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Faculty

Faculty

Julie Silver

Julie Silver, MD
Physician, Course Director

Dr. Silver is a physician, an award-winning writer and an editor whose latest book is You Can Heal Yourself (St. Martin's Press). She is Chief Editor of Books at Harvard Health Publications and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Today Show, CBS Early Show, ABC News Now, AARP Radio and NPR. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Parade and other newspapers and magazines.

Susan Aiello

Susan Aiello, DVM, ELS
Editor, Writer

Dr. Aiello is a professional editor and writer who has extensive teaching experience in training health writers. She has studied publication management and journalism and is a board-certified editor in the life sciences. She is an award-winning trainer who encourages collaborative book development. She has over 20 years experience in publishing and has appeared on national television and radio. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Merck Veterinary Manual and is currently serving as President of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences.

Regina Brooks

Regina Brooks
Literary Agent

Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Writer's Digest magazine named Serendipity Literary Agency as one of the top 25 literary agencies. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titles Writing Great Books for Young Adults (Source Books) and You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell and Market Your Memoir (St. Martin's Press), has edited over 100 titles, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. She has been highlighted in global media and TV outlets including ABC News, CW, Forbes, Poets and Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, Media Bistro, Essence, Ebony, Writers Digest Magazine, Jet, Uptown Magazine, and Rolling Out. She was named Woman of the Year by The National Association of Professional Women. Brooks is also the founder of Possibiliteas, a tea company that develops tea blends for creative minds. She is a pilot and a member of the Association of Writer Representatives and New York Women in Film and Television.

Shelly Carson

Shelley Carson
Psychologist, Author, Lecturer, Researcher

Dr. Carson is the author of Your Creative Brain (Jossey- Bass). She teaches and conducts research at Harvard where she has won teaching awards for her course Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses and Harvard Students. Her work has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, BBC and NPR. She blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post.

Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen
Educator, Author

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of four works of narrative nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and four novels, most recently The Grief of Others. She holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross and is on the faculty at Lesley University's MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her blog, Love As A Found Object, was inspired by her mother's ovarian cancer diagnosis. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

Suzanne Koven, MD

Suzanne Koven, MD
Physician, Writer

Suzanne Koven, MD is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She writes the monthly column "In Practice" for The Boston Globe and a weekly blog by the same name at boston.com. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe Books section, Psychology Today, The Rumpus.net, and elsewhere. Her first book, Say Hello to a Better Body: Weight Loss and Fitness for Women Over 50, was released in May, 2012.

Martha Murphy

Martha Murphy
Author, Editor, Book Coach

Ms. Murphy is an award-winning writer, editor, and book coach specializing in health, self-help, how-to, cookbooks, and memoir. In addition to assisting writers with book proposals, book manuscripts, and magazine articles, she has designed successful promotion campaigns, including landing a new author on Good Morning America. With her help, attendees of this conference have found representation with top agents and been published by major houses including Penguin, Hazelden, and Johns Hopkins University Press. Her in-depth knowledge of the publishing world and expertise as a professional writer have helped her clients write books that have attracted the attention of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Public Radio.

Elizabeth Rider

Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD
Physician, Writer, Editor

Dr. Rider is an expert on narrative medical writing and the senior author of the book A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies. She is a successful course graduate who has won multiple writing awards. She is an editor for the journals Patient Education and Counseling and Medical Encounter and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, MD
Physician, Writer

Carolyn Roy-Bornstein is the Writer of the memoir Crash: A Mother, a Son and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude published by Globe Pequot Press. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in JAMA, Yale Journal of Medical Humanities, The Writer, Brain, Child, Literary Mama, The Examined Life and in several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

Ronald Schouten

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD
Writer, Physician, Attorney

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD is the Director of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has served as a teacher, consultant to organizations, and expert witness in both civil and criminal matters. Dr. Schouten practiced employment law in Chicago before attending medical school and has combined his legal and medical training to provide consultation and training to a wide variety of groups and individuals. Dr. Schouten is Forensic Column Co-Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry and a Past President of the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the co-author of Almost a Psychopath published by Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications in 2012.

Rusty Shelton

Rusty Shelton
Literary Publicist / Web Strategist

Mr. Shelton is the founder of Shelton Interactive, a digital PR agency that uses social media to help authors and publishers build relationships with media, readers and colleagues online. He is an expert on the professional use of social media.

