxford Mindfulness CentreNIHR Dissemination Centre and the Huffington Post. He work with a range of groups who are skilled in public engagement, including the National Mental ElfPresent Moment podcasts,  Voices from OxfordCatalyst  It Gets Brighter and science programmes such as Trust Me I’m a Doctor. 

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18 September, 2019

Hall

Julie L. Hall is a freelance journalist, educational writer, poet, and author whose work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Reuters, HuffPost, The Nation, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Threepenny Review, Psych Centraland numerous other publications and news outlets.

Her book The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free  (December 2019/Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group) grew out of years of research, writing and educating readers about narcissism and how it affects families. Internationally renowned narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) authority and clinical psychologist Elinor Greenberg calls it “brilliant, riveting, and amazingly thorough” and says, “I recommend this book to virtually everyone with an interest in narcissistic personality disorder, including psychotherapists.” The book evolved from Julie’s work as founder of The Narcissist Family Files, a leading international resource for narcissistic abuse trauma understanding and recovery. Julie’s research for the book included hundreds of in-depth interviews with survivors of narcissistic abuse and trauma, as well as practitioners who work in the field of narcissistic personality disorder trauma and related CPTSD treatment. Julie has been interviewed as an NPD trauma expert by HuffPost and Vogue/Goop, and she provides consulting/coaching in the area of narcissistic abuse trauma recovery, assisting clients around the world.

Previously, Julie served as Editor and head photographer of Inside Bainbridge, a key community news partner of The Seattle Times that was voted among the top five news blogs in Western Washington. She cofounded ProgressiveKid, a groundbreaking online ecostore with products sold in Whole Foods stores and plugged on Oprah. She has written numerous nonfiction books for children, including in 2007 A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About Itendorsed by the PEW Center on Global Climate Change, Washington governor Jay Inslee, the National Science Teachers Association, and climate change writer/activist Bill McKibben. As an educational writer and editor in the areas of literature, science, and social studies, she has worked for dozens of clients, including Glencoe McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, AC Nielsen, and Columbia University. Before launching her freelance career, Julie served as Writing Director at educational publishing company Proof Positive and before that as Editorial Director at Rand McNally. Her award-winning poems have been anthologized and appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She is a NOLS graduate and certified in wildlife rehabilitation.

Julie is happiest hanging out with her family, photographing wildlife, and riding her bike. She lives on an island near Seattle with a tight pack of rescued dogs, cats, and chickens. She is working on a memoir.

 


14 August, 2019

Zheutlin

Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.

He is the author of The New York Times best seller Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015), Rescued: What Second Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things (TarcherPerigee, October, 2017), and Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press, 2007).

His latest book is The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels with Albie: An American Journey (Pegasus Books, September, 2019), inspired by a re-reading of John Steinbeck’s beloved classic, Travels With Charley: In Search of America.

Mr. Zheutlin is also the co-author, with Thomas B. Graboys, M.D., of Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia (Union Square Press, 2008), with Robert P. Smith, of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (Amacom, 2009), and, with Judith Gelman, of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men (SmartPop/BenBella Books, 2011) and The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO’s Girls (SmartPop/BenBella, 2013).

For more, please visit www.peterzheutlin.com


7 June, 2019

Pearce

Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, health and wellness coach, and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has always been fascinated by what helps people cope with adversity and why some people thrive in adversity, while others do not. Her upcoming book, Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity (Ixia Press/Dover Publications/Fall 2020), is a profound guide to writing your way through the dark times in life. Drawing upon the growing body of research on post-traumatic growth, the book reveals how dealing with the challenges of loss, grief, and tragedy can be a catalyst for transformation. Using the metaphor of flowers that bloom in the night, Dr. Pearce shares her empirically-based principles, clinical expertise, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to provide hope and healing.

Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in CBT and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. She researches the relationship between religion/spirituality, coping, and health, as well as the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy. Her current research includes the development of Spiritually Integrative Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat moral injury and PSTD among Veterans and active duty military service members. She is the co-developer of the national online edX training program for mental health providers called Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health. Dr. Pearce is the author of the book Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical, Tool-Based Primer and co-author of Religion and Recovery from PTSD (to be released late 2019).

Dr. Pearce has a passion for the application of clinical research to improve patient care and quality of life. She is also committed to teaching and training students and health care professionals. She directs three graduate certificate programs: Aging and Applied Thanatology, Integrative Health and Wellness, and Science Communication, and teaches a number of graduate courses. Her areas of clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, spiritual and existential issues, positive psychology, mind-body stress reduction methods, and behavioral medicine to address the intersection of mental and physical illness.

Dr. Pearce has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has given numerous local and national speeches, and has received several honors in her field. These honors include an early career psychologist credentialing scholarship awarded by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; the Jack Shand Research Award granted by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for excellence in graduate research on the empirical study of religion; several awards from Yale University for distinguished academic achievement; and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship granted by the federal government of Canada.

In her free time, she loves to salsa dance, hike in the woods, and curl up with a good book.

Connect with Dr. Pearce at www.DrMichellePearce.com


21 February, 2019

Browne

Gay Browne is a Personal Environmental Health Advisor, Writer, and Founder of Greenopia: a comprehensive city guide of sustainable businesses to help consumers eat, shop, and live green.

Greenopia was launched in 2005 as a print series for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York and rapidly expanded nationwide through Greenopia.com. Greenopia.com and its accompanying mobile app will re-launch in First Quarter 2019.

Prior to her work with Greenopia, Gay enjoyed a successful 15-year career in advertising and public relations. Gay is a contributing editor to The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. She served on boards and is involved with multiple environmental and humanitarian non-profits and is working on her first book. She has a deep personal commitment to personal environmental health and helping people lead toxic-free lives.

