Friday, October 22, 2021

Advisory Board

photo of rasmani durvasulaRamani Durvasula is currently a professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist. She is also the director of the Psychological Clinic and of Clinical Training at California State University, Los Angeles. She has published over forty scientific articles and book chapters, and has lectured around the world on a variety of topics related to psychology, health, and wellness. Dr. Durvasula is an expert commentator, host and clinician with over fifteen years of teaching, clinical, and research experience which has focused broadly in the area of health psychology. Her media work thus far has included film and television projects with networks including NBC and a variety of other publications. As a clinician, she applies an approach utilizing humanistic and existential schools of psychology. Learn more about Ramani here


photo of robert mackRobert Mack
is the author of the bestselling book "Happiness From the Inside Out: The Art and Science of Fulfillment". Robert is a coveted speaker and celebrity life coach. He offers private and public crash courses on unconditional happiness - and the authentic success that comes with it.  He helps people from all walks of life, all over the world, change their lives by changing their psychology - by changing their minds. Robert has a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, an ivy-league institution. Robert entered the public eye through a career in entertainment and has appeared as a guest expert on television shows for networks like NBC, CBS, Fox, MTV, and many others. Robert has devoted his life to understanding, integrating, and sharing that transformation with people across the world. Learn more about Robert here


photo of scott polandScott Poland
is a licensed psychologist and international expert on school violence, crisis intervention, suicide and school climate. He is on faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida serving as an associate professor and coordinator of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office and co-director of the SAMSHA Grant for Suicide Prevention. He is the current Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and has served as Chair of the National Emergency Assistance Team (NEAT) for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Poland previously served as the Director of Psychological Services for the third largest school system in Texas for 23 years. His first book entitled, Suicide Intervention in the Schools published in 1989 was in response to a lack of preparedness following suicides in schools. He subsequently wrote three more books. Learn more about Scott here


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Erin Procacci is a licensed psychologist and adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Center for Psychological Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She also works on a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) funded Campus Suicide Prevention Grant at NSU. Her clinical interests, publications, and/or presentations include various areas such as well-being, suicide prevention, and assessment. Dr. Procacci completed her predoctoral internship at South Florida State Hospital and her postdoctoral residency at NSU through the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention (SVP) and School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Clinic. Since 2008, Dr. Procacci has played a role in developing and providing suicide prevention training to students, faculty, and staff at NSU. ProCare Wellness is Dr. Procacci’s specialized private practice which provides a variety of psychological services for children, adolescents, and adults including psychotherapy, psychological & psychoeducational evaluations, as well as consultation. Learn more about ProCare Wellness here.


photo of sarita rogersSarita Rogers
is the Director of Home Visiting and Associate Director of Programs, Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund.  She coordinates the Healthy Families MA home visiting program and evaluation project where the program is look at as a best practice model in several facets of program implementation.  She also coordinates the HFM Implementation Team (HFMIT) that provides program development, technical assistance, quality assurance, and training in relevant skills and topics for program staff statewide. She is the recipient of the Prevent Child Abuse America Visionary Leader Award (2002) and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Learn more about Sarita here


photo of jodi douglas vermaasJodi Douglas Vermaas
earned her doctorate in Clinical Christian Psychology and is a Diplomat member of the National Board of Christian Clinical Therapists.  She is a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor and Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors and Therapists. She has enjoyed working to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of families, women, and children for the past 15 years.  She has served on pastoral staffs as well as in counseling centers, specializing in trauma and abuse in women, as well as family systems counseling.  Dr. Vermaas presently directs the Women’s and Children’s Ministry at Real Life Christian Church in Florida, where she does individual counseling as well as group classes and leadership training. Learn more about Jodi here


photo of carrie wachterCarrie Wachter Morris
is an assistant professor at the Department of Educational Studies in Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She was the project facilitator of ALIVE@Purdue, a gatekeeper training program for residence hall assistants funded through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) Grant. She is currently the Vice President for Post Secondary Education for the Indiana School Counselor Association. Her research and clinical interests include crisis intervention and training, and counselor education. Learn more about Carrie here
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