Advisors & Contributors
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Stephanie Cacioppo, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo (née Ortigue) is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging (HPEN) Laboratory at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences. Her research program intersects the areas of medical neuroscience, social neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. Combining different high-performance brain imaging techniques with psychophysics, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo focuses on elucidating how and when the mirror neuron system (a network that is activated when you move and also when you watch someone performing a similar action) contributes to successful interpersonal relationships and creativity.
Understanding how and when the deeply rooted brain dynamics vary as a function of how one feels toward (and thinks about) themselves and others may provide critical insights on one’s mental health, creativity and life satisfaction, and may promote the development of interventions for neuropsychiatric and neurologic patients. Dr. Cacioppo served on several boards and committees, including the Society for Social Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and NeuroImage. She co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and one book on the neuropsychology of painting and the impact of brain lesions on creativity and artistic styles. Using testimonials, clinical documents and graphics productions gathered around painters or creative minds affected by brain injuries (e.g., Lovis Corinth, Pierre Ambrogiani, Anton Räderscheidt, or even Federico Fellini) and analysis of their works before and after accident, the book unfold the map of the cognitive mechanisms involved in the practice of painting, and more broadly, in the perception and representation of the world around us.
Kathleen Harris, Vice President, Benefits, Time Warner Inc.
Kathleen Harris is Vice President of Benefits for Time Warner Inc. She was elevated to this role in 2011 and is responsible for defining the Company’s benefits strategy, maximizing the return on the Company’s rewards programs, and creating and executing innovative campaigns to inform employees about the benefit programs.
In her role, Harris has streamlined health and welfare and retirement benefits globally across every business of the Company. In addition to being responsible for the Time Warner’s benefit plans, Harris is also responsible for managing leading edge wellness and care management programs that provide support to Time Warner employees with complex, acute and chronic conditions. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Business Group on Health.
Prior to joining Time Warner in 2006, Harris spent four years as a Senior Consultant and Client Delivery Lead of the Group and Healthcare Practice at benefits consulting firm Watson Wyatt where she was responsible for identifying consulting opportunities for Fortune 500 clients and building strategic HR solutions that met both their business and human capital needs. Previously, Harris did similar work as a Health and Welfare Consultant at Towers Perrin.
Harris holds a B.S degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and an M.P.H. from Yale University’s School of Public Health.
Edward Hirsch, President, Guggenheim Foundation
Edward Hirsch was born in Chicago in 1950, and has had a lifelong devotion to poetry. Hirsch has published eight collections of poems since 1981, as well as five books of prose. He has also edited numerous poetry anthologies. For his work, Hirsch has received such distinguished awards as a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award.
Hirsch is the President of the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches in the English Department at Wayne State University, and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University
Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s program of research takes an interdisciplinary and multi-level approach to understanding the associations between social relationships and long-term health outcomes, factors that may moderate the association, and the biological (autonomic, neuroendocrine, gene) pathways by which these associations occur. She has also recently begun work that examines how social relationships may be utilized in interventions to potentially reduce risk. She has been awarded the George A. Miller Award from the American Psychological Association, the Citation Award for Excellence in Research by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and has received considerable international media attention for her research. She is a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, European Health Psychology Society, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association (div 1, 8, 38), and is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.
Lewis Kaziz, Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Dr. Kazis is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices (CAPP) at the Boston University School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Program at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Bedford VA Medical Center. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard University School of Public Health in 1980. Dr. Kazis joined the Veterans Health Administration in 1992 where he was recipient of the prestigious Research Career Scientist Award from the VA for almost a decade. Dr. Kazis has also been a special consultant to the Office of Quality and Performance in the VA where he was previously director of Functional Status for the Veterans Health Administration and principal investigator of the well known Veterans Health Study. He is the developer of the Veterans RAND 36 and 12 item health surveys (VR-36 and VR-12), formerly called the Veterans SF-36 and SF-12 (SF-36V and SF-12V) and developed from the MOS SF-36. From 1996 to 2007, close to four million administrations of these surveys has occurred both inside and outside the VA for purposes of monitoring patient outcomes of care. The VR-12 has now been adopted by the Veterans Health Administration for quality improvement purposes and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS) as part of its’ national Health Outcomes Survey (HOS) for evaluating the Medicare Advantage Program. The VR-12 was included in 2006 as one of the HEDIS measures by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Dr. Kazis’ research team was the recipient of the esteemed Peter Reizenstein Prize for the best paper published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care in 2006.
Ji Lee, Creative Director, Facebook
Ji Lee is a creative director at Facebook. Formerly a creative director at Google, Lee is also an independent artist, teacher, author of three books and frequent contributor for the New York Times.
Lee is passionate about personal projects and he has been giving lectures and workshops around the world on the theme of “Transformational Power of Personal Projects.” Lee was listed as one of 50 most important designers by Fast Company in 2011. His work has appeared in Time magazine, Wired, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC World News among others. To learn more ab out Lee’s work, please visit pleaseenjoy.com.
Tali Lennox, artist, model, actress
Tali Lennox is a British model, artist, and actress, who used to has worked for retailers Topshop and Burberry. In 2014, she reduced attention on her modeling career to focus more on her work as a portrait painter. She is the daughter of singer Annie Lennox.
Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
With more than 40 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.
In 1996, Mr. Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 30 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.
During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.
Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy. This has been done through its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, and the latest study measuring the arts in communities, The National Arts Index. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative value of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military.
Mr. Lynch currently serves on the boards of the Independent Sector, the Arts Extension Institute, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean’s Council. He is currently serving a second term on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for the third consecutive year.
Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and plays the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.
