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Edward Abramson, Ph.D.

Edward Abramson, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, and former Director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. He is the author of six books including Weight, Diet and Body Image: What Every Therapist Needs to Know.

Dr. Abramson is an Instructor at University of California Berkeley Extension. He gives workshops and presentations on emotional eating, overcoming exercise avoidance, and the psychology of weight control. He is a Fellow of The Obesity Society and has served on the Board of Directors of The California Psychological Association. He was a Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the United Medical and Dental Schools, University of London, UK.


Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., ABPP

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., ABPP is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA. He is a Diplomate (board certified) in three specialties: Clinical Psychology (ABPP); Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; and Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN, ABPP). Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 41 editions. He has published more than 290 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders and is the founder and Editor of the bimonthly clinical newsletter, The ADHD Report, now in its 25th year of publication.

His recent books include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (4th ed., 2015); Executive Functions:  What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved (2012); The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scales (2011, 2012); Barkley Functional Impairment Scale (2011, 2012); and the Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale (2011).  He is also the author of: Taking Charge of Adult ADHD (2010); Taking Charge of ADHD – The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents (3rd ed., 2013); Defiant Children: 8 Steps to Better Behavior (2nd ed., 2013, co-author); and Defiant Children: A Clinician’s manual for Assessment and Parent Training (3rd ed., 2013).

Dr. Barkley has received awards from the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Board of Professional Psychology, Association for the Advancement of Applied and Preventive Psychology, American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders, New England Educational Institute, the Wisconsin Psychological Association, and Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) for his career accomplishments, contributions to research in ADHD, to clinical practice, and for the dissemination of science.

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Laura S. Brown, Ph.D., ABPP

Laura S. Brown, Ph.D. ABPP practices clinical and forensic psychology in Seattle, with a special focus on working with survivors of trauma. She is the founder and director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a training clinic offering low-cost psychological services. Her books include Cultural competence in trauma treatment: Beyond the flashback (2007) and Feminist therapy (2009), both published by the American Psychological Association. She has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters on trauma treatment, feminist therapy, cultural competence, LGBT issues, and related topics.

Her work has been honored by her colleagues with a number of awards, including APA's Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service, the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and most recently a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association.


David Cosio, Ph.D., ABPP

David Cosio, Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist in the Pain Clinic and the CARF Accredited, interdisciplinary pain program at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. He received his PhD from Ohio University, with a specialization in Health Psychology and completed a behavioral medicine internship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mental Health Services, and a Primary Care/Specialty Clinic Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

Dr. Cosio is the author of the book, Pain Relief: Managing Chronic Pain Through Traditional, Holistic, & Eastern Practices (2018), published by Cedar Fort. He has published several articles on health psychology, specifically in the area of patient pain education. He achieved specialist certification in clinical health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2017.

William A. Eddy, LCSW, JD

William A. ("Bill") Eddy, LCSW, JD has been a Family Law attorney and Mediator since 1993. Prior to practicing law, he was a psychotherapist (a Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for twelve years, working with children and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has handled over 400 divorce cases as an attorney (he is a Certified Family Law Specialist). As a Mediator, he has provided divorce mediation services to over 1500 couples, as well as mediating approximately 100 civil disputes. He is the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, CA. He is also on the part-time faculties of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and the National Judicial College, is a Visiting Lecturer at Monash University Law Chambers in Melbourne, Australia, and taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years.

Mr. Eddy is the President of High Conflict Institute, based in San Diego, CA where he provides seminars to mental health professionals, lawyers, judges, mediators, human resource professionals, and others on the subject of high-conflict personalities in legal disputes, and he has presented nationally in over 30 states and internationally in 7 countries. He is the developer of the New Ways for FamiliesSM method for potentially high-conflict families in separation and divorce, which is being implemented in several court systems in the United States and Alberta, Canada. He also developed the CARS MethodSM of Conflict Resolution and co-developed the New Ways for WorkSM methods for managing high conflict people in workplace, neighbor, and family disputes.

Mr. Eddy's articles have appeared in national law and counseling journals. He is the author of ten books, including High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, 2nd Edition, It's All Your Fault!, and Don't Alienate the Kids!


Carol Falender, Ph.D.

Carol Falender, Ph.D. is a lecturer, supervisor, and teacher. Dr. Falender has conducted extensive training on supervision through the American Psychological Association (APA), California Psychological Association (CPA), and numerous other organizations. She is Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology, is Chair of Continuing Education of the California Psychological Association, is Co-Chair of the Section on Supervision and Training of Division 17, Society for Counseling Psychology, APA, is Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and has served as President of APA's Division 37 - Division of Child, Youth, and Family Services. She is a member of the task force on supervision of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and Chair of the working group on supervision guidelines of the Board of Educational Affairs, APA.

