2010 Meaning Conference Speakers  

Keynote Speakers

Dr Alexander Batthyany, PhD, President & Head of Science Dept at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna. His most recent book is Existential Psychotherapy of Meaning: Handbook of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (2009).

Robert Biswas-Deiner, PhD, is a coach, positive psychology researcher and organizational consultant. He is author of Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (September, 2010), The Strengths Book (2010) and Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008). Robert is USA Programme Director for the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP).

Dr Todd Kashdan PhD, associate professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2009). His book (with Drs. Ken Sheldon and Michael Steger), Designing the Future of Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, is being published by Oxford University Press. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Personality as well as the Journal of Positive Psychology

Dr Salvatore R. Maddi, PhD: Professor at the University of California (Irvine). President of The Hardiness Institute. Dr. Maddi is well known for his research on stress management and creativity. His recent book, co-authored with Deborah Khoshaba, is Resilience at Work: How to succeed no matter what life throws at you (2005)

Dr G. Alan Marlatt, PhD: Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. His major focus in both research and clinical work is the field of addictive behaviors. He has authored numerous books, including “Relapse prevention: Maintenance strategies in the treatment of addictive behaviors” (2005). In 2004 he received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Dr Alex Pattakos, PhD: He is the founder of the Center for Meaning. He is an executive coach and consultant and is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts by applying the wisdom of Viktor Frankl to the workplace.

Dr Ryan Niemiec, PsyD: Education Director for VIA Institute on Character. He is a licensed psychologist with a special focus on positive psychology, mindfulness, and behavioral health. He co-authored Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths. He is Associate Editor of the APA journal PsycCRITIQUES.

Dr Michael Novak, D.Litt.: Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, he is recipient of 26 Honorary Doctoral Degrees. He is the winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion and many other major awards. His books include Business as a Calling (1996); The Universal Hunger for Liberty (2004), Washington's God (2006) and No One Sees God (2008).

Dr Diana Whitney, PhD, is the President of Corporation for Positive Change, a consulting firm dedicated to the creation of collaborative advantage in business and social profit organizations. She is an internationally recognized consultant, keynote speaker.

Dr Paul T. P. Wong, PhD. A strong proponent of existential positive psychology, he has published widely on meaning-centered research and therapy. He is Fellow of both the APA and CPA. He is President of the Meaning-Centered Counselling Inst, and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Dr Jeff Zeig: President of the Milton Erickson Foundation. He has edited or authored more than 20 books that appear in eleven languages. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Invited Speakers

Kathryn Britton
Charles Chen
Eileen Dowse
Deborah Fortney & Francesca Brar
Merv Gilbert
Ken Hart
Louis Hoffman
Linda Page
Michael Steger


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