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Stephen W. Porges, PhD

Dr. Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 300 peer‐reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines that have been cited in more than 30,000 peer-reviewed papers. He holds several patents involved in monitoring and regulating autonomic state. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, and co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1,500 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

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Ronald A Cohen, PhD, ABPP, APCN

Dr. Cohen is the Director, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, and Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the University of Florida, and adjunct professor, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University. He is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Association, the American Neuropsychiatric Society, and the American Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Cohen received his B.Sc. (with honors) in Psychology at Tulane and his PhD in Psychology at LSU.

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Steven T. DeKosky, MD

Dr. DeKosky is Professor of Alzheimer’s Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and Deputy Director of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. DeKosky was a member of the national Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association from 1994 to 2002 (Board Vice Chair in 2001-2002), and again from 2003 to 2010. He served as Chair of the Section on Geriatrics of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and chaired the AAN Practice Parameters Committee for Early Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Dementia. He is the founding Chair of the Advisory Council of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and is also a member of the Alzheimer’s Association, served on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association. Prior to his current position, Dr. DeKosky served as Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia and was chair of the department of Neurology and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his BA (Psychology) from Bucknell, and his MD from the University of Florida.