Joseph Shrand

Joseph Shrand, MD
Physician, Writer

Dr. Joseph Shrand is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), a brand new intervention unit for at-risk teens, which is part of the highly respected High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. Dr. Shrand is triple Board certified in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Currently he also teaches psychiatry residents-in-training as a member of the Brockton VA staff, and has been an Assistant Child Psychiatrist on the medical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shrand has served as Medical Director of the Child and Adolescent outpatient program at McLean Hospital, has run several inpatient psychiatric units, and was until recently the Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for High Point Treatment Centers in Plymouth. He is also the Medical Director of Road to Responsibility, a community based program that tends to adults with significant developmental disability and serves on various boards involved in national mental health issues as well as global fair-trade concerns. He helped to design the Independence Academy, the first sober high school on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and currently sits on the steering committee. Dr. Shrand routinely gives lectures on Theory of Mind and its application to re-conceptualize the behaviors of patients. Among colleagues and staff, he is affectionately called "Doctor Joe," as he was "Joe" in the original children's cast of the PBS series ZOOM. His book Manage your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World is now available in bookstores and online at amazon.com.

James Silver

James Silver, JD
Attorney, Writer

James Silver, JD is a Harvard Law School graduate who has been both a federal prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. As an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC and a criminal defense attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, he has tried cases spanning the gamut of criminal charges from shoplifting to first-degree murder, and has argued numerous criminal appeals, including cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Several cases he has worked on received extensive media coverage, including the child kidnapping case of Clark Rockefeller. He is on the faculty at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts where he teaches Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Almost a Psychopath is his second book. He also wrote The Crime Junkie's Guide to Criminal Law. He has a blog on PsychologyToday.com and is a former columnist for Worcester Magazine. He has appeared on regional and national TV shows including WCBV Boston Channel 5 News, The Today Show and CNN.com. His articles have been published in many magazines and newspapers.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener
Writer, Book Writing Instructor, Book Proposal Editor

Lisa Tener is a published author whose book writing program has won numerous awards. Her clients are published with Simon and Schuster, Charles Scribner and Sons, Random House, Yale University Press and many others. She blogs on publishing for the Huffington Post as well as on her own book writing/publishing blog. A graduate of MIT's Sloan School of Management, Lisa specializes in helping doctors, therapists and other healing professionals write and publish a compelling how-to book, self-help book or memoirs - and takes them step-by-step through her unique, Stevie Award-winning process, which includes book and book proposal writing and the platform building necessary for successful publication.

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Workshop Instructors, Oral Book Pitch Judges and Other Publishing Professionals

Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett
Editorial Director

Julie Bennett is editorial director at the West Coast-based Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House, Inc. Ten Speed is a lifestyle nonfiction publisher specializing in cooking, health and nutrition, parenting, gardening, career and business, and humor titles. Among its successes are authoritative cookbooks like The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, the inspiring Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson, the award-winning Cancer-Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz, and health-focused guides like The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam and The Acid Reflux Solution by Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD. Ten Speed has also made its mark in the health category with authoritative and comprehensive guides like The Definitive Guide to Cancer by Lise N. Alschuler, ND, and Karolyn A. Gazella; Staying Healthy with Nutrition and The Detox Diet by Elson M. Haas, MD; Smart at Heart by Malissa Wood, MD, and Dimity McDowell; and The PCOS Diet Plan by Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD. Prior to joining Ten Speed, Julie worked at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency in San Diego, CA.

Deborah Brody

Deborah Brody
Editorial Director

Deborah Brody is editorial director of nonfiction publishing at Harlequin Books. Prior to joining Harlequin in 2007, she worked as an editor at McGraw-Hill, Henry Holt, and Dutton. Over her more than twenty-year career in publishing, she has edited a wide range of bestselling health, diet, fitness, parenting, and narrative nonfiction titles.

Trisha Calvo

Trisha Calvo
Executive Editor

Trisha Calvo is a writer and editor who has worked on both books and magazines. She was the executive editor at Shape, the articles editor at Fitness, and an executive editor at Rebus, Inc., a book-packaging company. At Rodale, she has edited such titles as The Carb Sensitivity Program by Natasha Turner ND, A World Without Cancer, by Margaret Cuomo MD, 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without by Lori Powell and the editors of Prevention, and the upcoming Thinfluence by Walter Willet MD and Malissa Wood MD. Trisha specializes in health, nutrition, weight loss, and fitness.

