Meet the Experts

Over 35 of the world’s leading medical and mental health experts, in the fields of psychiatry, family counseling, sports psychology, psychology, quantum physics and neuroscience as well as best-selling authors, weigh in on the topic of mindfulness in this ground-breaking documentary. They are a distinguished and diverse group, hailing from places far and wide….like Sri Lanka to London; Malaysia to Harvard Square; and Appleton, WI to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. Most of these experts have been exclusively interviewed for the film (in alphabetical order).

 

  • Ronald A. Alexander, Ph.D.; psychotherapist, leadership coach for Fortune 500 companies, author of Wise Mind, Open Mind
  • Donald Altman, M.A., LPC; psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, Emmy award-winning writer, author of The Mindfulness Code
  • Elena Antonova, Ph.D.; neuroscientist, recently received Templeton Positive Neuroscience Award for investigating the effect of mindful attention on sensory information processing using fMRI.
  • Thorsten Barnhofer, Ph.D.; worked in Prof Mark Williams’ group at the Oxford Department of Psychiatry for eight years, researching the effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in suicidal and chronic depression.
  • Jo Anne Bishop, Ph.D., MPA; internationally renowned psychotherapist, books include Success Is A State of Mind with Deepak Chopra and Mark Victor Hansen and Roadmap to Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard
  • Richard Burnett; co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project, starting the first UK school to include mindfulness in its curriculum for all 13-14 year olds.
  • Guy Claxton, D.Phil.; Cambridge and Oxford-trained psychologist, author of the bestseller Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.; Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University, founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  • Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.; clinical psychologist, author of The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life
  • Rick Hanson, Ph.D.; neuropsychologist, author of Buddha’s Brain (published in 22 languages). Dr. Hanson’s work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Consumer Reports Health, and U.S. News and World Report.
  • Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.; doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford; over 500 radio and television show appearances (including OPRAH), author of 33 books including Conscious Living and The Big Leap
  • Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT; co-authored the bestselling Conscious Loving, used as a textbook in graduate programs throughout the country
  • Ellen Langer, Ph.D.; Harvard Professor of Psychology, Guggenheim Fellowship, three Distinguished Scientist Awards, World Congress Award
  • Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D.; professor and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at NYU, researching brain mechanisms of emotion and memory.
  • David Levy, Ph.D.; holder of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Technology and Education at the Library of Congress; author of No Time to Think (in progress)
  • Dan Millman; author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006), and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages
  • Richard Moss, M.D.; author of The Mandala of Being and Inside-Out Healing: Transforming Your Life Through the Power of Presence
  • Michael Neill; internationally renowned success coach and author of You Can Have What You Want, Feel Happy Now
  • Kristin Neff, PhD.; Associate Professor, Psychology Department at University of Texas, co-created the program, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) with Chris Germer at Harvard University.
  • Andrei Novac, M.D.; board-certified psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCI, School of Medicine, named among the “Top Psychiatrists in America” by the Consumer Research Counsel of America in Washington, DC.
  • Judith Orloff, M.D.; board-certified psychiatrist, assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Voted “Most Inspirational Person” for the Readers Choice 2012 awards on About.com
  • Joseph Parent, Ph.D.; author of Zen Golf, named “Top Ten Mental Game Experts” in the world by Golf Digest
  • Danny Penman, Ph.D.; bestselling author of Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World with Mark Williams of Oxford University.
    ‘I love the idea behind the Mindfulness Movie,’ says Danny Penman, ‘Follow the ideas in the film and begin to live a less frantic and more enjoyable life.’
  • Norman Rosenthal, M.D.; clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Transcendence
  • Congressman Tim Ryan; Ohio’s 17th Congressional District, author of The Mindful Nation. During his tenure in the House, he has helped to get mindfulness programs established in several schools.
  • Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.; research psychiatrist at UCLA School of Medicine, author of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
  • Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.; medical degree from Harvard University, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine
  • Andrea Spolti; award winning performer, composer, and recording artist. Served as the official pianist for the Centro Italiano Musica Antica of Rome
  • Eckhart Tolle [Licensed from ABC News]; The New York Times has called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the nation”. He is the author of the bestsellers “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”.
  • Mark Williams, Ph.D.; Oxford University clinical psychologist, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, author of The Mindful Way through Depression
  • Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Quantum); recipient of the prestigious National Book Award  for “Taking the Quantum Leap,” resident physicist on Discovery’s The Know Zone
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.; professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and found the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, bringing mindfulness into the mainstream.