Carol D. Ryff is Director of the Institute on Aging and Hilldale Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her model of psychological well-being has been translated to 40 languages and is used across diverse scientific fields (1,000+ publications have used her scales). Dr. Ryff studies how psychological well-being varies by age, educational status and cultural context as well as by the challenges and transitions of adult life. Whether well-being is protective of good physical health is a major interest, with numerous findings linking different aspects of well-being to morbidity and mortality, along with diverse biomarkers (neuroendocrine, immune, cardiovascular) and neural circuitry. A guiding theme is resilience – how some are able to maintain, or regain, well-being in the face of adversity and what neurobiology underlies this capacity. Dr. Ryff currently directs the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) longitudinal study, which has become a major forum for studying health and well-beingas an integrated biopsychosocial process. She also directed MIDJA (Midlife in Japan), for which she received an NIH Merit Award.
Sam Vaknin is Visiting Professor of Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia and Professor of Finance and Psychology in CIAPS (Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies). Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited and other books about personality disorders. His work is cited in hundreds of books and dozens of academic papers. He spent the past 6 years developing Cold Therapy: a treatment modality for Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Over the years, with dozens of volunteers, he found that it was effective with clients suffering from a major depressive episode as well. To learn more please visit- http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com/mediakit.html
Dr.RajendraD. Badgaiyan, MD,is the Chief of Psychiatry at South Texas Veterans Health Care System San Antonio, Texas, andProfessor of Psychiatry at Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health, San Antonio, Texas.Dr Badgaiyanwent to medical school in Bhopal, India and trained in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging in the laboratories of Michael Posner (Oregon), Daniel Schacter (Harvard), BJ Casey (Pittsburgh), and Alan Fischman (Harvard Medical School). He completed psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School and was a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was in the faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo and University of Minnesota at Minneapolis as a tenured Professor. He also served as the Chairman of Psychiatry Department and Professor of Psychiatry ina hospital affiliated to Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, New York. Dr Badgaiyan developed a neurotransmitter imaging technique calledthe single scan dynamic molecular imagingtechnique (SDMIT)or neurotransmitter imaging technique to detect, map, and measure neurotransmitters released acutely in the live human brain. Using this technique, he studies dopaminergic control of human cognition and behavior. He has received several prizes and awards including the prestigious Solomon Prize of Harvard Medical School and BK Anand National Research Prize in India. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Dana Foundation and other agencies. Dr Badgaiyan has published over 200 research papers, book chapters and a book titled ‘Neuroscience of the Nonconscious Mind’(Elsevier/Academic Press).
Old age is associated with an enhanced susceptibility to systemic vascular disorders like stroke and poor recovery from brain injuries.Therefore, the aim of Prof. Popa-Wagner’s group is to unravel cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying aging progression and its significance for brain diseases. His group has a long-standing interest in molecular mechanisms of brain remodeling in the aged rat brain. Recently Prof. Popa-Wagner became interested in systemic aging by aiming to model gene regulatory networks for regenerative processes after brain injury in aged animals. Another avenue of recent research iscellular therapy of stroke by using bone marrow-derive mesenchymal and mononuclear cells. Dr. Popa-Wagner received his PhD in biochemistry at Institute of Biochemistry, University of Karlsruhe, Germany followed by postdoctoral training at Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center,University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. Subsequently, DR. Popa-Wagner held tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Medicine Erlangen, Germany and Associate Professor at the Department of Neurology, Medical University, Greifswald, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald. In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Experimental Neurology at the Clinic of Neurology, Medical University, Greifswald, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University and Greifswald. Since 1998 he has been appointed Professor of Biochemistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania. In 2012, he joined the Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Rostock, Germany. From 2017 he joined the Chair of Vascular Neurology and Dementia at the Clinic of Neurology, Medical University, Essen, Germany.
Ana Paula Mendes Correia Couceiro Figueira is assisting Professor of tenure (indefinitely), University of Coimbra, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences with PhD, MSc and BSc in Psychology from the University of Coimbra, specialization Psychology of Education. Still has the Course of Childhood Educators, by Nomal School of Early Childhood Educators of Coimbra. Research interests: Psychology of Education, with a focus on assessment and intervention with children and adolescents, in their different developmental domains, and their contexts. Cash is a member of the Order of Psychologists Portuguese, with Certificate No. 12451.
The scientific field of Dr. Ivan A. Khvatov is comparative psychology and evolutionary psychology. Ivan A. Khvatov received his PhD in psychology at Moscow University for the Humanities (The dissertation "Features of self-reflection in animals at different stages of phylogenesis"). Since 2016 he heads the Biopsychological Research and Education Center of the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis. Scientific group of Dr. Ivan K. Khvatov I.A. studies the problems of the genesis and evolution of cognitive processes in animals, as well as the problem of the evolutionary origin of human consciousness. Ivan K. Khvatov conducted the experimental studies on animals of various systematic groups (from arthropods to primates). Dr. Ivan Khvatov developed the original experimental technique for studying the phenomenon of body awareness in various animal species.