Debbie Carvalko

Debbie Carvalko
Senior Acquisitions Editor

Debbie Carvalko is Senior Acquisitions Editor at Praeger Publishers, an imprint of ABC-Clio based in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a veteran journalist who contracts general interest nonfiction books focused on psychology/self-help and medical/health topics and issues in social work/social welfare.

Karen Chernyaev

Karen Chernyaev
Editorial Consultant

Karen Chernyaev has been a writer and editor for twenty-five years. She has worked on all types of nonfiction, ranging from children's books to consumer health titles. Karen worked at Lerner Publications and Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services and as a freelancer before signing on as editorial consultant at Sunrise River Press. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School Of Journalism, Karen has written hundreds of newspaper articles and is a published author of twenty books under various pen names.

Marnie Cochran

Marnie Cochran
Executive Editor

Marnie Cochran is Executive Editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. She started her career more than twenty years ago at Houghton Mifflin's trade and reference division in Boston, and was also Executive Editor at the Perseus Books Group's Da Capo Press and Da Capo Lifelong Books. She has always edited non-fiction with a focus on both narrative and prescriptive books on parenting, pregnancy, health and wellness, diet, fitness, education, women's issues, self-help, and popular science.

Jeff Csatari

Jeff Csatari
Executive Editor

Jeff Csatari is the executive editor of Men's Health & Rodale books at Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, Pa. A health journalist for the past 20 years, he is the author of The Belly Off! Diet; Your Best Body at 40+, The New Abs Diet Cookbook, with David Zinczenko, The Men's Health and Women's Health Big Book of Sex, and The Belly Off! Workouts, just released in 2013. In 2010, he co-authored Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts of America, with his father the artist Joseph Csatari. Csatari specializes in fitness and health "service" journalism and primarily develops and edits Men's Health and Women's Health branded books. He has recently edited: Testosterone Transformation; The Doctors Book of Weight-Loss Remedies; The Men's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts; The New Abs Diet; and 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar. A longtime editor for Men's Health magazine, he has launched three magazines and written for such publications as Men's Journal, Prevention, Popular Science, The New York Times, USA Today, Women's Health, Women's Day, Boys' Life, Scouting, and Parade.

 

Patrick Fitzgerald
Publisher

Patrick Fitzgerald is publisher in science and medicine at Columbia University Press. He has over 30 years experience in academic and scientific publishing across scholarly, text, and serious trade titles.

Jeanne Fredericks

Jeanne Fredericks
Literary Agent

Jeanne Fredericks established her own literary agency in 1997 after working with Susan P. Urstadt, Inc. for seven years as an agent and acting director. Previously she rose up the editorial side of trade book publishing while earning an MBA in marketing at NYU Graduate School of Business Administration. Jeanne represents over 150 quality adult nonfiction books by experts in their fields, including a winner of the IPPY Award for Best Health / Nutrition / Medical Book of the Year, and several that she discovered at this conference, including The Creativity Cure by Drs. Carrie and Alton Barron. She favors health books that offer fresh, practical information by authoritative authors with media experience.

John Hanc

John Hanc
Author

John Hanc is a writer specializing in fitness, health, active sports and history. A long-time contributor to Newsday and a contributing editor to Runner's World magazine, his work also appears in The New York Times, Family Circle, Smithsonian and Yoga Journal. Hanc's latest book, The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History of the Boston Athletic Association, chronicles the 125-year history of the B.A.A. - organizers of the Boston Marathon - and was published by Skyhorse in December, 2012. His previous book Not Dead Yet (St. Martin's Press), the memoir of Type 1 diabetic bike racer Phil Southerland, won an award in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the 2012 American Society of Journalists and Writers (ASJA) writing competition. It was the second ASJA award for Hanc, whose previous books include The Coolest Race on Earth, Running for Dummies, The Essential Runner and - published in 2012 under the HHP imprimatur - Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life, which was written with Margaret Moore and Dr. Paul Hammerness. His first e-book, The Making of a Harvard Surgeon, was scheduled to be published by HHP in winter, 2013. Hanc is also an Associate Professor of Journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he received his master's degree at the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Linda Konner

Linda Konner
Literary Agent

Linda Konner is a literary agent and president of the New York-based Linda Konner Literary Agency. She represents approximately 80 nonfiction clients, who include such individuals and organizations as Harvard Health Publications, "Biggest Loser" Matt Hoover, Broadway composer Charles Strouse, Jet Blue co-founder Ann Rhoades, comedienne Phyllis Diller, Congresswomen Loretta and Linda Sanchez, and "Southern Plate" author/blogger Christy Jordan.

