Dr. Beach is a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Georgia and a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience investigating the role of social relationships in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, particularly depression and substance use disorders. He currently serves as Director of the William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, an interdisciplinary research institute. He is widely recognized as an authority on the link between marital discord and depression and the use of marital interventions in the context of depression. He is also recognized for his research on the role of genetic moderators of intervention response and other contextual variables, and the potential role of epigenetic regulation in accounting for contextual and intervention effects.
Dr. Heyman is Professor at New York University. Dr. Heyman co-directs the Family Translational Research Group (with Dr. Amy Slep) in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care. He earned a B.S. from Duke University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. Dr. Heyman has received 40 grants/contracts from major U.S. funding agencies on a variety of family-related topics, from anger escalation in couples to the impact of family violence on children to community-level prevention of family maltreatment, substance problems, and suicidality. Dr. Heyman has published over 100 scientific articles/chapters focused on couple dysfunction, intimate partner violence and child maltreatment and their risk factors and
Amy M. Smith Slep received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. She is Professor of Comprehensive Care and Cariology at New York University. Along with her collaborator Richard Heyman, she co-founded and co-directs the Family Translational Research Group. Dr. Slep's research focuses on many different aspects of conflict and violence in families: the development of dysfunctional parenting, the connections between parenting and partner conflict, the dynamics of conflict escalation and de-escalation in productive and destructive conflicts, and what facets of exposure to violence impact children's functioning and how these impacts can be buffered. She also focuses on how to best prevent family violence. Her work on definitions of maltreatment has resulted in definitions that are now being used through the U.S. military. She has published nearly 100 scientific articles and book chapters and has received nearly 40 federal research grants. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.
Dr. Foran is the principal investigator of a project on couple functioning and psychopathology funded by the German Research Foundation at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany and a part-time consultant for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Her research examines intimate partner violence from a public health perspective with an emphasis on assessment, surveillance, and models of risk and protection. Dr. Foran received her doctoral in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and is a licensed U.S. psychologist. She has numerous scholarly articles on family-related topics and psychopathology and is chair of the relational processes and ICD-11 working group.
Dr. Marianne Wamboldt is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, as well as Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, with over 25 years of clinical, teaching and research experience. Her training included a BS magna cum laude from Marquette University, an MD as well as general psychiatry residency from University of Wisconsin, a clinical research fellowship at NIMH, and a specialty fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Colorado. Her interests have focused on the role of family relationships in medical (primarily asthma) and psychological outcomes for children and teens, behavioral genetics as a tool to understanding the co-morbidity of medical and psychiatric problems, and clinical interventions for children and adolescents with mood and/or anxiety disorders. She has authored over 62 scientific articles/chapters, been involved as principal investigator or co-investigator on over 30 grants, and involved as President of the Board of Family Process; past Chair of the Committee on the Physically Ill Child, as well as member of the Program Committee, within the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry's Committee on the Family.