Ellen Dissanayake is Affiliate Professor for the School of Music at the University of Washington. Her research investigates the aesthetics of art and examines the role it plays in the development of species and cultures around the world. Her publications include Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began; Homo Aesthetics: Where Art Comes From and Why; and What Is Art For? She has also authored or coauthored more than a hundred book chapters and articles that have appeared in Darwin’s Bridge: Uniting the Sciences and Humanities; Art as Behavior: An Ethological Approach to Visual and Verbal Art, Music and Architecture; and Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture, and other works.
Alexandra Katehakis is founder and clinical director of the Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, California, and serves as Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Facility for the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She received the 2012 Carnes Award for her research in the field of sex addiction and recovery and is a contributing writer for Psychology Today, where she regularly posts on her blog “Sex, Lies & Trauma.” She is the author or coauthor of Sex Addition as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment; Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex While in Recovery from Sex Addition; Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emo-tional and Erotic Intelligence; and Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts.
Terry Marks-Tarlow is a clinical and consulting psychologist in Santa Monica, Cali-fornia, and a faculty member at the Insight Center in Los Angeles. She also serves as cochair on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Country Psychological Associa-tion Community Outreach and works as a research associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel, Germany. Her areas of interest include the application of neuro-biological and nonlinear science to psychotherapy, creative blocks, self-expression and deep transformation, and the clinical interface between yoga and psychotherapy. She has lectured extensively and contributed to numerous journals. Her books include, among others, Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experimental Workbook; Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy; Psyche’s Veil: Psychotherapy, Fractals and Complexity; and Creativity Inside Out: Learning through Multiple Intelligences.
Yakov Shapiro is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He also serves as the university’s psychotherapy super-visor and director of the Integrated Psychotherapy/Psychopharmacology Service. His research on psychobiology and its approach to treating trauma, mood, and personality disorders has been presented at national and international conferences and his writing has appeared in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice; Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Journal of Physiology; and Ethics & Behavior. Joseph Fridman is professor and opera director at Alberta Music Academy in Edmonton. A concert pianist, vocal coach, and piano teacher, he has held teaching appointments at the Schools of Music for Gifted Children in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine, as well as the Pskov Music College.
Larry Vandervert is the owner of American Nonlinear Systems and a retired Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His areas of expertise include the neuro-sciences, psychology, creativity, innovation, giftedness, and science, and his research investigates the role of the cerebellum in learning and in the development of culture. He is the author or coauthor of more than fifty book chapters and articles appearimng in Child Prodigies in Music; The Routledge International Handbook of Innovation Edu-cation; International Handbook on Giftedness; The Journal of Mind and Behavior; and Cerebellum & Ataxias.