Invited Speakers for the World Conference 17

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Plenary Speakers

Thursday Morning (9:00-10:15)

Frank Bond, Ph.D., Goldsmiths, University of London

Frank W. Bond, PhD is Professor of Psychology and Management at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Director of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS).

Jonathan R. Dowling, Ph.D., Goldsmiths, University of London

Jonathan R. Dowling, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research fellow with Professor Frank Bond at Goldsmiths, University of London.

They will be giving the following presentation: ALIVE and Thriving: The Evolution of CBS in Theory and Practice.

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Thursday Evening (17:00-18:00)

Stefan Hofmann, Ph.D., Boston University 

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, where he is the Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory. He will be giving the following presentation: An Individual Complex Network Approach to Intervention Science.

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Friday Morning (9:00-10:15)

Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., University of Stirling

Christine Caldwell is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Stirling. A psychologist by training, with a PhD in primatology, Caldwell’s current work incorporates methods from comparative, cross-cultural, developmental, and cognitive psychology. She will be giving the following presentation: Harnessing the power and potential of human cultural evolution.

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Friday Evening (17:00-18:00)

Janet Helms, Ph.D., Boston College 

Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She will be giving the following presentation: The Power Dynamics of White Racial Identity in Social Interactions.

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Saturday Morning (9:00-10:15)

Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D., Ghent University

In 2015 Dr. Barnes-Holmes accepted a life-time senior professorship at Ghent University in Belgium.

Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., University of Stirling

Christine Caldwell is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Stirling. 

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., University of Nevada

Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada.

Stefan Hofmann, Ph.D., Boston University

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, where he is the Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory. 

Carmen Luciano, Ph.D., University of Almeria, Spain

Carmen Luciano, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Functional Analysis Doctoral Program at University of Almeria, Spain. She is also Director of Master in Contextual Psychology in Madrid Institute of Contextual Psychology (MICPSY).

David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D., University of Binghamton

David Sloan Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University.

They will be giving the following presentation: Future Directions in the Role of Symbolic Meaning in Intentional Human Evolution  

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Saturday Evening (17:00-18:00)

Louise Hayes, Ph.D. , The University of Melbourne & Orygen Youth Mental Health

Louise Hayes is a clinical psychologist, author, and speaker. She is a Senior Fellow with The University of Melbourne and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. She will be giving the following presentation: How we can use the broad platform of CBS to build depth into models of human development.

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Invited Speakers

Jan De Houwer, Ph.D., Ghent University

Jan De Houwer works at Ghent University (Belgium) where he heads the Learning and Implicit Processes Laboratory. His research is related to the manner in which spontaneous (automatic) preferences are learned and can be measured. He will be giving the following presentation: Complex learning: How multiple environmental regularities jointly influence behavior.

Sean Hughes, Ph.D., Ghent University

He will be giving the following presentation: Complex learning: How multiple environmental regularities jointly influence behavior

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Andrew Gloster, Ph.D., University of Basel

Andrew Gloster is a professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland where he heads the Division of Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science. He will be giving the following presentation: From Individuals, to Groups, and up to the Population: Implementing Intervention Science Across Multiple Contexts.

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Inez Myin-Germeys, Ph.D., KU Leuven, Center for Contextual Psychiatry

Inez Myin-Germeys started the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, a research center with currently about 30 researchers, at KU Leuven in 2015. She will be giving the following presentation: A contextual approach to psychiatry: Momentary Assessment and Intervention. 

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Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, Southern Illinois University

Dr. Rehfeldt has been a professor in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program at Southern Illinois University for nineteen years, and is currently Interim Director of the Rehabilitation Institute. She will be giving the following presentation: Toward an Effective and Relevant Science of Behavior.

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Francisco J. Ruiz, Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz

Francisco J. Ruiz is a professor at Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia). He will be giving the following presentation: Interfacing Research on Clinical RFT and ACT: The Case of RNT-Focused ACT

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