David France is a veteran investigative journalist who has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, and GQ, and is the author of Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church (Broadway Books) and Morning in America (Knopf). The Showtime adaptation of “Our Fathers” was nominated for multiple Emmys and a Writers Guild of America Award. His work also inspired the Peabody Award–winning film “Soldier’s Girl” and the controversial Showtime series “Thanks of a Grateful Nation.”
Dr. Marisa Franco is a former professor, a psychologist, and a friendship expert. She has been a featured expert in major outlets such as The New York Times, Vice, and The Chicago Tribune. She speaks on building relationships in the workplace and writes about connection on her blog Platonic Love for Psychology Today.
Dr. Valerie Fridland is a professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Nevada in Reno. An expert on the relationship between language and society, her work has appeared in numerous academic journals and she is co-author of the book Sociophonetics by Cambridge University Press. She also writes for Psychology Today and lectures for The Great Courses.
Rene Germain is a young British journalist and influencer whose blog ‘Black and Great’ about the successful career jouneys of Black talent from across the worlds of entertainment, sport, finance, law and medicine is the inspiration for her first book.
Dr. Arline T. Geronimus is a professor at University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Over 30 years ago, she coined the term “weathering” to describe the effects of systemic oppression on the body. She has served as an expert panelist and consultant for President Obama’s Health Care Advisory Committee, the US Civil Rights Commission, the MacArthur Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the Ford Foundation, among many others.
Jen Golbeck is a Professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and companion to six rescued golden retrievers. She studies the intersection of psychology, social media, and artificial intelligence at work, and, with her husband, runs a social media empire @theGoldenRatio4 to bring her dogs’ stories of joy and recovery to the world.
Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo are the founders of Highly Sensitive Refuge and Introvert, Dear, two of the largest websites for highly sensitive people (HSPs) and introverts. Together, they have helped hundreds of thousands of HSPs around the world live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Linda Gregerson is the author of eight books of poetry and the winner of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kingsley Tufts Award, an American of Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a finalist nomination for the National Book Award. The New York Times calls Gregerson “a storyteller at heart,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books praises “her remarkable ability to make imagination feel appropriate.” Reviewing Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, The New Yorker described her work as “dauntless, serrated.” Her new collection, Canopy, will be published in 2022. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Gabrielle Hartley, Esq is a leading online divorce mediator and lawyer based in New York City and Massachusetts and is author of Better Apart with Elena Brower. She is the co-chair of The American Bar Association Mediation Committee.
Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz is an expert in brain health. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and directs the NeuroFit Lab, which supports her research program on the effects of exercise for brain health. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Health and Aging at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital. Dr. Heisz is regularly invited to speak at international scientific conferences and her research on exercise and brain health receives widespread media coverage via international media outlets such as New York Times, NBC, BBC, CNN, CBS News, and National Geographic.
A professor of psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia, Bill von Hippel has presented his research on neuroscience and social intelligence at conferences and colloquia around the world. His work has been covered by the New York Times, The Economist, USA Today, Harvard Business Review, TIME, and elsewhere.
Heather Hirsch, MD, MS, NCMP is the lead physician and clinical program director for the menopause and midlife clinic at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and she also serves as faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her research has been published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, Menopause, and The Journal of Women’s Health. She has been featured on NPR’s All Sides with Ann Fisher, Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work, and interviewed by such outlets as Women’s Health, HealthCentral.com, and the AARP’s TheGirlfriend.com.
Jacqueline Holland received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Kansas. Her short fiction has appeared in Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Magazine, and Big Fiction Magazine. She was selected as a top-twenty-five finalist for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, as well as Sequestrum Magazine's New Writers Award.
Alex is a London-based writer, podcaster and producer writing across print and audio mediums. His work centres around positive masculinity, mental health awareness and the liberating power of reading and writing. He became a Mental Health First Aider with Mental Health First Aid England in October 2020.
An editor at VanityFair.com, Homans has written and edited for Esquire, Harpers, and The New York Observer. He was formerly the executive editor of New York magazine.
Nicholas Humphrey is a theoretical psychologist, based in Cambridge, who is known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. His interests are wide ranging. He studied mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey in Rwanda; he was the first to demonstrate the existence of ‘blindsight’ after brain damage in monkeys; he proposed the celebrated theory of the ‘social function of intellect’; and he is the only scientist ever to edit the literary journal Granta.He has been Lecturer in Psychology at Oxford; Assistant Director of the Subdepartment of Animal Behaviour at Cambridge; Senior Research Fellow in Parapsychology at Cambridge; Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York; and School Professor at the London School of Economics. He is currently a Senior Member of Darwin College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities.