In her spare time, Gay enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, art restoration, and her three children.

LIVING WITH A GREEN HEART:  How to Keep Your Body, Your Home, and the Planet Healthy in a Toxic World (Citadel Press/Kensington, March 2019) is her first book.


4 February, 2019

Payton

Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy. As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who

works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats.
Theresa began her career in financial services, where she coupled her deep understanding of technology systems with visionary leadership, executing complex IT strategies and winning new business. Following executive roles Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush and his staff.

In 2015 Theresa was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the author of several publications on IT strategy and cybersecurity and a frequent speaker on IT risk. In 2014 she co-authored, with Ted Claypoole, the book Privacy in the Age of Big Data​: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family (Rowman), which was subsequently featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart. In 2016, her book Protecting Your Internet Identity, 2nd edition, was released by Rowman.

Among her numerous accolades and recognitions, Theresa was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire. In 2005 she was honored as Charlotte, NC’s Woman of the Year.


18 January, 2019

Roberts

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Global News and the CBC. She is the author of two best-selling and award-winning series of children’s books. “Just Enough” explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3-6, while “The World Around Us” introduces kids ages 5-8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She is also the author of “Kids, Sex & Screens: Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age”, a book for parents seeking to help their preteens navigate our hypersexualized world.

In 2017, Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks, a social impact company that creates mental wellness products and services for families and businesses. To learn more, please visit www.familysparks.com or @thefamilysparks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dr. Roberts resides in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her husband Stephen and their three children.

 


26 November, 2018

Valerie

Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the idyllic Village of Primm  Her first novel, HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST, was sold to Lake Union, a commercial women’s fiction imprint of Amazon publishing as part of a 2-book deal and will be published in early Fall 2019.

Julie serves on the board of directors for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiency in the Chicago Manual of Style. She is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge, providing 2,000+ writers an enriching environment to pen 85,000 words in 90 days, supported by a 12-month calendar that lends structure to the practice of productive writing.

Writing amid the mayhem and merriment of her motley crew, Julie lives and writes in Virginia, is married to her college sweetheart, has four children (two girls, two boys) and two English Labradors (one yellow, one chocolate). With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Connect with Julie:

Website: https://www.julievalerie.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/julie_valerie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieValerieAuthor


20 November, 2018

Sandenbergh

Roberta Sandenbergh is a retired architect who worked in New York and South Africa and author of SMALL SPACE LIVING: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home which introduces readers to the space-expanding concept of “Space Opportunities” that allow you to make the most of neglected spaces in your home.  It won both an Independent Publishers Association Medal and a Nautilus Book Award.

Born in Brooklyn (née Stoller), Roberta went to Vassar College, graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture (as Roberta Bocian) and studied Urban Design at the University of Witwatersrand.

After marrying John Sandenbergh, a South African architect, Roberta spent most of her adult life in his country, where she specialized in residential design. One of her projects won the annual Johannesburg Civic Award and two were featured in local magazines, Garden & Home and Habitat.

Her career took a detour when she became a beta tester for AutoCAD (Computer-Aided-Design) and was given rights to the program through a network of dealers and training centers. She travelled throughout the African continent, giving lectures and demonstrations.

Roberta is known for her illustrated columns on ‘Space Saving Ideas’. They have appeared in the Washington Post (the ‘Design Notebook’ series), the San Francisco Chronicle and the Johannesburg Star. She has also written articles about space saving for SA City Life Magazine and The Home Handyman.

After living on 11 acres in South Africa, Roberta was delighted to downsize to a 500 sq. ft. studio apartment in Manhattan. She loves its coziness and efficiency, and is obsessed with maximizing her living space. She says: “I often waste time and sometimes waste money. But I hate to waste space.”

Learn more about Roberta and her Small-Space living ideas at her website and her popular Small_Space_Architect Instagram


9 November, 2018

Burger

ARIEL BURGER is a writer, artist, teacher, and rabbi whose work combines spirituality, creativity, and strategies for social change. A lifelong student of Elie Wiesel, he spent years studying the great wisdom traditions, and now applies those teachings to urgent contemporary questions. When Ariel’s not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

WITNESS:  Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018) is his first book.

Ariel’s Story–in his own words

When I was 17, I embarked on a spiritual quest that brought me to many teachers. Of all my teachers, Elie Wiesel was the greatest. To tell you who I am is impossible without including the influence this man has had on me.

I grew up in New York City, an artsy kid in an ultra-Orthodox elementary school, with a blind sister and divorced parents who held very different views on life. My quest for meaning and integration, a way to bring together all the elements of my life into a whole, led me to study for seven years in the closest thing to a monastery Judaism offers. I became a rabbi, wrote hundreds of songs and played guitar at Carnegie Hall with Richie Havens, exhibited art in galleries, danced with thousands of Breslover Hasidim at their annual pilgrimage in Ukraine, participated in dialogue groups between Jews, Muslim, and Christians, got married and had four children, got a PhD in religion and conflict transformation, illustrated folktales, became a teacher, worked as an executive at a non-profit for six years, taught, lectured, led workshops on leadership and Design Thinking, and began using storytelling to connect people across communities.

I questioned everything in search of an answer, but it wasn’t until I met Professor Wiesel that I realized that questioning is the answer. He helped guide me to where I am today –  a teacher, artist, speaker, spiritual healer, and now the author of a memoir of the time we spent together.

At a moment when the loss of civility is eroding human connection, I draw on my teachers’ lives and wisdom to help promote civility and kindness. My mission is to help counter superficiality with nuance, to replace estrangement with encounter, and to empower people to be creative and kind citizens of the world. I do this through teaching, storytelling, art- and music-making, writing, coaching, and consulting.

For more about Ariel Burger:  www.arielburger.com