Albert LaFarge

Albert LaFarge, PhD
Literary Agent

Albert LaFarge, PhD, runs the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency, which he founded in 2003. The agency specializes in general nonfiction, from documentary history to narrative journalism, and also handles the literary estates of George V. Higgins and others. LaFarge is the editor of anthologies including Minding the Store: Great Writing about Business, from Tolstoy to Now (with Robert Coles; New Press, 2008) and The Essential William H. Whyte (Fordham University Press, 2000). Formerly a book editor in New York and deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine, LaFarge has published articles in American Way, Antiques & the Arts Weekly, CommonWealth, and The New York Times, and has been interviewed twice on CNN. LaFarge has taught literature and editing at Harvard College, Harvard University Extension School, Boston University, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design. He and his wife, an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, divide their time between Boston and Martha's Vineyard.


Paula Munier

Paula Munier
Literary Agent

Paula Munier is a Literary Agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services. She has broad experience creating and marketing exceptional content in all formats across all markets for such media giants as Disney, Gannett, Greenspun Media Group, and Quayside. She began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire. Her specialties include mystery/thriller, SF/fantasy, romance, YA, memoir, humor, pop culture, health & wellness, cooking, self-help, pop psych, New Age, inspirational, technology, science, and writing. A well-published journalist, author, copywriter, and ghostwriter, Paula has penned countless new stories, articles, essays, collateral, and blogs, as well as authoring/co-authoring more than a dozen books, including Fixing Freddie, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and A Miscellany of Murder.


Liz Neporent

Liz Neporent
Writing Instructor

Liz Neporent is a columnist and blogger for Shape Magazine and a contributor to ABC News online including her influential Reporter's Notebook series which covers diverse subjects as Children and Energy Drinks and Obesity in Fruit Flies. She is also a regular contributor to dozens of other websites, publications and national media outlets. As a writing and health expert consultant she has written several books for HHP including The Winner's Brain with authors Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske and the upcoming Harvard Medical School's Guide to Managing Migraines. In fact, Liz is author or co-author of more than 15 books including Fitness For Dummies, now in its 4th edition and Weight Training for Dummies, currently in its 3rd edition. Neporent brings a strong science background, authority and a sense of fun to all of her work as noted with her wildly popular AOL posts about topics such as Naked Yoga, Barefoot Running and Weight Loss Ice Pants. She holds a masters degree in exercise physiology from New York University and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, where she served on the board of directors for six years and now serves on the emeritus board and as a national spokesperson. She is the fitness and social media advisor for The Hudson Valley Women's Health Initiative, a charitable organization dedicated to educating people about medical, health and fitness issues.


Jean Thomson Black

Jean Thomson Black
Executive Editor, science and medicine

Jean E. Thomson Black oversees the science, medicine, and environmental publishing program at Yale University Press, where she has, since 1990, developed a prize-winning and best-selling list of trade, scholarly, professional, reference, and course books in the life, physical, and environmental sciences, as well as consumer health, history of science and medicine, and the medical humanities, and bioethics. In 2004, the Press launched Yale University Press Health & Wellness, an imprint for consumer health books.

Jacqueline Wehmueller

Jacqueline Wehmueller
Executive Editor

Jacqueline Wehmueller is Executive Editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press, where she directs the book programs in consumer health, the history of medicine, and psychiatry and psychology. Books published under the imprint "A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book" have provided comprehensive health information to patients and families for twenty years. Her authors and books have been generously recognized with reviews, awards, and outstanding sales.





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BOOKS WRITTEN BY PAST COURSE ATTENDEES

Click here for a listing of the books in PDF format.

Career Opportunities in Clinical Research

Rebecca J. Anderson

Rebecca J. Anderson has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years in jobs spanning pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and contract research organizations. As a hiring manager in all of these organizations, she has reviewed and screened thousands of applicants for clinical research positions. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Georgetown University and was an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Prior to her career in industry, she conducted basic research in pharmacology and toxicology and served on the faculties of the George Washington University Medical Center and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Rebecca currently works as a freelance writer.

The Impact of Complex Trauma on Development

Cheryl Arnold, Ph.D.

Cheryl Arnold, Ph.D. is a psychologist and educator who has treated traumatized adults from across the United States. Ralph Fisch, Ph.D., has a rich background in teaching and research, forensic evaluations, and clinical practice. Both are psychologists in private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Arnold attended Julie Silver's course twice, most recently in March, 2010. The course was informative and supportive, and provided the encouragement needed to successfully publish The Impact of Complex Trauma on Development.

