DR. Nadine burke harris Md, MPH
is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, and the former Medical Director of the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. The Center for Youth Wellness is a wrap-around, full-service trauma-focused pediatric clinic developed in partnership with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the Early Life Stress Research Program at Stanford University. The Center for Youth Wellness is envisioned as a new national model site for the development and provision of trauma-focused pediatric medicine. It offers universal screening for ACES (adverse childhood experiences), and co-locates medical, mental health, and evidence-based supplementary therapeutic modalities for trauma recovery and resilience. In her previous role as Medical Director of the Bayview Child Health Center, Dr. Burke Harris oversaw the operations of the health center and provided care to children and youth living in the Bayview Hunters Point Community of San Francisco. She is also the Medical Director of Pediatric Health Parity Programs at California Pacific Medical Center, which focuses on decreasing child health disparities throughout San Francisco County. Dr. Burke Harris also sits on a committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics tasked with developing policy recommendations for treatment of pediatric trauma. Dr. Burke Harris studies the impacts of early childhood trauma on development, and the manner and mechanisms whereby early childhood trauma creates differential health outcomes. She is dedicated to understanding the biological roots of trauma, and to developing identification and treatment modalities that restore health and functioning in the wake of trauma. Her work at the Bayview Child Health Center was the subject of a New Yorker profile by Paul Tough called 'The Poverty Clinic.'
Lee Mun Wah
is an internationally-acclaimed film-maker and master diversity trainer, whose ground-breaking documentary films about race and gender have been viewed by millions, and whose mindfulness-based approach to facilitation is sought out by individuals, organizations, and governments around the world. He has facilitated on Oprah, and for groups of up to 14,000 participants. His films include The Color of Fear, If These Halls Could Talk, and Last Chance for Eden. He offers transformational diversity training through his organization Stirfry Seminars.
Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD
is the Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where she oversees the Expanding Gratitude project. Dr. Simon-Thomas earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at University of California, Berkeley studying the interplay between emotional and cognitive processes with Dr. Robert Knight. Using behavioral, EEG and fMRI methods, her dissertation research investigated the effects of negative emotion on higher cognition, and highlighted the important influences that negative states can have on thinking. Transitioning towards a focus on how thought processes affect emotion (appraisal; self-regulation) and on the biological underpinnings of positive and pro-social states, Dr. Simon-Thomas studied love of humanity and compassion during her postdoc, mentored by Dr. Dacher Keltner. From there she became the Associate Director/ Senior Scientist at the Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, where she focused on how compassion benefits health, well-being, and psychosocial functioning. Emiliana's work now focuses on the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships.
Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT
is the founder of the Organic Intelligence™ therapeutic model, a positive psychology and mindfulness based method of cultivating empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the effects of stress and trauma and PTSD. He was for many years a Senior International Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, where he was personally mentored for years by Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing™: a short-term naturalistic approach to the healing of trauma. Over 15 years of teaching, he developed a uniquely integrated ‘organic intelligence’ approach to the Somatic Experiencing™ modality, drawing on diverse perspectives including: Evolutionary, Developmental, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral and Systems approaches within a mindfulness framework. He has trained many hundreds of professionals internationally, and has become known for his personal integration and embodiment of the principles he teaches. Mr. Hoskinson’s work understands the fundamental nature of human disturbance in nervous system dysregulation, and explores creating conditions to support the organismic process of self-organization through increased nervous system coherence.
Dr. Melissa Moore, PhD
is the Founder of Karuna Training, a contemplative psychology professional development training program that she co-founded in Europe and which is now established in North America as well. The Karuna program is a comprehensive training program that teaches participants to work first deeply with themselves, and then in service to others. It combines deep study of Vajrayana Buddhist principles with contemplative practice, skillbuilding, and a supportive community. Dr. Moore previously directed the San Francisco Family Service Agency’s Felton Institute. The institute is a think-tank and training forum to disseminate the use of Evidence-based and Strengths-based practices throughout the mental health field. In that role, she developed and implemented a NIMH-funded training and research Institute dedicated to the implementation and research on dissemination of evidence-based practices in community behavioral health. Dr. Moore is empowered as an Acharya (Senior Teacher and Preceptor) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and is a long-time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, since 1979.