Tina Payne Bryson


Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the author of the Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over fifty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The … Read More

John O’Donohue


(In Memoriam) Poet, philosopher, scholar, and spiritually awake human being, John O’Donohue passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep on January 3, 2008. After retiring from the priesthood in 2000, John spent years as a full-time writer, an international speaker and advocate for social justice, and an inspiration to many. His presence on the advisory board of GAINS kept … Read More

Iain McGilchrist


Dr. Iain McGilchrist began his academic career as a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, teaching and writing about English literature. He published a book, Against Criticism, which tried to articulate his misgivings about the academic study of literature, in particular the neglect of the way in which we as individual, embodied beings encounter the unique, incarnate work of art. … Read More

Jaak Panksepp


(In Memoriam) Jaak Panksepp holds the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science in the Neuroscience Program of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. His research has pioneered the neuroscientific study of primary-process emotions in mammals. He coined the term “affective neuroscience” as … Read More

Ross Ungerleider


Ross Ungerleider, M.D., M.B.A., is known for his innovations and his expertise as a pediatric heart surgeon, changing many lives with his healing hands and compassionate manner. He has created nationally renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgery programs, and is now doing so at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, as chief of the pediatric cardiovascular surgery team … Read More

James Finley


James Finley lived as a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where he studied under the Christian monk and author Thomas Merton. He leads silent, contemplation focused retreats throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California, and is presently writing … Read More

Patty Wipfler


Patty Wipfler is the mother of two sons, and the Founder and Director of Hand in Hand, a nonprofit organization serving parents and professionals working with parents and children. She has written two curricula for parents, “Building Emotional Understanding” and “Tantrum Training,” written booklets that have sold over 600,000 copies in ten languages, and trains parents and professionals in Parenting … Read More

Eugene V. Beresin


Eugene V. Beresin, M.D. is an internationally known psychiatry educator and clinician, and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital consolidated residency training program. He is the director the patient-doctor program that introduces reflective practice to medical students just setting out on their journey toward becoming healers. Dr. Beresin has been a … Read More

Diana Fosha


Diana Fosha, Ph.D. is the innovator of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). Her work has centered around transformational processes in experiential psychotherapy and their connection to the discoveries of neuroscience, leading her to develop the methods of dyadic affect regulation and metaprocessing that are embodied in AEDP. The author of numerous articles and chapters on transformation and trauma, she is … Read More

Diane Ackerman


Diane Ackerman shares her sense of wonder and skills as a researcher, creating absorbing and lyrical journeys into the natural world. An internationally renowned and award winning author, her acclaimed nonfiction works include A Natural History of the Senses; An Alchemy of Mind; Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden; The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story; and Deep Play. … Read More