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Coordinators and Speakers

Meet Our Panel of Experts


Amy Banks, MD, is director of advanced training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI); a founding member of Relationships First; and a pioneer in the field of the Neurobiology of Relationship.

Medria Connolly, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in her Private Practice in Santa Monica, CA.

Louis Cozolino, PhD, is professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University, and author of The Neuroscience of Education, Optimizing Attachment and Learning in the Classroom.

Vittorio Gallese, MD, is a trained neurologist, and a professor of Physiology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Parma, Italy.

Paul Raymond Gilbert is a clinical psychologist, founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT); and he is the author of books such as The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges and Overcoming Depression.

Shelly Harrell, PhD, is a full professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and a visiting professor at UCLA, with a focus on the role of culture and context in the psychological well-being of diverse populations. She is recently published in the area of culture and wellness, psychotherapy supervision and race, and positive psychology in the context of culture and gender. Harrell maintains a private psychotherapy practice.

Lawrence E. Hedges, PhD, PsyD, ABPP, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst with a private practice in Orange, California. He specializes in the training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, and is director of the Listening Perspectives Study Center. He is founding director of the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Tustin, California where he is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. He has been awarded honorary membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association; and he is author of numerous papers and books.

Melvin (Mel) Konner, MD, PhD, Harvard; teaches anthropology and behavioral biology at Emory University. Konner performed field research for two years among Kung San (Bushman) hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari in Botswana. He is the author of eleven books and many other publications, both academic and general. He has testified twice at U.S. Senate hearings related to health care.

Robert Lemelson, PhD, is a research anthropologist in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA, and adjunct professor of Anthropology at UCLA. He is founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports research and training in the social- and neurosciences. He is also founder of Elemental Productions, a documentary film company. He has directed and produced over a dozen ethnographic films related to culture, psychology and personal experience. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals and books.

Steven R. Lopez, PhD, is director of Clinical Training at USC’s Clinical Psychology program; and he is one of the five science editors for the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity. His research focuses upon culture, serious mental illness, families, and intervention and has a private clinical practice.

Darcia Narvaez, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her research explores questions of moral cognition and moral development over a lifespan in multiple contexts (e.g., family, school, how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults).  She is the author of several books, executive editor of The Journal of Moral Education and writes a blog for Psychology Today called “Moral Landscapes.”

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the founder and educational director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic-cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer. He is also the first author of the groundbreaking books, Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment, published in 2015.

Allan Schore, PhD, is an associate clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is author of Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self.

Daniel J Siegel, MD, is executive director of the Mindsight Institute and founding co-director of the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center.

Marion Solomon, PhD, is director of clinical training at the Lifespan Learning Institute. In private practice she focuses on individuals, couples, and group psychotherapy. She is author of Narcissism and Intimacy and Lean on Me; co-author of Love and War in Intimate Relationships; and co-editor of The Healing Power of Emotion and Countertransference in Couples Therapy.

David Spiegel, MD, is a Willson professor and associate chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Stephen J. Suomi, PhD, is chief of the Laboratory of Comparative Ethology in NICHD. He holds research professorships at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Marion F. Solomon
Marion F. Solomon, PhD, Director of Clinical Training at the Lifespan Learning Institute; private practice working with individuals, couples and group psychotherapy; author, Narcissism and Intimacy, Lean on Me; Co-Author, Love and War in Intimate Relationships, Co-Editor, The Healing Power of Emotion; Countertransference in Couples Therapy
Bonnie Goldstein
Bonnie Goldstein, PhD, Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work; Psychology Consultant, Lifespan Learning Institute; author, I’ll Know What to Do; Co-Editor, Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Vol. I & II
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