An award-winning journalist and writer, Ruthie Ackerman is an in-demand book coach and teaches writing workshops for individuals and corporations. She was most recently the Deputy Editor at ForbesWomen. The recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Writing Fellowship and Johns Hopkins International Reporting Fellowship, her work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, and The San Francisco Chronicle among others.
Michael Addis is the Director of the Psychology Department at Clark University. He is the author of a book on male psychology titled Invisible Men (Henry Holt).
Christina Anstead is best known as the co-host of the hit HGTV show Flip or Flop. Since the show debuted in 2013, it has aired 8 seasons and over 100 episodes. Christina on the Coast Season 2 premiered January 2, 2020. Alongside her busy roles within the property and television sectors, and on top of being a busy mama, she is a huge advocate for leading a balanced lifestyle of mind, body, and spirit. With Cara Clark, she is the author of The Wellness Remodel.
Dr. Dale Archer, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and frequent commentator on CNN, is author of the New York Times bestseller Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional (Crown Broadway) as well as The ADHD Advantage (Penguin Random House).
Rob Barnett is a headhunter and an advisor to media companies and media pros.
Justin L. Barrett is Director of the Thrive Center for Human Development, Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and previously held a post as a senior researcher at Oxford University. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Cognition & Culture and the author of Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (Free Press), about how children develop religious ideas about the world.
Patricia Romanowski Bashe, MSEd., BCBA, is a certified special education teacher, early intervention provider, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Currently BCBA supervisor at a special-needs preschool, Romanowski worked for many years as senior education specialist at the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University. She is also the coauthor of twenty-three books and four national bestsellers. Her works range in topic from popular culture and celebrity autobiography to children’s issues, parapsychology/bereavement, psychology, and self-help. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at Rolling Stone Press. She lives in Baldwin, NY.
Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab, editor of Captivating Technology (Duke), and author of People’s Science (Stanford) and the award-winning Race After Technology (Polity). She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine, and the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice.
Carolyn Bernstein, M.D., is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a staff neurologist at Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Bernstein belongs to the American Academy of Neurology.
An Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn at New York Presbyterian-Cornell, Dr. Birndorf has contributed to SELF magazine’s happiness column for nearly a decade. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Nine Rooms of Happiness. She is the co-author, with Dr. Alexandra Sacks, of What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood, from Simon & Schuster.
Melissa Estes Blair is a historian of women and politics in the 20th-century United States, and an associate professor of history at Auburn University. Her first book was Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics 1965-1980.
Lucy Blake is a developmental psychologist who conducts research on family relationships. She completed her PhD and postdoctoral research at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge before moving to Edge Hill University in the North-West of England to take up a Lectureship in Children, Young People and Families.
Dr. Jill Blakeway is the founder and director of the YinOva Center in New York City, the largest acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice in the U.S. She is the author of the bestselling "Making Babies," the founder of the acupuncture program at NYC Lutheran Medical Center, and the popular host of the popular CBS podcast "Grow, Cook, Heal."
Dr. Catherine "Rina" Bliss is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research explores the personal and societal significance of emerging genetic sciences.
Dr. Kenneth Bock is an internationally known pioneer of integrative medicine, bestelling author, and in-demand international speaker. His patients come from all over the world to seek treatment at his private practice, Bock Integrative Medicine.
Giacomo Bono is an Assistant Professor at California State University and an expert on gratitude. He is the co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (Templeton Press).
Susan Bratton is the founder and CEO of Savor Health, which provides home delivery of fresh, nutritious meals designed specially for cancer patients. She is actively involved in a number of industry associations, including Women Business Leaders in Healthcare. She also serves on the Advisory Board of HCap, the national leading venue for healthcare providers and capital to meet, and is the Secretary for Amagansett Citizens Advisory Committee.
A journalist and entrepreneur, Brill is the creator of the widely acclaimed magazine Brill’s Content. He’s written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper’s, and TIME and his March 2013 TIME cover story, "Bitter Pill," marked the first time That the magazine dedicated an entire issue to a single article.
Elena Brower is an internationally recognized yoga and meditation teacher based in New York and the co-author with Gabrielle Hartley, Esq of the forthcoming Better Apart.
A law professor at George Washington University Law School, Naomi Cahn writes, lectures, and blogs about families and culture.
An investigative journalist and anthropologist, Carney blends narrative nonfiction with ethnography in his stories. His first book The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers received critical acclaim from Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times and won the Clarion Award for best work of nonfiction in 2012.
Nicole Centeno is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef and the founder and CEO of the Brooklyn-based soupery Splendid Spoon. She has taught cooking and nutrition courses at Columbia University and cooked at esteemed New York City restaurants such as EAT Greenpoint and Fatty Cue. Before founding her company, she worked for Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, and Saveur.