Living with Crohn's and Colitis

Dede Cummings

Dede Cummings has personal experience with Crohn's disease. After her most recent hospital stay and surgery for Crohn's disease in 2006, she began to hike Vermont's 273-mile Long Trail in one week sections, beginning to realize a long-term goal that had been put off due to illness.

Patient Sedation without Medication

Dr. Elvira Lang

Dr. Elvira Lang is an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the interventional radiology division and director of the Nonpharmacologic Analgesia Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Since observing how hypnosis enabled a panicked Vietnam veteran to lie down on the surgery table nearly two decades ago, she has dedicated her medical career to assuring that every patient who can benefit can have procedural hypnosis. Towards this goal, she built a substantive, federally funded research program and demonstrated in three large-scale prospective randomized studies with more than 700 patients that hypnosis on the procedure table reduces pain, anxiety, drug use, and complications. This work has provided much of the evidence-based foundation for widespread acceptance of procedural hypnosis.

Confessions of a Surgeon

Dr. Paul Ruggieri

Dr. Paul Ruggieri is an active general surgeon, specializing in laparoscopic and thyroid surgery, in private practice in southeastern Massachusetts. He has also written several other patient oriented books on thyroid disease, colorectal cancer, and what to expect before an operation.

Something to Prove
Something to Prove

Dr. Yvonne Thornton

Dr. Yvonne Thornton is a double Board-certified perinatal consultant in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine. She is Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College in New York. She is the author of the national bestselling book entitled, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters", which was first published in 1995 and has never been out of print. Dr. Thornton has authored two other books: a medical text entitled, "Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist" and a woman's health book, "Woman to Woman". Her new memoir, "Something to Prove," will be released in December, 2010 and chronicles her life as a wife, mother and full-time practicing obstetrician in an academic medical center.

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DIXIE FREMONT-SMITH COSKIE

lives in Upton, MA, and is a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and an advocate for children and the disabled. Dixie attended Pine Manor College and has worked as a teacher’s aide at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Deaf and at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton, Massachusetts, working with emotionally challenged children. Dixie speaks at schools, camps, head injury programs, and trauma centers on the reality, consequences, and survival of traumatic brain injury.





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JANET CRAIN

a dentist by profession and a shopping expert by desire, answers this question and many more in her first book "If you want an egg roll, get out of the pizzeria." A few years ago, when her life hit some major obstacles including divorce, unemployment, cancer, and the death of a family friend, she developed her shopping theory - equating every relationship to a metaphoric store where you go to get your emotional needs met. This metaphor applies to relationships with friends, family, health, wealth, self, and God.

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JULIA SCHLAM EDELMAN, MD, FACOG

is a physician, educator, and author of Menopause Matters: Your Guide to a Long and Healthy Life. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience in a solo gynecology practice, and enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellow clinicians. She is a past course attendee, a clinical instructor at both Harvard and Brown medical schools, and is active in several medical societies. The North American Menopause Society named Dr. Edelman their 2010 Menopause Practitioner of the Year.

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THOMAS E. WILLIAMS, JR., MD, PhD

is clinical associate professor of surgery in the division of cardio-thoracic surgery at Ohio State University.

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GLORIA BARSAMIAN

is a retired social worker and medical health specialist from the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA.




 

SETH EICHLER

is Chairman of the Adult Psychotherapy Program, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical Center. He has practiced psychotherapy for over twenty-five years. He is Training and Supervising Analyst at NYU Psychoanalytic Institute and Instructor in both the Psychoanalytic Program and the Adult psychotherapy Program. He is a past President of the Long Island Psychoanalytic Society and also teaches at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is the author of articles on psychoanalytic issues and psychiatric education and has been published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and other professional journals.

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ALAN EPPEL

is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and Director of Community Psychiatry Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has practiced clinical psychiatry for over 30 years with special interests in Attachment, Suicide, Bipolar disorder and Borderline Personality.

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ROSEMARY LAIRD, MD, MHSA

is a geriatrician who specializes in the care of patients and caregivers facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She serves as medical director for The Health First Aging Institute, a component of a community-based integrated health system in Melbourne Florida. In partnership with the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, she directs a caregiver resource and support center called Leeza’s Place. Dr. Laird is a 1991 graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine.



