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Learn & be inspired at the

Resilience Symposium 2021:

The Awe Project 

Have a look at the agenda that includes:

  • 2 days of presentations

  • More than 20 speakers

  • 1 Keynote presentation

  • 2 Plenary sessions

  • 7 panel sessions

All times are listed eastern standard time in the United States (New York City). For other time zones, click each session.

Day One

May 10

8:45 am

Welcoming Remarks

John Mann, MD

The Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Director, Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

9:00 - 9:45 am

Keynote Presentation

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center (USA)

10:00 - 10:50 am

Day 1 Plenary Session

Awe: Neuroscience & "Now" Moments

Michelle "Lani" Shiota, PhD

Associated Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University (USA)

Jennifer Stellar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto - Mississauga (Canada)

11:00 - 12:00pm

Panel Session 1

Evidence-Based Awe Practices

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

Science Director, Greater Good Science Center, University of   California - Berkeley (USA)

Susan, Mangan, PhD

Thrive Center for Human Development (USA)

Jeff Thompson, PhD

Detective/Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator, NYPD; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center (USA)

12:00 - 12:30pm

Short Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:30pm

Panel Session 2

Awe: Promoting Resilience & Wellbeing

Virginia Sturm, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California-San Francisco (USA)

Claire Prade, PhD

Psychology Department, Aix-Marseille Université (France)

Megan Powell Cuzzolino, EdD

Educational Researcher and Instructional Consultant (USA)

1:45 - 2:45pm

Panel Session 3

The Spiritual & Psychology of Awe

Kirk Schneider, PhD

Adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University; President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (USA)

Piercarlo Valdesolo, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College (USA)

Edward Bonner, PhD, LPC, MS

Lehigh Valley Health Network (USA)

Day Two

May 11

9:00 - 9:50 am

Day 2 Plenary Session: From Research to Real Life

David Bryce Yaden, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (USA)

Craig Anderson, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Marketing, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

10:00 - 11:00am

Panel Session 4

Awe: Measuring & Meaning

William L.D. Krenzer, PhD

Scientific Integrity Associate, Duke University (USA)

Susan Chen

Doctorate student and researcher, Clinical Psychology, York University (Canada)

Daniel Silva Luna

PhD candidate, Centre for Science Communication, University of Otago (New Zealand)

11:15 - 12:15pm

Panel Session 5

Awe & Technology 

Alice Chirico, PhD

Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

H. Anna T. van Limpt-Broers

Doctorate student, Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Sean Goldy​

PhD Candidate in Social Psychology, University of California - Irvine (USA)

12:15 - 1:00pm

Short Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:00pm

Panel Session 6

Awe Environments

Andrea Gaggioli, PhD

ExperienceLab, Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)

Sheila Krogh-Jeserpsen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (USA)

Marianna Graziosi, MA, MAAP

 Clinical Psychology PhD candidate, Hofstra University; Instructor, Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

2:15 - 3:15pm

Panel Session 7

Awe: The Sublime, Fear, & Horror

Robert R. Clewis, PhD

Professor, Gwynedd Mercy University (USA)

Pamela Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Akita International University (Japan)

Alice Chirico, PhD

Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)