Anne Marie Chaker is a veteran features writer for The Wall Street Journal. She began her career right out of college as an administrative assistant and later grew into various assignments at the paper, from a junior reporter on the regional editions to working Spot News during the September 11 attacks in 2001. She was a member of the original team that helped launch Personal Journal in 2002 and since then has written about everything from education and gardening to food, family and now, pandemic life. She is the mother of two girls ages 10 and 6. When Anne Marie is not in the gym, she enjoys coaching them in ice hockey.
Christine Chen is a yoga instructor and health writer, has been featured in MSN Healthy Living, MindBodyGreen, Glamour.com, The Well Daily, Elephant Journal Yoga, Crave Company and YogaLocalNYC. Her classes have been featured in TimeOut New York, MyUpperWest, FitMAPPED, and YogaCity NYC. She is the author of Happy-Go-Yoga: Simple Poses to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Add Joy (Grand Central).
Terri Cheney is the author of the New York Times bestseller Manic: A Memoir, and speaks nationally and internationally on mental health issues. Her stories and commentary have been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, on NPR, NBC, and PBS, and in her long-running, widely read column in Psychology Today; her writing has also been adapted for television—her essay on bipolar dating life for the NYT’s Modern Love column was chosen for the recent Amazon TV series.
Marc and Angel Chernoff are professional coaches who have been recognized by Forbes as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.” Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing about and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace.
Cara Clark is the owner and primary nutritionist of Cara Clark Nutrition. Her philosophy about helping others become more present and joyful by creating balance and engaging in the whole self—mind, body and spirit—has been adopted by more than 20,000 households, including those of numerous celebrities and Olympic athletes. Cara is also a certified sports and clinical nutritionist specializing in performance athletes, as well as diabetes, prenatal, and postpartum nutrition. She lives in Orange County with her husband and four daughters. With Christina Anstead, she is the author of The Wellness Remodel.
Broughton Coburn has spent two of the past four decades in the Himalayas, working in development, conservation, writing, and filmmaking. The organizations he has worked with include the Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the World Wildlife Fund and the American Himalaya Foundation. Coburn has appeared as an expert panelist on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Day to Day, and has lectured at the Museum of Natural History in New York, The National Geographic Society, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and many other venues around the US. A graduate of Harvard University, he is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Coburn currently lives in Jackson, WY.
Arianne Cohen is the creator and editor of The Sex Diaries Project: What We’re Saying About What We’re Doing (Wiley), author of The Tall Book (Bloomsbury), and a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek. She speaks worldwide about body image, self-esteem, and healthy relationships.
Stacey Colino is an award-winning writer, specializing in health and psychological issues. A regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report, EverydayHealth.com and AARP.com, her work has appeared in numerous outlets including The Washington Post Health and Wellness sections, Newsweek, Parade, Real Simple, MORE, Marie Claire, and Parents magazine. She has co-authored many books including Count Down: How the Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race and and is currently working with Heather Hirsch, MD, MS, NCMP on Unlocking Your Menopause Type: A Personalized Guide to Managing Your Menopausal Symptoms and Enhancing Your Health.
Amanda Craig, Ph.D, is a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist and ordained Presbyterian minister. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Craig is the owner and operator of Manhattan Family & Marriage Therapist, one of the largest practices in New York with locations in New York City and Darien, CT.
A former chancellor of the New York City public school system and former superintendent for Miami-Dade county’s public schools, Crew is an education consultant and frequent lecturer. The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York appointed Crew as president of Medgar Evers College.
The former editor in chief of SELF for more than ten years, Danziger is also the author of the New York Times bestseller THE NINE ROOMS OF HAPPINESS. She is a regular guest on television shows, including Today, The View, and Good Morning America.
Carey Davidson is the founder and CEO of Tournesol where she uses the Five Elements, Ayurveda, and Vibroacoustic Method to help catalyze personal health and advance organizational resilience by addressing body, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral needs as well as higher level purpose and spiritual needs.
Daniel M. Davis is a distinguished immunologist and the Director of Research in the Manchester Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research. Prior to this, he was the head of the Immunology Section at Imperial College, London. His first book The Compatibility Gene: How our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Our Selves (Allen Lane/Penguin Press UK and Oxford University Press), explores how our immune system drives our behavior. It was long-listed for the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.
Dr. Sampson Davis is an emergency room physician, public speaker, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author. In 2000, he helped found The Three Doctors Foundation, which offers a series of free public programs focused on health, education, leadership, and mentoring. Dr. Davis was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award as well as named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association highest honor and was honored on national television with the 2009 BET Awards. Dr. Davis has coauthored New York Times bestselling books, The Pact, We Beat the Street,The Bond, andLiving and Dying in Brick City: An ER Doctor Returns Home.
