Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Miami and a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin, her M.D. from the University of Miami, and her residency training at Stanford.
Gail has 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, is current President of the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, is past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society and is a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors predicting longevity, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and treatments for recovery from traumatic events.
Finally, Gail set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional and newer approaches to treatment. Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors (such as spirituality, compassion, meaning, positive affect, optimism, and emotional expression) and health, and recovery from trauma.
Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the “Indiana Jones of positive psychology” because his research on happiness, empathy and other topics has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel. Robert’s interest in happiness focuses on culture, material simplicity, and public policy. He has written more than 50 scholarly articles on these topics and is author of eight books including Happiness (2008), The Courage Quotient (2012), and The Upside of Your Dark Side (2015).
Robert is also a leading authority on positive psychology coaching and widely recognized as a pioneering voice in this field. Robert occupies a unique position in the world of positive psychology as he is both a published researcher and a practicing ICF certified coach. He regulatory trains professionals around the world in the application of positive psychology. His clients have included Standard Chartered Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Australian Department of Defense, Deloitte, and many others.
Sara Blanchard helps communities build connection through conscious conversations. As a writer, facilitator, TEDx speaker, and happiness consultant, Sara holds safe spaces for individuals and groups to connect authentically. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and taught positive psychology at Harvard, she speaks the language of traditional accomplishment, but for over 10 years, Sara has also pursued the science and techniques of wellbeing as a life coach, mother, and author of Flex Mom. She now bridges the gap between the serious mission of supporting success, and the lighthearted yet impactful actions that build quality relationships, meaning, and happiness in our lives.