Related to: 'How Much Brain Do We Really Need?'

Robinson

Growing Up Happy

Alexia Barrable, Jenny Barnett
Authors:
Alexia Barrable, Jenny Barnett

Alex Blaszczynski

ALEX BLASZCZYSNKI is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Director of its Gambling Treatment Clinic, and Chair, Responsible Gambling Research Group. He is editor-in-chief of International Gambling Studies.

Alexis Willett

Dr Alexis Willett is a science communicator who spends much of her time turning cutting-edge research and health policy jargon into something meaningful for patients, doctors, policy makers and the public. She is often called upon to help influence decision makers, from governments to funding bodies, across the UK and Europe. She has a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Cambridge and, since her partner is a psychiatrist, is used to having her daily conversations dominated by brain-related facts.

Jenny Barnett

Dr Jenny Barnett is a neuroscientist and psychologist interested in the genetic and environmental causes of brain health and mental illness. Having trained at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities, Jenny has authored more than 50 scientific publications on topics ranging from new treatments for schizophrenia to the economic impact of dementia. She now works at the intersection of academic and industrial research, designing new technologies to help detect, diagnose and treat brain disorders. Her first book, Growing Up Happy, with Alexia Barrable, was published by Robinson in 2016.

John D. Preston

John Preston, PsyD, is a board certified psychologist and the author of ten books including Survivors, You Can Beat Depression, Integrative Brief Therapy, and Life is Hard (audio). He is on the faculty of Alliant University and the University of California, Davis, Medical School. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association's President's Award for contributions to the mental health community. Dr. Preston has lectured widely in North America and abroad.

John L. Casti

John L. Casti is a member of the faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and a professor at the Technical University of Vienna. He divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Vienna.

Kimberly Arcand

Kimberly Arcand is the visualization lead for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, specializing in image and meaning research, and in data representation. She lives near Providence, RI.

Mandy Bryon

Dr Mandy Bryon is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology and Play Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. Mandy has worked as the psychologist for the cystic fibrosis team since 1990. She lectures extensively within the UK and internationally on psychosocial aspects of childhood illness, particularly cystic fibrosis, to professional and parent audiences. Mandy has presented to national and international audiences at cystic fibrosis conferences. Mandy has conducted research into the psychological impact of childhood illness, particularly sibling relationships, adherence to treatment, attachment, eating disorders and body image disturbance in cystic fibrosis and has authored a number of academic papers for peer-reviewed journals.

Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman is a mental health coach and human centered design workshop facilitator based in Toronto. He has taught Shakespeare's plays in Korea, tended gardens in Spain, filmed an Arabic-language documentary on youth employment in Cairo, and facilitated strategy workshops for executives at multiple Fortune 500 companies. After recovering from several mental illness diagnoses, he now focuses on leveraging technology and design to help others navigate the complex changes necessary to improve and maintain great mental health and fitness. He is the co-founder of the online mental health community, EVERYBODY HAS A BRAIN, and he is a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar. His favourite past-times include sitting and breathing.

Mark van Vugt

Mark van Vugt is Professor of Evolutionary, Work and Organizational Psychology at VU University, and research associate at Oxford University. He is the author of the international success Leadership (2011), and a regular contributor to national and international media channels such as the BBC, Channel Four, ABC, CNN, Nature, New Scientist, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Van Vugt is also consulting editor of various psychology journals.

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an award-winning science and medical writer and author of Superbug and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (named one of the top ten science books of 2004 by Amazon). She currently works as a contributing writer for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and is a media fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and has also studied at Harvard Medical School. She lives in Minneapolis.

Matthew McKay

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area.

Megan Watzke

Megan Watzke is the press officer for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, specializing in communicating astronomy with the public. She lives in Seattle, WA..

Michael Boulter

Previously Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of East London and head of a team analysing Fossil Record 2, the largest database of information on extinct animals and plants, Mike Boulter is a distinguished scientist. He is the author of Extinction and currently works at the Natural History Museum. He has been secretary and editor for the International Organisation of Palaeobotany for the past 20 years.

Michael Gradisar

Dr Michael Gradisar is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in Clinical Child Psychology in the School of Psychology at Flinders University, Australia. He is the Director of the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University, which is where hundreds of school-aged children (and their parents) have sought strategies to help children sleep better through the night - without their parents. Through this role he has also been responsible for the training of a number of trainee clinical psychologists, to increase the number of psychologists who can effectively treat childhood sleep problems. Michael has published over 60 scientific papers in the field of sleep, including clinical trials on cognitive behavioural treatments for childhood sleep problems. Michael and his team of researchers and psychologists have presented their work at national and international conferences and have provided workshops on childhood sleep to psychologists across Australia.

Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full-time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Depression and was previously Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Head of Specialty, Adult Mental Health for the Southern Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He is currently based at the Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby.

Penny Titman

Dr Penny Titman is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has worked in general and specialist paediatric services, as well as child mental health settings, for over 20 years. She has particular expertise in stem cell transplant and immunology and has published several academic papers in this field. In addition she is the author of Understanding Childhood Eczema, a book for parents of children with eczema, and co-author with Melinda Edwards of Promoting Psychological Well-being in Children with Acute and Chronic Illness.

Rachel Hiller

Dr Rachel Hiller is a clinical psychologist and researcher in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Bath. Rachel previously worked as a psychologist at the Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic in South Australia, where she specialised in cognitive behaviour therapy treatments for childhood sleep disorders. Rachel has researched, worked clinically, and taught postgraduate workshops on childhood sleep problems, in both Australia and the UK, presented her work at national and international conferences and run parent-training workshops on improving children's sleep. Her research and clinical interests on sleep span identifying cognitive processes responsible for maintaining poor sleep, adapting cognitive behavioural sleep treatments for children with developmental disabilities and how sleep problems may impact the development, maintenance and treatment efficacy of other childhood mental health problems, including general anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist renowned throughout the world. He was educated at Oxford and taught zoology before becoming the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, in 1995. His previous books rank among the most influential intellectual works of our time. They include THE SELFISH GENE (1976), RIVER OUT OF EDEN (1995), and UNWEAVING THE RAINBOW (1999).