Bella DePaulo (Ph.D.) is a social psychologist and the author of Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (St. Martin's Press) and How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century (Atria) and a TEDx talk called "What no one ever told you about people who are single." Atlantic magazine described Dr. DePaulo as “America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience.” She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, such as the James McKeen Cattell Award and the Research Scientist Development Award and has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, CNN, Time magazine, New York magazine, the Guardian, Forbes, Quartz, Nautilus, the Conversation, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Bella DePaulo has discussed the place of singles in society on NPR and CNN, and her work has been described in newspapers (such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal) and magazines (such as the New Yorker, New York magazine, Atlantic magazine, the Economist, Marie Claire, AARP magazine, Time magazine, and many others). She is an Academic Affiliate in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB.
Brian Deer is a journalist specializing in the drug industry and social issues. He’s received two British Press Awards for his Sunday Times investigations, an award for Specialist Journalist of the Year, and was recently awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from York St. John University. He’s served as a lecturer in child health policy at the University of Michigan, and a lecturer in life sciences at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Department at Emerson College. He is the author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life, as well as Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country (Simon & Schuster). His 2001 New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend” is being adapted into the film “I Am Michael,” starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts.
Dr. Rebekah Diamond is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University, New York City hospital pediatrician, writer and mother. She is the author of Parent Like A Pediatrician, which provides parents with the safe, realistic guidance that pediatricians follow to raise their own children (Instagram @parentlikeapediatrician).
Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is an internationally renowned expert on grief. Dr. Doka is an in-demand speaker and professor of gerontology whose work has been featured in national publications and media outlets such as CNN and Nightline, as well as the author of over thirty academic books on grief. He is the author of Grief is a Journey (Atria/Simon & Schuster).
Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer, interviewer, and “day artist” exploring how we can broaden our definitions of creativity and productivity as the marker of a day well spent. She is the founder of the blog Extraordinary Routines and the podcast Routines & Ruts. Through hundreds of interviews with creative people, Madeleine has collected insights that help readers navigate uncertainty, perfectionism, and productivity guilt.
Ali Drucker is a freelance writer covering sexual health and pop culture. She was previously Cosmopolitan.com's Senior Sex & Relationship Editor. Since then, her work has appeared in New York Magazine, HuffPost, Refinery29 and more. Ali is based in Los Angeles, California.
Ducharme is a staff writer at TIME magazine covering health and breaking news. She has spent years investigating topics such as vaping and has written extensively on medical research, public health, business, and government regulations.
Dr. Ken Duckworth is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and Chief Medical Officer of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Karen Duffy is the author of the New York Times bestseller Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Glamour, Esquire, and the New York Daily News, and has played parts in the movies Dumb and Dumber, Celebrity, and Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.She was also the face for Revlon's "Charlie’s Girl" and a VJ for MTV. She resides in New York with her husband and son.
Ken Dychtwald is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 17 books on aging-related issues. Since 1986, Ken has been the Founder and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults.
Maddy Dychtwald is the the co-founder of Age Wave and an internationally acclaimed social scientist, researcher, and thought leader on longevity, aging, the new retirement, and the ascent of women. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 50 female futurists globally, she is a Wall Street Journal blogger, and she and her work are frequently featured in prominent media outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NPR.
A former senior editor at The New Yorker, Eakin has worked as an ideas reporter for the New York Times and a fashion features writer at Vogue. She’s written for Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, and The New Republic, among other publications.
Robert Emmons is one of America’s foremost psychologists, a professor at the University of California/Davis and author of Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Houghton Mifflin) and Gratitude Works! (Jossey-Bass).
Carla Fernandez is a community builder and experience designer helping healing ideas enter culture. Through her work co-founding The Dinner Party, Carla is transforming the isolation felt through grief and loss into a source of connection, friendship and forward motion for thousands of 20-40 somethings nationwide. Her work has been featured in New York Times, Good Morning America, O Magazine, and as a case study in over a dozen books. She is an NYU Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship, an Annenberg Innovation Lab Senior Fellow and was named one of the most interesting Angelenos by LA Weekly.
A journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, Runner’s World, and elsewhere, Flanagan has coached high-school girls cross-country teams in Summit, New Jersey, for nearly two decades. She is a lifelong athlete and regularly participates in media and on panels discussing youth sports and coaching.
Maureen Foley is the screenwriter of two highly acclaimed films, Home Before Dark (winner of the Best American Independent Film at the International Film Festival) and American Wake. She is the co-author of The Book of Illumination and The Ice Cradle (Three Rivers Press), both part of The Ghost Files series.
Brett Forrest is a national security reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Prior to the WSJ, he was a long-time magazine writer. He is the author of one previous book and a producer of an Emmy-Award-nominated documentary.
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.
Jeffrey Froh is a Professor at Hofstra University and an expert on gratitude. He is the co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (Templeton Press).
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.