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DR. KRISTINE BERTINI

is a clinical psychologist and Director of Health and Counseling Services at the University of Southern Maine. She is the Chair of the University Task Force on Suicide Intervention and a member of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Bertini currently has a contract for a second book, Strength for the Sandwich Generation, and is working on an illustrated children’s book with her young step daughters, Nightmares. Dr. Bertini lives in Kennebunk, Maine with her husband, stepdaughters, elderly parents and herd of cats.

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SARAH ALLEN BENTON

is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at a college in Boston, where she is co-leader of an alcohol skills training program directed to help problem drinkers. She previously held several counselor positions at McLean Psychiatric Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In an earlier career, in television, Benton produced segments for the Disney Channel in California, a CBS affiliate in Denver, and an NBC affiliate in Boston. Benton is a member of an alcohol recovery program and has remained sober since 2004. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University.

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ANDREW WERCHNIAK

lives in Hampton Falls, NH. He is a dermatologist on the teaching faculty at both Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School, specializing in skin cancer. He is the Director of the Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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JILL GRIMES, MD

is in private practice at West Lake Family Practice in Austin, TX. She was a President’s Endowed Scholar at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1987, and obtained her medical degree is from Baylor College of Medicine, 1991. She is a contributing author and editorial board member of the 5 Minute Clinical Consult Textbook.

Refuse to Regain: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned

DR. BARBARA BERKELEY

is an internist who has specialized in the treatment of obesity since 1988. She is Director of Weight Management Services at Lake Hospital System in Cleveland, Ohio and has a private specialty practice, Weight Management Partners. She is an alumna of the 2007 Harvard Writer’s Course which led to the publication of her book Refuse to Regain: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned (Quilldriver, 2008).

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RHONDA L. HAMILTON, MD, MPH

is an Internist and Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is also Medical Director of Bariatric Quality and Physician Coordinator for the Bariatric Program at Winchester Hospital in Massachusetts. Hamilton also holds a master’s degree in public health from Tufts Medical School. Her professional and personal lives collided when she herself decided to undergo weight loss surgery. As a result of that life-altering experience, she spends much of her time explaining and advocating for the potentially lifesaving procedure.

Confessions of a Former Child

DAN TOMASULO

is a psychologist, psychodrama trainer and writer on faculty at New Jersey City University and formerly a visiting faculty member on fellowship at Princeton University. He has gained international recognition for development of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy and is on the editorial board for the journal Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities. He is the recipient of both the Innovator’s and Scholar’s Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, and is the author of Action Methods in Group Psychotherapy as well as numerous articles on group dynamics. In addition to a Ph.D. in psychology he holds an MFA from the New School and is winner of their 2004 Chapbook Award for creative nonfiction. His memoir, Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist’s Memoir, was recently published by Graywolf.

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DOUG DIX

is Professor of Biology and Medical Technology at the University of Hartford. His research publications focus on cancer, clinical decision analysis, and the meaning of life. For many years, he directed federal grant-supported research on elementary science education in Hartford, CT.

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MARGARET THOMAS

has been providing child care in her Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for over 45 years.





Lisa Dobberteen MD, F.A.A.P

is a pediatrician at the Cambridge Health Alliance, director of School Health Services for the Cambridge (Ma) Public Health Department, and assistant professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her own children, when small, were cared for in family day care by an extraordinary woman, Margaret Thomas. Margaret, now retired after over 40 years as a family day care provider and her husband Richard, enjoying his 2nd career in retirement as a writer, were co-authors for this book which grew out of their warm friendship and shared convictions about what is truly important in raising young children today. Each topic is discussed from both the vantage points of an experienced family day care provider and a seasoned pediatrician.

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KYM ORSETTI FURNEY, MD

is in private practice at Mecklenberg Medical Group of Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Furney graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and received her doctor of medicine degree with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After ten years of teaching medical students and residents, she joined the private practice group. In 2000, Furney was herself diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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KENNETH COHN, MD

is a board-certified general surgeon who obtained his MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians Medical School. He was Assistant Professor of Surgery at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn and later moved to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the VA Hospital at White River Junction. With the change in the medical economic climate, Dr. Cohn entered the MBA program of the Tuck School at Dartmouth and graduated June 1998. He worked as a consultant at Health Advances. At Cambridge Management Group, he led change-management initiatives for physicians at affiliated hospitals. Dr. Cohn remains clinically active, covering surgical practices in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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JON WOLSTON

lives and writes in Providence, RI, and trained in medicine in New Hampshire and Chicago. He practiced psychiatry for thirty years and in 2001 earned the Distinguished Teaching Award from Brown Medical School.

