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Featured Speakers



  • Founder of Positive Psychology

  • Best-selling author: 300 articles, 30 books, translated into 50 languages 

  • Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

Brooklyn Bridge


SEPTEMBER 22-24, 2020

Hosted in New York City, taking place virtually.

Learn & Get Inspired

3 days of police leaders, innovators, and academics sharing resilience and positive mental health practices, programs, and research. 

With more than 40 presenters from seven countries, you will leave with knowledge that you can start applying now for yourself and your agency.  

Optimistic people are highly resilient from untoward events. Positive Psychology teaches the skills of resilience and optimism. Learn how by connecting them can further enhance the overall wellness of officers, enhance their resilience, and create more effective police agencies. 



National Wellness Director

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) 

She's the FOP's first-ever National Wellness Director and she's leading the charge to make mental health and resilience a top priority in policing. 

Additional Plenary Speakers

Suicide Prevention & Resilience
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

Science-Based Resilience Practices
Dennis Charney, MD
  • Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacological Sciences

The Science of Resilience
Emma Seppälä, PhD
  • Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

  • Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program

Additional Speakers



Jacqueline Drew, PhD

  • School of Criminology, Griffith University (Australia)

Jennifer Wild, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology & Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Golnaz Tabibnia, PhD

  • Scientist, University of California - Irvine (USA)

Ekaterina Denkova, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Neuroimaging Facility, University of Miami (USA)

Stephanie Conn, PhD

  • Licensed Psychologist; former police officer (USA)

Detective Jeff Thompson, PhD

  • Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator, New York City Police Department; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute (USA)

Sandra Ramey, PhD, RN

  • Associate Professor, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa (USA)

Michael Wiltsey, PhD

  • Lieutenant, Burlington County Prosecutor's Office

  • Faculty, Professional Security Studies, New Jersey City University

  • Clinical Psychologist; Director, The Forensic Psychology Center (USA)

Keith S. Dobson

  • Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Calgary (Canada)​

Lieutenant John Coppedge

  • Director of Training, Denver Police Department (USA)

Lieutenant Janna Salisbury

  • Commanding Officer, Employee Assistance Unit, New York City Police Department (USA)

Sergeant Brent MacIntyre

  • Peer Support Coordinator, Ottawa Police Service (Canada)

Joe Gazis

  • Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Advisor, Peer Support Network, Victoria Police (Australia)

Denise Jablonski-Kaye, PhD, ABPP

  • Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Commanding Officer, Behavioral Science Services, Los Angeles Police Department (USA) 



Monica Brooker, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion, New York City Police Department (USA)

Yuval Neria, PhD

  • Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Epidemiology) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center; New York State Psychiatric Institute (USA)

Barbara Stanley, PhD

  • Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology and Center for Practice Innovations, New York State Psychiatric Institute  (USA)

John Violanti, PhD

  • Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (USA)

Peter Collins, MD

  • Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Forensic Psychiatrist, Criminal Behaviour Analysis Section, Ontario Provincial Police (Canada)

Ian Hesketh, PhD

  • SRO, National Police Wellbeing Service UK; Wellbeing Lead, College of Policing (United Kingdom) 

Konstantinos Papazoglou, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, New Jersey City University (NJCU); The POWER Institute (USA)

Kim Janssens, MSc

  • Tranzo, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Judith Andersen, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga

  • Affiliated Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Canada)

Thomas E. Coghlan, PsyD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Blue Line Psychological Services, PLLC.; Retired Detective, New York City Police Department (USA)

Tremaine Sayles, PsyD, LCSW

  • Director, Counseling Unit, New York City Police Department (USA)

Deborah Richardson, PhD

  • Clinical Services Coordinator, Victims Services Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)

Sergeant Laura Gibson

  • Digital Delivery Lead - National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group, Police Scotland (United Kingdom)

David Kennington, MA, LPC

  • Manager, Professional Wellness Section, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (USA)


Special Agent Eric Patterson

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)

Judith Moskowitz, PhD

  • President, International Positive Psychology Association; Professor of Medical Social Sciences ; Director of Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University (USA)

Judy Saltzberg, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist; Project Director, University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology Center, Resilience Programs (USA)

Peggy Kern, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education (Australia)

Stuart Bartels

  • Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Police Management; Retired Commander, Western Australia Police (Australia) 

Wendy Steendam

  • Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations, Victoria Police (Australia)

Kaye Ryan

  • Deputy Chief Executive: People & Capability, New Zealand Police (New Zealand)

Philip Newitt

  • Assistant Commissioner Operation Support Service, South Australia Police (Australia)

John Bale

  • Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fortem Australia (Australia)

Superintendent Melanie Aitken

  • National Manager, Safe People, New Zealand Police (New Zealand)

Chief Constable, Andrew Rhodes

  • Lancashire Constabulary; National Lead for Wellbeing & Engagement; Service Director for Oscar Kilo (United Kingdom)

Katrina Sanders, MPH

  • Chief Medical Officer, Australian Federal Police (Australia)

Annika Smit, PhD

  • Chair, Resilience - Police Academy of the Netherlands (Netherlands)

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