Dr. Thomas R. Insel is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who is currently Executive Chair and Co-Founder of NEST Health in California. He served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health beginning in 2002, then in 2015 led a mental health team at Google’s emerging life science company, Verily; and, after launch, went on to co-found Mindstrong Health. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom tapped Dr. Insel to serve as the “mental health czar” of California.
The least interesting thing about Jimmie James is that he is the only person ever to play all of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the US in a single year. He rose from abject poverty in Jim-Crow East Texas of the 1960s to become a top executive with Exxon-Mobil.
Sandeep Jauhar, MD, Ph.D., is the director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine, and author of the acclaimed memoirs Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
Sharlee Jeter is the president of the Turn 2 Foundation, which was established by her brother, baseball legend Derek Jeter. The Foundation has successfully channeled fundraising power into results as demonstrated by its signature initiative, Jeter’s Leaders, a leadership development program for high school students. Sharlee also oversees the children’s division of Jeter Publishing, which has published New York Times bestsellers The Contract and its follow up, Hit & Miss. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Sharlee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her son Jalen.
Faith Jones is an attorney specializing in U.S. and international corporate law. A former associate at Skadden, Arps and Walton & Walton LLP, she advocates for women’s rights, coaches entrepreneurs, and speaks on issues of self-ownership, accountability, and responsibility.
Amy Jones's first novel, We're All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a "Best Book of the Year" by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as Longform's Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto.
Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. She has degrees from University of Chicago, Brandeis, and has done faculty research in neuorophysiology at Yale. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. She was awarded, in 2019, the prestigious Dr. Rogers Prize, a national award given in Canada for research in complementary, alternative, or integrative health.
Joe Keohane is an American journalist. He has worked for or contributed to such esteemed publications as Esquire, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe. A writer and a top editor, he has covered everything from politics, to business, to technology and social science around the world, and his work has been anthologized in several textbooks. He currently works as Executive Editor of Medium.com. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Kasley Killam, MPH, is a Harvard-trained social scientist and the founder of Social Health Labs, which leads initiatives to improve well-being through connection and community. Her ideas have been featured in major outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Scientific American, and Psychology Today. Kasley is a frequent speaker for audiences like Google and Stanford University and an advisor to organizations across sectors on how to alleviate loneliness.
Angela Jia Kim is the founder of the multimillion dollar skincare brand, Savor Beauty + Spa. A highly recognized skin and self-care expert, Angela and her brands have been featured in The New York Times, Elle, Goop, Glamour, Allure, and Well+Good.
Eliza Kingsford is a psychologist and weight loss expert who is nationally recognized as an expert in her field. She is a sought-after speaker who regularly presents to groups across the country and appears in the national media, including national television shows such as on Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.
David Kirby is a writer, activist, and longtime journalist. He is a contributor to The New York Times and author of the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and The Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy, as well as Animal Factory and Death at SeaWorld (St. Martin’s).
William J. Kole is the New England editor at The Associated Press. His storied career has included covering Dr. Kevorkian’s suicide machine, acting as AP’s lead writer in Paris following Princess Diana’s death, and winning a Society of American Business Editors & Writers award for his investigation into the exploitation of illegal immigrants by Walmart.
Erica Komisar is the author of the award-winning Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. A psychoanalyst and parent guidance expert, her work has been featured in Parents Magazine, on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and she frequently writes for the Wall Street Journal.
Wendy is the Co-founder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR), a charity organization founded by Wendy and her donor-conceived son Ryan to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg, or embryo donation that are seeking to make contact with others with whom they share first-degree genetic ties. Wendy has co-authored 25 papers on donor-conception and she and Ryan have appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, GMA, The Today Show, CNN, NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, and many other news shows and publications around the world. She is a producer of “Generation Cryo,” a 6-part Docu-series for MTV and for “Sperm Donor: A Documentary” for the Style Channel.
Dr. Leah Lagos’s 10-week heart-rate variability program has been embraced by some of the world’s top Olympic athletes, CEOs and international hedge-fund executives Dr. Lagos is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of New York and Board Certified in Biofeedback.
Brad Lamm is a board-certified interventionist and a nationwide expert on complex trauma, addiction and recovery. Following publication of How to Help the One You Love (St. Martin’s), Brad became a regular contributor to The Dr. Oz Show and published a book on the obesity crisis, Just 10 Lbs (Hay House). His latest book, Quit Vaping, is out from Penguin Life.
Natalie Lampert is a Fulbright fellow and independent journalist who has written about egg freezing, abortions, and women’s health for The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Slate.
Amy Larocca is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at New York Magazine, where she has worked in a variety of roles since 2000. She edits the magazine’s two annual fashion issues, writes on fashion and other subjects, and is working on a book about the wellness movement to be published in 2020.