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PAUL E. MILBURY

is a Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. His work is focused on determining dietary antioxidant bioavailability and effectiveness of nutrients in treating aging related disorders. Before joining Tufts, Milbury was a Harvard Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital studying oxidative stress in neurodegenerative disorders. He also served an 8-year tenure in the Long Range Research Lab at ESA, Inc., involved in a study of degenerative disorders funded by National Institute of Aging grants. Milbury holds a Ph.D. in Animal and Nutrition Science, and degrees in Animal Science, Cell Biology, and Chemistry, all from the University of New Hampshire.

ALICE C. RICHER

is a Registered, Licensed Dietician who has practiced in therapeutic, administrative, and education settings for more than 25 years. She is currently a Consultant for nursing homes and an employee at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Framingham Center, where she works with post-polio survivors, breast cancer survivors, and the professional soccer team, the New England Revolution. She trained at Beth Israel Hospital and earned her degrees at the University of Rhode Island and Boston College.

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JEFFREY BROWN, PsyD

has been an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and on staff at historic McLean Hospital for nearly a decade. His first book, The Competitive Edge: How to Win Every Time You Compete was recently released by Tyndale House Publishers.

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ANN E. DENSMORE

has been a Speech and Language Consultant at private and public schools for more than 30 years. She has also served as a consultant internationally, helping children with autism, and has taught graduate seminars for professionals and students at Harvard Medical School, and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Densmore holds an Ed.D in Education with a specialization in child discourse from Clark University. She is board-certified in speech and language pathology and audiology.

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DR. KEN EDELIN

is Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine where he was Chairman of the Department of Ob/Gyn and Associate Dean for Students and Minority Affairs. He is a graduate of Meharry Medical College and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital where he was the first African American to hold the position of Chief Resident. He has served as the Chairman of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and currently serves on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

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CLYDE K. KITCHEN, MD

is a member of the Senior Active Staff of St. Jude Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, in Fullerton, California. He is an Ophthalmologist in practice for more than 44 years.



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HENRY D. ASTARJIAN

is a neurologist who grew up in Iraq. He has lived in the United States since 1966. He attended the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad and was in the Iraqi Army during the 1950s. He is the author of several articles on Iraqi Kurds and Armenian issues. He is the only witness to the assassination attempt by Saddam Hussein on Iraq’s "Sole Leader" Abdul-Kareem Qasim, organized by the Ba'th Party.

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DR. BARBARA BERKELEY

is an internist who has specialized in the treatment of obesity since 1988. She is Director of Weight Management Services at Lake Hospital System in Cleveland, Ohio and has a private specialty practice, Weight Management Partners. She is an alumna of the 2007 Harvard Writer’s Course which led to the publication of her book Refuse to Regain: 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned (Quilldriver, 2008).

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DR. KRISTINE BERTINI

is a clinical psychologist and Director of Health and Counseling Services at the University of Southern Maine. She is the Chair of the University Task Force on Suicide Intervention and a member of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Bertini currently has a contract for a second book, Strength for the Sandwich Generation, and is working on an illustrated children’s book with her young step daughters, Nightmares. Dr. Bertini lives in Kennebunk, Maine with her husband, stepdaughters, elderly parents and herd of cats.

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S. DAVID NATHANSON, MD

is a Breast Surgical Oncologist and current Director of Breast Care Services in the Department of Surgery at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of some 200 journal articles and book chapters.

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SUSAN NATHIEL

is a psychotherapist treating individuals, couples and families. She has been in practice for more than 30 years, and has a special interest in helping families deal with problems. Nathiel is a Founding Member of the Connecticut Guild of Psychotherapists and Founding Member of the Center for Illness in Families.

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GARY L. FISHER

is Founder and was the first Director at the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno. A former Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology, he is the author of a textbook on substance abuse counseling that is now in its third edition. Fisher’s career has spanned 31 years and includes work as a private practice clinician and in public schools as a psychologist. The center he directed in Reno provides drug and alcohol counselors and prevention specialists with state-of-the-art training.

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JAMES E. LEVINE

is Director of James Levine & Associates, a multidisciplinary company in Western Massachusetts that specializes in helping children with developmental, psychological, and behavioral concerns. He is a graduate of Smith College for Social Work and Simmons College. In addition to his psychotherapy practice, he has been a graduate program Adjunct Faculty member at Smith College and Simmons College.