Dr. Falender is co-author of Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns, 2012, Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach, 2004, and Casebook for Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach, 2008, all with Edward Shafranske and published by the American Psychological Association, and is the author of numerous professional articles on the subject of supervision.


Cynthia Glidden-Tracey, Ph.D.

Cynthia Glidden-Tracey, Ph.D. is a member of the Faculty of Education of British Columbia-Vancouver in the Counselling Psychology area of the Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education department. She is author of Counseling and Therapy With Clients Who Abuse Alcohol or Other Drugs: An Integrative Approach, published by Routledge.

Dr. Glidden-Tracey serves as an Associate Editor with the journal Addictions Research and Theory (ART). She co-chairs the Education and Training Committee of the APA Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP,  Division 50). Dr. Glidden-Tracey is also an associate member of the Association for Psychology Training Clinics (APTC).

Tobi Goldfus, LCSW-C, BCD

Tobi Goldfus, LCSW-C, BCD is a therapist, author, and national/international teacher and speaker. Her graduate and post-graduate trainings have included family therapy, NLP, ego state and somatic experiencing, and extensive study of Ericksonian hypnotherapy. She is a member of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers), the American Board of Examiners of Clinical Social Workers (ABESW), the Greater Washington Area Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW), the ASCH (American Society of Clinical Hypnosis), the ISH (International Society of Hypnosis), and The ESH (European Society of Hypnosis).

Ms. Goldfus is the author of From Real Life to Cyberspace and Back Again: Helping Our Young Clients Develop a Strong Inner Selfie (2017) which focuses on predicating factors that can make young people more vulnerable on social media to hurtful, negative, or traumatic experiences, providing assessment tools, hypnotherapy, and somatic experiencing techniques to heal and create a positive balance between online and real life. She is also a contributor to Ericksonian Therapy Now: The Master Class with Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. (2018).


Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Ph.D.

Patricia Keith-Spiegel, Ph.D. specializes in professional ethics, organizational integrity, decision-making, and resolution of ethical conflicts. Her work on social justice, dishonesty, moral hazards, and irresponsible behavior in organizations has resulted in three federally-funded grant projects from the Office of Research Integrity, the National Institutes of Health, and the Fund for Improvement in Postsecondary Education. Other sponsors for her work include the Kellogg Foundation (Excellence in Leadership Award), the 21st Century Foundation, and the George and Frances Ball Foundation. The best-selling textbook, Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, co-authored with Dr. Gerald Koocher, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Her newest book, Red Flags in Psychotherapy: Stories of Ethics Complaints and Resolutions, is written as narrative nonfiction to highlight the emotional struggles of accusers and the accused. She served two terms as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Keith-Spiegel regularly taught professional ethics and ethical leadership classes in her 35 years as a university professor and as the Director of the Center for Teaching Integrity at Ball State University, where she is the Voran Honored Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Emerita). She also taught at California State University, Northridge, where she was awarded the California State Trustee's Award for Outstanding Professor across all state university campuses and disciplines. She is also a recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award from the American Psychological Foundation. She was a visiting Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Visiting Professor and Senior Research Associate at Simmons College.

Dr. Keith-Spiegel served as President of the Western Psychological Association and as President of the Division of Teaching Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 1994, she received the APA Distinguished Teaching Award (American Psychological Foundation).

Jason King, Ph.D.

Jason King, Ph.D. served as a DSM-5 Revision Task Force committee member for the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). He has given over 190 national and international trainings on the DSM-5. Dr. King was the Clinical Director of Life Enhancement Center​, which collected data for the American Psychiatric Association’s Routine Clinical Practice field trials​ that informed the DSM-5 revision process. He is listed on page 914 of the DSM-5 as a Collaborative Investigator.

He currently serves as the DSM-5 specialist for the PIMSY electronic medical records practice management mental/behavioral health advisory board​. Dr. King is the DSM-5 content editor for the textbooks DSM-5® and Family Systems and Diagnosing Children and Adolescents: Guide for Mental Health Practitioners​​.

Dr. King received the 2012 AMHCA Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award, and for six years he served as the Governor appointed Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) licensure board for the Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). He is the Student Development Coordinator for Walden University’s CACREP-accredited master’s and doctoral School of Counseling programs, and he is the principal founder and owner of the MELLIVORA GROUP that provides mental health professionals with training, consulting, and supervision services.


Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP

Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., ABPP serves as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Quincy College in Quincy, MA. His prior positions included Professor and Dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University in Chicago, Associate Provost and Dean at Simmons College, Chief of Psychology at Boston's Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Children's Center, and Executive Director of the Linda Pollin Institute at Harvard Medical School. He remains a Senior Associate in Psychology at Children's Hospital and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Koocher founded the journal Ethics & Behavior, and previously served as Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Practice Innovations. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and authored or edited 13 books including Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, the Psychologists' Desk Reference, and Clinician's Guide to Evidence Based Practices: Mental Health and the Addictions.

Elected as a Fellow of twelve divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Koocher has earned five specialty diplomas from the American Boards of Professional Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Child /Adolescent, Family, Forensic, and Health Psychology).

Very active in professional affairs, Dr. Koocher served as President of the Massachusetts and New England Psychological Association, and three APA divisions (Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Children, Youth, and Family Services). He served as President of the APA in 2006.


William M. Liu, Ph.D.

William Ming Liu, Ph.D. is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Chair of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland at College Park. Previously he served as program coordinator for the counseling psychology program at the University of Iowa. He is a fellow of Division 17 and 51. His research includes multicultural competencies, critical race theory and application, social class and classism, and men and masculinity.  He has published in journals including Journal of Counseling Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Psychology of Men and Masculinity.  In recent reviews, he has been identified as one of the most frequent producers of research in multicultural competency and in the psychology of men and masculinity.

He received the Emerging Leader award from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (APA), Emerging Young Professional Award (Division 45, APA), the Researcher of the Year Award (Division 51, APA), and the Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award (2017).

Dr. Liu is an editor of Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003) and author of Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions: Research, Theory, and Practice (Sage, 2011). He is also an editor of Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (Routledge, 2011), sole editor of The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling (Oxford University Press, 2013), and author of the forthcoming book The Psychology of Privilege, White Supremacy, and Power  (Oxford University Press). Currently he serves as Editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity, and served on the Editorial Boards of The Counseling Psychologists, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and Clinician’s Research Digest.

William Matteson, Ph.D.

William Matteson, Ph.D. is a Geriatric Psychologist, an accomplished speaker, and the author of three books: Stop Memory Loss: How to Fight Forgetfulness over Forty, Care Givers Bible, a book for professional caregivers of the aged, and The Abduction Enigma, a book about how therapists unwittingly induce false memories.

He has been a keynote speaker for over one hundred organizations, including the California Department of Aging Services, the California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Congress of California Seniors, the Community Residential Care Association of California, and the California Association of Health Facilities.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Matteson has worked in mental health hospitals and long term care facilities, diagnosing and treating mental problems of older adults. Over the years he has gained a penchant for ferreting out the biological bases of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral challenges older adults often face.

Because of his expertise in aging and memory he has been featured on many television programs including "Hard Copy," "Unsolved Mysteries," "The Maury Povitch Show," "Strange Universe," Toronto's "Fifth Estate," "Sightings," the Learning Channel's series, "Unnatural History," and the prime-time special for NBC called "Confirmation." He has been a featured speaker on dozens of radio programs nationwide.

Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D.

Clifton Mitchell Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, is a professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002. He has over 20 years experience as a trainer and keynote speaker and is known for delivering practical, down-to earth information in a uniquely entertaining, humorous style.

In his book, Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, he presents cutting-edge approaches available for managing therapeutic resistance. Dr. Mitchell has also lectured and keynoted at hundreds of organizations, teaching effective techniques for improving communications and for creating change through the precise use of language. He has been a contributing author in therapy books and has published in numerous professional journals including the Psychotherapy Networker, Psychotherapy in Australia, Journal of Personality Assessment, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychology and Education, Journal of Psychological Type, The Professional School Counselor, Vistas, and The Advocate. As a result of his broad areas of research, his ideas and writings have also been published in Men's Health Today and Barron's Financial Weekly.

Phone: 423-854-9211


John Preston, Psy.D., ABPP

John D. Preston, Psy.D., ABPP is Professor emeritus with Alliant International University, Sacramento (now retired) and formerly on the faculty of UC Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Preston is the author of twenty-one books addressing psychotherapy, mood disorders, PTSD, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and spiritual aspects of emotional healing and psychotherapy.

His books have been translated into 14 foreign languages. He is also the author of the Drugs in Psychiatry chapter in the Encyclopedia Americana.

Dr. Preston is the recipient of the Mental Health Association's President's Award for contributions to the mental health community and the California Psychological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Psychology Award. He has presented talks in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Russia.

