SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL

 

Dr. Gary Elkins, Ph.D

Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Ph.D

Dr. Christopher Frueh

Vice Chair

Dr. Bret Moore

Dr. John Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Charlie Reeve, Ph.D

Dr. Kanako Taku, Ph.D.

Distinguished Chair

Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Dr. Judah Viola, Ph.D.

Dr. Gary Elkins, Ph.D

Dr. Gary Elkins’ areas of specialization are clinical psychology, health psychology, and hypnotherapy. He is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also board certified in Psychological Hypnosis by the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis (ABPH). He has served as the President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is the president-elect of Division 30 (Society for Psychological Hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of the book, Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: Principles and Applications. In the past, Dr. Elkins served on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. Elkins hobbies includes fly fishing and exercise.

Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Ph.D

Jane Shakespeare-Finch, PhD, is Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling at QUT. Jane’s primary area of teaching is trauma and her primary area of research is in posttraumatic growth.  Starting her research with emergency service personnel more than 20 years ago, Jane continues to work with emergency services in the promotion of positive post-trauma outcomes and has also investigated the construct of trauma, post-trauma adaptation and posttraumatic growth in other populations including survivors of sexual assault, natural disasters, bereavement, and people from a refugee background. The most recent research Jane is leading is in transdisciplinary teams and involves looking at a range of post-trauma outcomes using epigenetics, EEG, and eye tracking methods. Recent projects also include working with the Queensland Corrective Services, the Australian Federal Police, and the Office of Justice and Attorney General. Jane is Immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is on the editorial board of two international journals, and is an international affiliate of the American Psychological Association’s trauma division. Jane has enjoyed supervising approximately 70 post-graduate student research projects and has published approximately 120 peer-reviewed works.

Dr. Christopher Frueh

B. Christopher Frueh, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX; and Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry in Neurosurgery, Houston Methodist Academic Institute.  He is also a speaker and contributor to the Talent War Group, and a Performance Specialist with Gray Ghost Solutions – a Houston-based group that provides private and government sector solutions to include medical and security concerns.  He has thirty years of professional experience working with military veterans and active-duty personnel, and has conducted clinical trials, epidemiology, historical, and neuroscience research, primarily with psychiatric patients, prisoners, and combat veterans.  He has co-authored over 300 scientific publications (h-Index = 83; total scientific citations > 20,000), including a current graduate textbook on adult psychopathology.  Professionally, he has worked with combat veterans since 1991.  More recently he has devoted much of his time to the Quick Reaction Foundation (QRF) in Houston, the Medical Advisory Committee, PTSD Foundation of America, SEAL Future Foundation, and to the military special operations community.

He has consulted to US Congress, Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, US State Department, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He has also published commentaries in the National Review, Huffington Post, New York Times, Time and Washington Post; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Washington Post, Scientific American, Stars and Stripes, USA Today, Men’s Health, and Los Angeles Times, among others.

Vice Chair

Dr. Bret Moore

Dr. Bret A. Moore is a prescribing psychologist and board-certified clinical psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. He is a former active duty Army psychologist and two-tour veteran of Iraq. He is the author and editor of 22 books including Transformed by Trauma, Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook, The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook, Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life after Deployment, and Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Overcoming Worry, Stress, and Fear. He has written over 200 book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and popular press articles to include features for Scientific American Mind, The New Republic, and Military Times.

Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Psychological Association. He is the recipient of the Charles S. Gersoni and Arthur W. Melton awards in military psychology from Division 19 (Society for Military Psychology), the Peter J. N. Linnerooth National Service, and Early Career Achievement awards in Public Service Psychology from Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) and Educator of the Year from Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy) of the American Psychological Association.

His views on clinical and military psychology have been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Boston Globe, and on CNN and Fox News. He has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and CBC.

Dr. John Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP

An internationally recognized expert on behavior change and psychotherapy, John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist.  Author of more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross has co-written or edited 22 books, most of them in multiple editions. These include the 5-volume APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration, Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Behavioral Health, Self-Help that Works, Leaving It at the Office: Psychotherapist Self-Care, the Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, and Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, now in its 9th edition.  He also published the acclaimed self-help books, Changeology and Changing for Good (with Prochaska & DiClemente). Dr. Norcross has been elected president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, the International Society of Clinical Psychology, and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as on APA’s governing Council of Representatives. Dr. Norcross edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for a decade and has been on the editorial boards of a dozen journals. Dr. Norcross has also served as a clinical and research consultant to a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies. A Fellow of 10 professional associations, he has been honored with APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award, the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, the Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice.  His work has been featured in hundreds of media interviews, and he has appeared dozens of times on national television shows, such as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America.  An engaging teacher and clinician, John has conducted workshops and lectures in 40 countries.

Dr. Charlie Reeve, Ph.D

Dr. Reeve holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota (1997) and an M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. His expertise is in quantitative methodology and analyses, measurement, and individual differences. To date, he authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, and has provided scientific consulting for several organizations including the Canadian Department of National Defence, Educational Testing Services, Human Resources Research Organization, United States Army, among others.

Dr. Reeve regularly serves as a reviewer for several major journals, and is or has been an editorial board member for Intelligence, Journal of General Psychology,

and Journal of Management, and Personality and Individual Differences.

Dr. Kanako Taku, Ph.D.

Dr. Kanako Taku is Professor of the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Free-Form Posttraumatic Growth (FF-PTG) lab at Oakland University, Michigan, where she mentors undergraduate and graduate students who study human experiences of transformative changes in emotions, personality traits, mood, social attitudes, and cognitive judgments. She has conducted a series of cross-national research on how people may change psychologically, cognitively, socially, and spiritually while struggling with highly stressful life crises.

She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and published books in both Japan and the US. Dr. Taku has been an editorial board member for the Journal of Loss and Trauma and Personality and Individual Differences. As a clinical psychologist certified in Japan, she has implemented psycho-educational programs focusing on PTG. She also serves as the board member of the Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation.

Distinguished Chair

Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Professor Emeritus at UNC Charlotte. He was on the core faculty for 42 years, and retired in June 2018. Dr. Tedeschi has published numerous articles and books on the concept of posttraumatic growth that he helped to develop. He serves as media consultant on trauma for the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology and has provided presentations and training on trauma for the U.S. Army, and many professional organizations, clinics, and educational institutions.

Dr. Judah Viola, Ph.D.

Judah Viola, PhD is a Community Psychologist and expert program evaluator who has conducted projects with local and national nonprofits, government agencies, school systems, museums, arts institutions, and universities for the past 18 years. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at National Louis University in Chicago, where he has taught statistics, research methods, and program evaluation courses. His published writing has included journal articles, book chapters and edited books related to program evaluation (e.g., Consulting and Evaluation with Nonprofit and Community-Based Organizations).

Viola also co-chairs the Research and Evaluation Interest Group for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. He is an engaged leader in the profession of program evaluation through service in associations such as the Chicagoland Evaluation Association, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association, as well as the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association).