Speakers

Dr. Kelly Graling

Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants

Dr. Kelly Graling is the Clinical Director at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan, a group of internationally recognized mental health professionals who have pioneered and are experienced in delivering cutting edge treatments to the public, organizations, and professionals. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Graling trains and consults to numerous school districts, agencies, and corporations to implement CBT and DBT skills on a local, national, and international level. Dr. Graling supervises CBC staff, leads therapy groups, as well as conducts therapy for teens, young adults, and families.

Dr. Craig Bryan

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and an internationally recognized expert on suicide prevention, trauma, and resilience. He is the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and is the Division Director for Recovery and Resilience. Dr. Bryan’s research has been funded by a wide range of agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, the Boeing Company, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. He has published over 200 scientific articles and multiple books including Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention, and has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement, the Peter J.N. Linnerooth National Service Award, and the Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and the Edwin S Shneidman Award for outstanding contributions to research in suicide from the American Association of Suicidology.

Dr. Laurie Santos

Yale University

Dr. Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology and Head of Silliman Residential College at Yale University. Dr. Santos hosts the popular podcast, The Happiness Lab. Additionally, she is the director of the Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the Canine Cognition Center at Yale. She received her A.B. in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. Dr. Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices. She is also knowledgeable in how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life. Currently. the big project of Dr. Santos is to positively influence the culture of Yale University by teaching happiness and well-being. She created a course so meaningful that it became the most popular class taken at Yale in over 316 years. In her course, “Psychology and the Good Life,” Santos teaches her 1200 students about behavioral change through positive psychology. Dr. Santos wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less and increase social connections. She believes that those positive habits will decrease mental health issues on campus and create happier and more motivated students. From her research, Dr. Santos speaks to how we are biologically programmed to be motivated by sex, to be deeply influenced by other people — and to repeat our mistakes. And while Dr. Santos often uses subjects from the animal kingdom to help explain our sometimes-illogical behaviors, she also provides advice on how to engage our uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives. Dr. Santos is a winner of numerous awards for science, teaching, and mentorship to include the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research and from institutions such as the American Psychological Association. Dr. Santos has been featured in numerous news outlets including the New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, NPR, GQ Magazine, Slate, CNN and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has been featured as one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” young minds and was named TIME’s “Leading Campus Celebrity.” Her podcast, The Happiness Lab, launched in 2019 has over 35 million downloads.

Dr. Alan Peterson

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Alan L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist, Professor, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences within the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is the Director of the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. He is also Research Health Scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches and mentors doctoral students in the PhD program in Military Health Psychology. He completed a PhD in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Azrin, one of the founding fathers of behavior therapy. Dr. Peterson completed a clinical psychology residency (internship) and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Peterson retired from the U.S Air Force in 2005 after 21 years of active duty including service as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Director of the American Psychological Association-accredited Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. While on active duty, he deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has clinical and research experience in the areas of behavioral medicine, clinical health psychology, and combat-related stress disorders. Dr. Peterson has published more than 300 scientific manuscripts and given more than 500 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. He has completed more than 40 ultra-marathons ranging in distance from 50 kilometers to 100 miles.

Dr. Gregory Stewart

Tulane University School of Medicine

Gregory W. Stewart, MD is the Co-Founder and Co-Director, Tulane Center for Sport; W. Kennon McWilliams Professor of Sports Medicine in Orthopaedics; Chief, Section of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Tulane University. He specializes in sports medicine, physical medicine, rehab and age-related research of former NFL players and military veterans. Dr. Gregory W. Stewart is a nationally recognized expert in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in adults. He also specializes in disability prevention, rehabilitative medicine, sports medicine, and has a particular interest in sports concussion. Dr. Stewart is the director of the Sports Concussion Management Program and team physician at Tulane University. He has served as team physician for professional, collegiate and high school teams for more than 30 years. In addition to co-directing the Center for Sport, Dr. Stewart currently spends most of his time working with former professional athletes. As Medical Director of the Professional Athlete Care Team at Tulane University, he leads the NFL Benefits Neurological Care Program, NFL Player Care Foundation Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program, and the Trust (powered by the NFLPA) Brain and Body and Milestone Wellness Assessment programs. Dr. Stewart is active in professional associations in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He served as Chairman of the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was a major contributor to the successful passage of the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act. Dr. Stewart has also received funding from the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education to examine the effects of mild traumatic brain injury in high school football athletes.

Dr. Mary Alexis Iaccarino

Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD is an Assistant Professor of Brain Injury Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Iaccarino specializes in treating and rehabilitating people with the most clinically complex cases of sports concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and repetitive head trauma. She is board certified in physiatry and brain injury medicine. Dr. Iaccarino develops innovative care models to treat sport and military related concussion with a specific interest in sport and blast related traumatic brain injury. She directs the Clinical TBI and Brain Health Program at Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, supervises trainees in clinical care, and conducts clinical research in concussion. Dr. Iaccarino also serves as a concussion specialist for local colleges and as an independent neurotrauma consultant for the National Football League. She is known locally and nationally as an expert in treating patients with severe and complex symptomatology after TBI, particularly in professional football players in the MGH Brain and Body Program and military service members at Home Base. Her goal is to provide comprehensive, evidenced based brain injury care to veterans through multidisciplinary collaboration with psychology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, psychiatry, and other specialists. She specializes in the treatment of physical, cognitive, and behavioral deficits that occur after brain injury including headaches, pain, dizziness and vision symptoms, sleep difficulties, fatigue, concentration and memory problems.

Dr. Ross Zafonte

Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ross Zafonte is the Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, vice president of Medical Affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MGH. He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte is currently the national lead investigator on an eight-center National Institutes of Health multisite clinical trial for the treatment of traumatic brain injury – the largest clinical treatment trial in the history of North America. He is also a principal investigator on a Department of Defense clinical trials center evaluating novel treatments for TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Robin King, CEO

Navy SEAL Foundation

Robin King is the Chief Executive Officer for the Navy SEAL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that provides critical support for the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare (NSW). Ms. King has been with the Navy SEAL Foundation since its inception in July 2000, and in that time has served as Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Executive Director, and Interim Executive Director before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May of 2013. Her exemplary leadership and commitment to financial transparency and accountability have allowed the Foundation to grow from a small organization focused on scholarships and educational opportunities to a multi-faceted programmatic foundation with dozens of specialized programs and an annual program budget in the millions.

Ms. King executes the daily mission of the Navy SEAL Foundation from Coronado, California, home of Naval Special Warfare Command (WARCOM), SEAL Qualification Training and the headquarters of NSW. She leads a staff of over twenty employees located throughout the United States. Under her command, the Navy SEAL Foundation has consistently achieved and maintained the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator, a national charity watchdog organization, placing it ahead of 99.9% of all charities rated.

In August of 2019, Ms. King was awarded the prestigious United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Outstanding Civilian Service Medal which recognized her steadfast dedication and superior service to the NSW community including raising millions of dollars to fund programs touching the lives of tens of thousands of NSW warriors and families.

In 2017, Ms. King was awarded the USSOCOM Care Coalition Patriot Award. This distinguished award recognizes individuals and organizations who greatly support Special Operations Force (SOF) wounded warriors, their families, and surviving family members by providing significant and enduring contributions that benefit their care and recovery. She is the first nonprofit leader to receive this award.

Ms. King is a member of the Cohen Veterans Bioscience Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) which focuses on improving the quality of life for our nation’s veterans.

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