Ian Leslie is an author and speaker who lives in London, where he combines careers in writing and advertising. His book Born Liars was hailed as ‘consistently startling and fascinating’ by the Daily Mail and was BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’. His book Curious was described by Tyler Cowen as ‘a beautiful and fascinating tribute to one of mankind’s most important virtues.’ He writes about ideas, culture and politics for a range of publications in the UK and US.
Dr. Morgan Elyse Levine, PhD, is a professor at Yale University in the School of Medicine, a core leader for Yale’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a “rising star” in the field of aging and longevity science. Dr. Levine serves on the Scientific Advisor Boards of major companies, including Elysium, Life Epigenetics, and Humanity and her research has been featured in major news outlets, including: The Guardian, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and many others. She has also been profiled on CNN and is featured on the Netflix docuseries Goop Lab.
Dr. Tim Lomas is one of Europe's leading experts on positive psychology and the program leader at the University of East London's MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (one of the most highly respected post-graduate courses in Europe). He has written for the Guardian and has published numerous academic papers in high-profile journals, including Psychology, Public Policy and Law, Mindfulness, Psychology and Health and the Journal of Happiness Studies.
Ernesto Londoño is a journalist for The New York Times. He joined the newspaper in 2014 as a member of the editorial board and served as Brazil bureau chief from 2017 to 2022. He previously worked at The Washington Post, where his assignments included covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and the Pentagon. He was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia.
Don Macpherson is a British mind coach who combines mind management techniques and hypnosis with an in-depth knowledge of modern neuroscience. His most high-profile work has been coaching dozens of world-class sports professionals, including F1 racing drivers, Premiership footballers, international rugby players and Wimbledon tennis champions. Over thirty years Don has also helped countless other people with a diverse range of issues such as anxiety, stress, lack of confidence and relationship problems. Don takes challenging mind-management concepts, and makes them easy to understand and to put into practice.
Dario Maestripieri is Professor of Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and the author of Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships (Basic Books).
Antonia Malchik is the managing editor of STIR. She has worked as a journalist in Austria and Australia, and her writing has appeared in Aeon, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed Ideas, and Orion, among other places, and she is a regular contributor to Full Grown People. Her debut book project is A Walking Life, a nonfiction book about walking: how it relates to our health and creativity, how we have lost it through a century of car-centric design, and how we can regain it.
Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C. She oversees a national volunteer leadership team of nearly 90 men and women who represent 30 states around the US, and shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Mapp’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine, Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine, NPR, among many others.
A much sought after yoga instructor in LA and around the globe, with a list of devoted celebrity clients, Andrea Marcum’s classes also appear on My Yoga Gaia. She has been featured in Shape, Self, Yoga Magazine, Jessica Alba’s Honesty Company Blog and Mind Body Green. She contributes regularly to the lululemon blog, Elephant Journal, and Origin.
Brian F. Martin is the founder and CEO of the international nonprofit Children of Domestic Violence, producer of the award-winning documentary The Children Next Door, and author of the New York Times bestseller Invincible: The 10 Lies You Learn Growing Up with Domestic Violence, and the Truths to Set You Free (Perigee Trade).
Leigh Marz is a leadership coach and collaboration consultant specializing in work with scientists, engineers, and mission driven organizations. She has led and delivered multi-day training programs for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to promote collaboration among climate change teams; she has partnered with the Green Science Policy Institute as a facilitator of cross-sector initiatives to reduce toxic chemicals in products. She is a faculty member with the international training company CRR Global and her work has been published in Time and Harvard Business Review among other venues.
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and an internationally renowned authority on dogs; a longtime co-host of Calling All Pets, which was syndicated on NPR; and the author of The Other End of the Leash and, most recently, For the Love of a Dog (Ballantine). Dr. McConnell is also an Adjunct Professor in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Sara C. Mednick is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Irvine,where she directs the Sleep and Cognition (SaC) lab. Her book Take a Nap! Change Your Life (Workman 2006) put forth the scientific basis for napping to improve productivity, cognition, mood, and health.
Director of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Dr. Miller is a leader in the field of spiritual psychology, which uses spirituality in psychotherapy. She is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestseller The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving (St. Martin’s Press).
Mandy Morris is a highly sought-out manifesting and self-love expert and is the creator of Authentic Living, which reaches over 17 million people a month on social media and has an email list of over one million subscribers. Mandy has been featured in such media outlets as Shape, Mind Body Green, The Chalkboard, BuzzFeed, Well + Good, and Thrive Global, as well as on notable podcasts including The Jenny McCarthy Show, Your Own Magic, and Hungry for Happiness.
Luma Mufleh, immigrant, Muslim, gay, entrepreneur, mother, introvert, leader, and speaker, is best known as "Coach" by the students and families for whom she founded the first network of middle and high schools for refugee kids in the United States. She writes from her own experiences of both struggle and privilege, with a combination of humor, humility, and inspiration.