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JAN K. CARNEY, MD, MPH

is Associate Dean for Public Health and Research Professor of Medicine at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. Previously, she served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Health, for more than a decade, for three gubernatorial administrations. Dr. Carney is an experienced teacher, practitioner, and leader in public health and has received local and national awards for her work.

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VICKY MCEVOY*

Victoria McEvoy, MD grew up in New York and after attaining the rank of #3 in the USLTA tennis rankings for women in the U.S., left tennis to pursue a career in medicine. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and has been a practicing pediatrician in the greater Boston area for over thirty years. She had a column called The Exam Room in the Boston Globe and has written numerous articles appearing in The Boston Herald, and Pediatric Management, among others. She was an Associate Editor of the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. She also had a blog in the Health section of Gather.com.

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BOB LINDEN

Dr. Robert A. Linden worked for more than 30 years in the areas of both hospital and outpatient internal medicine. He is a 1975 graduate of Cornell Medical College.

SUSANNE ALEXANDER-HEATON

Susanne Alexander-Heaton had some life changing wake up calls occur that inspired her to become CEO (Chief Everything Officer!) of her own company called Motivated by Nature. The A B C Field Guide to Faeries is her first of many endeavors designed to make a positive impact on the environment and all people. The mission of this book is to inspire respect for ourselves, each other and the environment while raising funds for worthy causes. It is Susanne’s hope that everyone who is touched by the book is inspired and motivated to embrace the mission statement, to live their wildest dreams and to help support worthy causes.

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RICHARD K. BAER

Richard K. Baer received a B.A. in English Literature, obtained his M.D. degree and did his specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Illinois. He trained at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago, Illinois. In June 2006, he received his M.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Northwestern University. Dr. Baer was in private psychiatric practice for fourteen years and has treated a wide variety of general psychiatric and addictive disorders, and treated Karen Overhill (Switching Time) using psychoanalytically-informed psychotherapy with hypnosis. In October 2007, Dr. Baer published Switching Time, the true-life story of his treatment of a patient with multiple personality disorder. Published by Crown Books in the US, Switching Time has also been published in the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan, China, and Indonesia. Dr. Baer has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News in the Morning, Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, and in many other articles published in the US and abroad.

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ELLEN WEBER LIBBY, PhD

Ellen Weber Libby, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Washington, DC for thirty years. Since completing her doctorate she has conducted over 60,000 hours of patient interviews, about 30,000 hours have been in depth explorations with patients that she has seen multiple times a week for over several years. Dr. Libby serves a unique population, working as a therapist with U.S. Representatives, senators, ambassadors and other politically powerful individuals. Her perspective is further broadened by her experience supervising other therapists in the Washington, D.C. area.

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JAMES COPLAN, MD

James Coplan, MD, is one of the few physicians in the world to be board-certified in both developmental-behavioral pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Trained at New York Medical College and the Johns Hopkins University, for eighteen years he directed resident training in child development at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, followed by an appointment as director of interdisciplinary training in developmental disabilities at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Now in private practice in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, he specializes in the care of children with autistic spectrum disorders. He continues to teach at the University of Pennsylvania and is a frequent speaker at the local and national level.

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MEG STAFFORD

Meg Stafford is a clinical social worker with over 25 years experience in settings as large as a Harvard Teaching Hospital and as intimate as private practice. Ms. Stafford has delivered talks on Leading From Within and Developing Emotional Intelligence as a result of her training in Executive Coaching and Organizational Development. She has also been a columnist for several newspapers over the span of the last nearly 30 years, addressing topics such as the virtues of feet, her BFF (about a frog), and saying goodbye to the beloved family home. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters and coterie of animals.

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STUART L. KAPLAN, MD

Stuart L. Kaplan, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, has authored over 100 scientific journal articles, presentations, and book chapters in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has served as the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at university medical schools, as the director of Child Psychiatry physician training programs, and on the editorial boards of prestigious scientific child psychiatric journals. Dr. Kaplan maintains an active clinical practice with children and their families.

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LOREN OLSON, MD

Dr. Loren Olson describes himself as "just your average gay psychiatrist who came out at forty and now lives with his husband on a cattle farm in Iowa-of-all-places." He was previously married and is the proud father of two daughters and six grandchildren. Dr. Olson's book, Finally Out, uses psychology, gay history, and his own life story to present a carefully reasoned exploration of human sexuality, particularly the sexuality of men who, like him, have lived straight lives, sometimes long after becoming aware of their same-sex attractions. He married his life partner of over 24 years in September of 2009. Dr. Olson is a past course attendee.





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