GAINS Advisory Board

Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., LMFT

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

Louis Cozolino, Ph.D.

Marco Iacoboni, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Pat Ogden, Ph.D.

Diana Fosha, Ph.D.

Diane Ackerman

Carl D. Marci, M.D., M.A.

Eugene V. Beresin, M.D., M.A.

Patty Wipfler

James Finley, Ph.D.

Ross Ungerleider, M.D., M.B.A.

Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D.

Iain McGilchrist, B.M., M.A., FRCPsych

John O'Donohue, Ph.D. (in memoriam)

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Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies

Welcome! The Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the science, practice, and application of interpersonal neurobiology to promote health and wellbeing. We are an inclusive, international community bringing our understanding of minds, brains, and relationship into healthcare, education, leadership, research, parenting, and more.

GAINS is excited to share The Invisible Classroom, by Kirke Olson - this wonderful book is the newest publication by one of our advisory or working board members, and one of the first publications in the new Norton Series edited by GAINS Advisory Board member Louis Cozolino:

book cover The Invisible Classroom

Relationships, Neuroscience & Mindfulness in School

The Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education

Kirke Olson (Author)
With a Foreword by Louis Cozolino

Here's a brief overview, from excerpts of testimonials for the book that were written by GAINS Advisory board members:

Drawing on his decades of experience, the author highlights the crucial importance of connection before curriculum as the optimal way to prime the brain for learning, sharing both theory and rich stories of teachers and students working together. What a gift!” — Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT, author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology

Kirke Olson has created a wonderful immersion for educators to understand how the social brain is shaped by relationships and the experiences provided within the learning environment. Not only will you be filled with useful information and transformative knowledge about how we learn, but also the practical tools to wisely create an effective and rewarding experience for both student and teacher alike!” — Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author, The Mindful Brain and Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology; Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine


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Member Benefits

Join us as we aspire to embody and nurture a kinder, more compassionate world.

Our GAINS community offers the following services:

  • a web-based directory of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) practitioners
  • a published ejournal focused on applying IPNB and on expanding its conceptual horizons
  • quarterly teleconferences dedicated to applications of IPNB
  • an ongoing listing of upcoming IPNB-related events and resources
  • a forum for individuals to connect with others who are using IPNB principles and concepts in their personal and professional lives


GAINS Board of Directors

Debra Pearce-McCall, Ph.D.
Journal Co-Editor

Mary Meador, M.D.
Education & Conferences
Membership & Outreach

Connie Lawrence, M.S.W., LSW, C.E.T. II
Membership & Outreach
Education & Conferences

Lynda Klau, Ph.D.
Membership & Outreach

Orli Peter, Ph.D.
Education & Conferences

Lynn Redenbach, RPN, M.A., RCC
Membership & Outreach
Website Committee

Lauren Culp, LMFT

Steve Gioielli, M.A.
Student Representative
Membership & Outreach

Jessi LaCosta, M.A., BCC
Education & Conferences
Website Committee

Kirke Olson, Psy.D.

Richard Hill, M.A., M.Ed.
International Services