Charles Marmar, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center
A leading expert on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Charles Marmar, MD, is the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical center. He previously served as the vice chair of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he was associate chief of staff for mental health and director of the center’s Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Program. Dr. Marmar’s wide-ranging research on PTSD has included investigations into the link between the disorder and changes in brain function and anatomy, identification of risk factors, and studies of prevalence in different populations, including combat veterans, law enforcement officers, rape survivors, political refugees, and earthquake victims. He was one of the principal investigators for the National Vietnam Veterans’ Readjustment Study, the first systematic exploration of PTSD among Vietnam veterans. He is currently principal investigator on over a half-dozen PTSD-related research projects, including a recent $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop biomarkers of PTSD for use in diagnosing and treating troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his many academic publications, Dr. Marmar has contributed to numerous textbooks on the psychiatric effects of traumatic stress and also maintains a clinical practice focused on trauma and grief counseling. After receiving his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, Dr. Marmar completed his residency training in psychiatry and neuropharmacology at the University of Toronto, and in traumatic stress and grief at UCSF, where he joined the faculty in 1978. He is past president of both the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Maya Pattison, public relations professional
Maya is a dedicated and passionate public relations professional who has earned a reputation for being a PR MacGyver. She has helped countless brands elevate their media exposure and drive brand recognition and sales initiatives through creative campaigns, targeted messaging and a deep understanding of today’s complex media landscape. Weaving together local, national and vertical coverage, Maya creates campaigns that break through the clutter and resonate with core audiences, ultimately driving forward companies’ objectives and increasing ROI.
Maya’s passion for storytelling extends beyond the PR landscape into the creative realm. When not working, you can often find her exploring her creative side through cooking, abstract art and photography.
Eileen Rockefeller, author, public speaker, and venture philanthropist
In 1983, Rockefeller founded the Institute for the Advancement of Health, which she founded in order to bring awareness and credibility to mind/body health at a time when it was not widely accepted by medical professionals. Through that work she discovered that, regardless of illness or condition, “community is essential.”
In 2013, she published her memoirs, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, in which she reflects upon how her intuitive understanding as a child that mood and social situation impacted her physical health fed her drive to better understand that connection later in life. Eileen Rockefeller is widely credited with bringing social and emotional health to national and medical attention, and remains an active advocate for its utilization.
Kristin Russell, Physician/Entrepreneur
Dr. Russell is a physician/entrepreneur with two decades of clinical experience in mental health.
She is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital where she provides clinical care to
adults and children with behavioral health issues and a faculty member at Harvard Medical
School where she teaches medical students, trainees, and other health professionals topics
ranging from pediatric psychopharmacology to the business of behavioral healthcare.
In addition to her clinical and academic roles, Dr. Russell has held leadership positions at
several digital health companies. She co-founded a software company focused on
pharmacovigilance which had a successful exit and is now part of Oracle. She served as Chief
Medical Officer of a startup focused on college mental health where she led the product
development team to create a behavioral health infrastructure for colleges and universities
designed to increase student access to care. Dr. Russell advises student entrepreneurs seeking
to transform behavioral healthcare delivery at several university entrepreneurship programs
including MIT and Harvard.
Dr. Russell received her B.A. from Harvard, her M.D. from Columbia, and her M.B.A. from
MIT/Sloan where she was awarded the Sloan Leadership Fellowship. She completed her
residency and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School hospitals and is board-certified in
both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry.
Joshua M. Smyth, Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and of Medicine, Penn State
Dr. Joshua Smyth is a Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University and Hershey Medical Center. He also serves as Associate Director of Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). He is a researcher, teacher, writer and mentor.
Most broadly, Dr. Smyth’s research reflects the application of the biopsychosocial model to meaningful health-related processes, contexts, and outcomes. Three primary areas and the integration between them comprise the bulk of his research program. These include: (1) What are the effects of experiencing stress or trauma on psychological and physical well-being and how can such effects be observed? (2) Can stress, affect, and health be assessed in a manner that permits the understanding of biopsychosocial processes in real time and in context? And (3) Can psychological interventions improve health and well-being, both in healthy individuals and individuals with existing physical or psychiatric illness?
Having published over 200 articles and chapters in both medical and psychological journals and books, Dr. Smyth has made important contributions to the understanding of stress and coping, mind-body medicine, emotions, psychological interventions, pain, immune disorders, chronic illness, eating behaviors, and ambulatory naturalistic monitoring. His recent book with James Pennebaker, Opening Up by Writing It Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain (2016, Guildford), explores how creative and emotional expression through writing can improve health. He has served as an editorial referee for more than three dozen journals and is an active member of the American Psychosomatic Society, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Ambulatory Assessment. Dr. Smyth has shared his research in interviews with ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, PBS, Newsweek, Time and the New York Times, among many others. Finally, he is an active and engaged teacher, and has received numerous accolades and awards for teaching and mentoring of students and trainees.
Dr. Smyth received his Ph.D. in Health and Social Psychology from Stony Brook University and his B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College.
Jennifer Weiss, Nonprofit Public Health Consultant and Author
Jennifer Weiss has been in the field of public health for over 20 years. Currently she consults for New York-based nonprofits on public health policy, advocacy and education, and has worked on projects relating to workplace wellness, palliative care, chronic disease management, health literacy, behavioral health, and nutrition. She most recently served as director of programs for the Foundation for Art & Healing. In addition to her public health work, Jennifer is an entrepreneur and a writer. She co-founded a company specializing in activist clothing for children and is in the development stages of a new kids’ product line, and is the co-author of two non-fiction books, a book of humor, and several articles and opinion pieces for newspapers around the country. Jennifer currently sits on the boards of two organizations serving New York City public school students: Meet the Writers, Inc, a literacy organization for elementary and middle school students, and the Urban Memory Project, which works with students to explore the relationship between their personal histories and the history of the city. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and has a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.