Ricardo Godoy (PhD, Columbia University) is a cultural anthropologist and Professor of International Development at the Florence Heller School for Social Welfare, Brandeis University. His work draws on insights from evolutionary biology and economic theory to formulate hypotheses about the effects of market exposure, globalization, or modernization on the well-being and the use of natural resources of indigenous people. He collaborates with biological and cultural anthropologists from Northwestern University, the University of Georgia, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in a study called the Tsimane¿ Amazonian Panel Study (TAPS). The research team carries out annual survey waves in which they measure a wide range of socioeconomic, demographic, health, and psychological indicators. The research site in Bolivia is also used as a summer research site for PhD students in cultural anthropology at American universities.
Nouchine Hadjikhani (MD Medicine, University of Lausanne; PhD Neurosciences, University of Tilburg) is an Associate Professor in Radiology at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Medical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology, MGH. She has a long standing interest in neurosciences, including the pathophysiology of migraine, and the understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders with a particular emphasis on autism spectrum disorders. These two areas of interest stem from her background in visual system studies. For her research, she uses diverse neuroimaging techniques including fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG).
Joann M. Montepare (PhD, Brandeis University) is a professor of psychology and director of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies at Lasell College. Her research focuses on in person perception, non-verbal behavior, and age identification across the lifespan. This work applies life-span developmental and evolutionary perspectives to address social-psychological questions and calls for the need to examine how social perceptions change with age and across generations.
Gillian Rhodes (PhD, Stanford University) is a Winthrop Professor of Psychology, University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the perceptual, cognitive and evolutionary mechanisms underlying perceivers' expertise in processing from faces a person's identity, gender, ethnicity, age, attractiveness, emotional state and focus of attention. Specific areas of research include the development of face processing expertise, impaired face processing in autism spectrum disorders, face recognition and the 'other-race-effect', the biological and cognitive mechanisms that contribute to face preferences, and the use of face aftereffects to probe face coding mechanisms.
Sabine Sczesny (PhD Psychology, University of Kiel, Germany) is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her research focuses on gender stereotypes and biases in the domains of leadership and the workplace. Among other factors, she studies the contribution of appearance to gender-biased outcomes.
Linda Tickle-Degnen (PhD, Harvard University) is a professor and chair of the Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. She also is the director of the Health Quality of Life Lab, doing research on quality of life of people who have disorders of facial expression and movement using audio visual technology. Her research is directed toward understanding and promoting positive social functioning and wellness in Parkinson's disease and other chronic conditions. In particular she studies nonverbal and verbal communication, cross-cultural health care interactions, interpersonal rapport, engagement in meaningful daily activities, and quality of life. She is interested in increasing occupational therapists' participation in inter- and multi-disciplinary clinical interventions and research activities that have the goal of improving the health and quality of life of individuals with chronic conditions.