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Day 2 - Session 4
May 11, 10:00 - 11:00 am (EST/USA)
Awe: Measuring & Meaning


William L.D. Krenzer, PhD

Susan Chen

  • Researcher, LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research, York University (Canada)

  • Clinical Psychology PhD student (starting Fall 2021), Department of Psychology, University of Utah

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Daniel Silva Luna

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

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David Marshall, BSc, MSc, MBSC

  • Superintendent, British Transport Police (United Kingdom)

  • Chair, National Police Suicide Prevention Group 








Catherine Goodwin, PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Director Inclusion, Culture, and Wellbeing, Welsh Ambulance Services (United Kingdom)











Amy Boudreau, B.A., ICPS, SAS-AP® #2749

  • Constable, Project manager, Breakthrough Wellness Team, York Regional Police (Canada)

Session Description

Measuring Awe in the Moment

William L.D. Krenzer, PhD

The emotion of awe is something that we all experience when faced with something that we can’t quite comprehend. And while we all have various levels at which we experience awe, different environments may alter the type of awe that we are experiencing. Through the situational awe scale, we can measure the various aspects of an awe experience that one is feeling.

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It's a Meaningful Life: Awe as a Path to Meaning

Susan Chen

Is awe a source of meaning in life? Can awe lead us to live more meaningful lives? In my talk, I will discuss awe and its ties to meaning and related outcomes. I will also discuss future directions for researchers and how awe might benefit mental health science.  

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Cultural varieties of awe: The case of science communication

Daniel Silva Luna 

Different cultural spaces promote a variety of types of awe. People who participate in those cultures learn and develop the skills to experience and express those awe types. One such cultural space is science communication. In my talk, I will describe the variety of ways in which awe is represented in science communication. More importantly, I will argue that awe can be learned and developed as a skill by participating in the cultural spaces that promote this emotion.  

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William L.D. Krenzer, PhD

William L.D. Krenzer, Ph.D. is a Scientific Integrity Associate. He earned his Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Mind, Brain and Behavior from San Francisco State University, followed by his Ph.D. in Psychological Science from DePaul University. His research interests included studying the electrophysiological basis of facial recognition and gender stereotypes, as well as the complex emotion of awe, which culminated in his Ph.D. dissertation that developed and validated a situational awe scale to be used as an objective measure of awe. Following completion of his studies, William joined Duke as a post-doctoral associate in the Science, Law, and Policy Lab at the Initiative for Science and Society, offering his expertise in electrophysiology.


Susan Chen, BA

Susan Chen received her Bachelor's in Philosophy & Psychology from York University and will begin her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah in the fall. Susan seeks to understand the human condition. Her undergraduate work focused on positive and social psychology. Her graduate work will focus primarily on leveraging developmental and evolutionary frameworks to understand psychopathology. Currently, Susan is a post baccalaureate researcher at the LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research at York University. You can find her work in The Journal of Positive Psychology.


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Daniel Silva Luna

Daniel Silva Luna MSc is currently a PhD candidate in science communication at the Centre for Science Communication from the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. He holds an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London, and an MA in international relation from Koç University, Turkey. His present work is on the history, centrality, and varieties of awe in the communication of science. 


David Marshall, Superintendent 

David began his career in 1992. As a Police Constable he served in a number of uniformed and specialist roles.

Transferring to British Transport Police in 2000, David gained promotion to Sergeant where he operated in various geographic areas of the force both as a uniformed Sergeant and within Crime Management.

Promotion to Inspector saw David head up force operations in Edinburgh during which time he was heavily involved in the policing of the G8 summit in 2005. As an inspector he also served as Staff Officer to the Assistant Chief Constable.

Promotion to Chief Inspector saw David assume responsibility for territorial operations for BTP Scotland Division. As a chief inspector, David also held command roles within Operational Support and Protective Services. He also served as the Divisional lead for Professional Standards. In his current rank of Superintendent, David is responsible for the day to day policing of Scotland’s rail network with overall responsibility for Territorial Policing, Operational Support, Crime and Intelligence.

David is an experienced senior leader, is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, and is an accredited College of Policing Public Order Gold and Silver Commander.

David is currently the lead within BTP for Neighbourhood Policing and Network Policing Support and is national chair of the Police Suicide Prevention group.

 David holds a Foundation Degree in Arts in Policing, a Bachelor of Science in Crime and Criminology, and a Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Psychology. He is an Associate Tutor with the University of Essex currently teaching on the Criminology programme and is an occasional guest lecturer at Abertay University and University of Central Lancashire where he presents to criminology students on a range of police related topics including counter terrorism, public order policing, suicide prevention and mental health

Belinda Goodwin

I have been working for the metropolitan Police for nearly 20 years. I was always on the front line, fully operational until I was elected into a full time position by the membership. I represent over 120,000 police officers and hold the UK government and National Police Chiefs Council to account on behalf of the members. I have been part of the implementation of National guidance and working groups that focus on the following issues: 

  • Menopause, 

  • Fatigue, 

  • Assault on Police

  • Mental Health and suicide prevention and

  • Created a campaign that addresses this very sad and tragic issue called “Manu Up Man Down” which highlights the power of language and what not to say.

Amy Boudreau, B.A., ICPS, SAS-AP® #2749

A University of Windsor graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and a minor in Criminology and Psychology, Amy Boudreau has spent the last ten years as a Police Constable. She holds the International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) designation and Situational Awareness Specialist-Advanced Practitioner (SAS-AP) designation. 

 In 2016, after experiencing the onset of burnout from overwhelming grief, stress, trauma, and circadian misalignment, Amy attended the International Meditation Centre located in Chiang Mai, Thailand for meditation training and in 2017 she began organizing meditation sessions at a local temple for police employees. At the same time, she launched her “@TheYogaCop” social media platforms to educate, inspire, and spread awareness on wellness. Amy Boudreau is a Gravity Yoga® Certified Instructor, holds a Corporate Yoga Certification, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification, Mindful@Work Certification, and uses Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) to help others in reaching a state of balance. Amy’s mission is to assist public safety personnel in developing self-regulatory capabilities, resiliency, and individual wellbeing protective factors against burnout and psychological difficulties.

 As Project Manager for the York Regional Police Wellness Team, Amy is currently responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and strategic management to ensure growth, pace, and progress of 10 wellness projects. 

Amy continues to make contributions extending beyond the policing community and into the general community through several publications and lectures on wellness.

Instagram: @TheYogaCop

Twitter: @TheYogaCop and @AmyBoudreauICPS

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