Deirdra Price, Ph.D.

Deirdra Price, Ph.D., President of Diet Free Solution, is a leading expert in the treatment of eating disorders and weight-control problems. A clinical psychologist in San Diego, she conducts individual, group, and family psychotherapy. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital-based eating disorders programs and led groups in conjunction with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Dr. Price is the author of Healing the Hungry Self: The Diet-Free Solution to Lifelong Weight Management (Plume, 1998), an innovative and comprehensive workbook that speaks to women, men, and teenagers who want to heal from the ravages of unhealthy eating behaviors and the weight issues that result from them.

Dr. Price provides workshops to hospitals, business, high schools, and colleges, as well as community, civic, and professional organizations offering concrete steps to avoid or overcome food, weight, and body-image concerns. In addition, she has done over 100 radio, television, and print interviews highlighting her approach to creating and maintaining a healthy, desirable weight, without dieting.

Phone: (800) 521-6067

Fredric E. Rabinowitz, Ph.D.

Fredric E. Rabinowitz, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Redlands and a private practice clinical psychologist in Redlands, CA specializing in individual and group psychotherapy with men. Over the past 32 years, Dr. Rabinowitz has authored numerous articles and book chapters.

He has co-written four books: Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men: Insights and Innovations (2014); Deepening Psychotherapy with Men (2002); Men and Depression: Clinical and Empirical Perspectives (2000); and Man Alive: A Primer of Men's Issues (1994).

Dr. Rabinowitz is an accomplished professor who has earned Outstanding Faculty Teaching and Research awards in 1995, 1996, 2001, and 2002. He is past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association.

Judith A. Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Judith A. Schaeffer, Ph.D. is staff psychologist and supervisor of doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents at Franciscan Community Counseling, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is the author of the book Transference and Countertransference in Non-Analytic Therapy: Double-Edged Swords, as well as articles published in Human Development, Journal of Traumatic Stress, The American Journal of Psychotherapy, and The Cord.

She has been in practice since earning her degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University of Chicago in 1982. She has taught at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has served on the boards of the Colorado Psychological Association and the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region, which honored her, in 2003, with the Cornelia Sabine Award for her service to the uninsured and underinsured. From 1990 to 2010 she served on the Sexual Investigation Team of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Since 2010 she has also assessed asylum seekers through HealthRight International.

Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D.

Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D. is Co-Director of The Relationship Institute ( in La Jolla, California. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over 30 years in the San Diego area. Dr. Solomon specializes in working with couples and has developed a subspecialty in the treatment of infidelity. He and his colleague at The Relationship Institute, Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D., have developed a powerful new approach to helping couples in relationship distress: Intimate Love Therapy.

He and Dr. Teagno are co-authors of Intimacy after Infidelity (New Harbinger Publications, 2006), a book written for the general public, and wrote two chapters for Carlson & Sperry's latest edition of Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide, (Routledge, 2010), a book written for psychotherapists. Drs. Solomon and Teagno also have collaborated on numerous articles on couples therapy, infidelity, and Long-Term Love Relationship dynamics. For more than a decade they have trained therapists in Intimate Love Therapy theory and practice.

Dr. Solomon is a past president of the San Diego Psychological Association.


John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D.

John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and professor of counselor education at the University of Montana. He is author or co-author of over 100 publications, including books, professional journal articles, and professional video trainings. Some of his books, co-written with his wife Rita, include Tough Kids, Cool Counseling, How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen, Clinical Interviewing, and Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice.

Dr. Summers-Flanagan is a professional workshop trainer in the areas of suicide assessment, counseling youth, and working with parents.


Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D.

Lorie J. Teagno, Ph.D. is Co-Director of The Relationship Institute ( in La Jolla, California. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice for over 30 years in the San Diego area. Dr. Teagno specializes in working with couples and has developed a subspecialty in the treatment of infidelity. She and her colleague at The Relationship Institute, Steven D. Solomon, Ph.D., have developed a powerful new approach to helping couples in relationship distress: Intimate Love Therapy.

She and Dr. Solomon are co-authors of Intimacy after Infidelity (New Harbinger Publications, 2006) a book written for the general public, and wrote two chapters for Carlson & Sperry's latest edition of Recovering Intimacy in Love Relationships: A Clinician’s Guide, (Routledge, 2010), a book written for psychotherapists. Drs. Solomon and Teagno also have collaborated on numerous articles on couples therapy, infidelity, and Long-Term Love Relationship dynamics. For more than a decade they have trained therapists in Intimate Love Therapy theory and practice.



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