is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on children and adults for the past 35 years. His research has ranged from the developmental impact of trauma to neuro-imaging and from memory processes to the use of neuro-feedback, EMDR and theatre groups in PTSD. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he also serves as Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is the author of over a hundred scientific articles, of Psychological Trauma and co-editor of Traumatic Stress.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
is an Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as clinician and presenter, she is Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Consultant, and former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has authored a number of articles on trauma treatment and lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and body-oriented psychotherapy into traditional therapeutic modalities.
Robert W. Freiman
has practiced in the field of estates and trusts for over forty years, representing a broad spectrum of clients from many walks of life with diverse kinds of assets, including closely held businesses and private and commercial real estate holdings. A 1966 graduate of the University of Rochester, Mr. Freiman received his JD degree from the New York University School of Law in 1969 and he was admitted to the New York State Bar in the Second Department in March 1970.
Currently a partner in Freiman Franco, P.C. (and its predecessor firm, Bluming Freiman Franco, P.C.), he is a former partner at both Phillips Nizer LLP and Mandel Resnik Kaiser Moskowitz & Greenstein P.C. Mr. Freiman has extensive experience in estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts of all sizes and types, and his practice includes the creation of wills, trusts and other estate planning instruments, and counseling on gift, estate and generation-skipping taxation, business succession, the legal aspects of health care and disability, the uses of insurance and charitable giving. He represents clients in proceedings in the Surrogate's Court and before the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance).
Mr. Freiman is a member of both the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and of the New York State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Estates and Trusts Law Sections. He is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, and his peers have selected him as a Super Lawyer, indicative of being in the top 5% of his field. He is currently a member of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Planned Giving Advisory Council, and of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Professional Advisory Council, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Enterprise, a microfinance charity, and he is a former President and Trustee of the Board of Education of the East Williston, New York schools.
Roger Solomon, Ph.D.
is a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and grief. He is the director of Critical Incident Recovery Resources and co-director of Buffalo Center of Trauma and Loss. Dr. Solomon is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR Institute and teaches EMDR internationally. He is a consultant to the trauma programs of NASA, the U.S. Senate, several U.S. federal and state law enforcement agencies, and the Polizia di Stato in Rome, Italy. He has published 32 articles on EMDR, trauma, grief, critical incident stress, and police psychology.
retired from the FDNY after 23 years of service, from February 1988 through March 2011. He served as the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater NY from August 1999 through August 2005. On September 11, 2001 he responded to the World Trade Center from the time of the first tower collapse until the Ground Zero closing ceremony on May 30, 2002. In his capacity as Manhattan Trustee, Rudy directly assisted the 2000 firefighters of Manhattan as well as the families of the 150 Manhattan firefighters who died on 9/11. He advocated for additional mental health counseling services for all 12,000 members of the firefighter's union and supported similar efforts for the 8,000 members of the Uniformed Firefighter Officers Association, by chairing a committee made up of individual therapists and representatives of the mental health agencies set up to address 9/11-related psychological challenges. Rudy oversaw the work of photographer, Gary Suson, Official Ground Zero Photographer for the UFA, who regularly credited Rudy as the reason there is a photographic record of the rescue/recovery effort. With a son-in-law in the U.S. Navy, Rudy is dedicated to using his wealth of experience with line of duty trauma to assist our nations' warriors.
is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including The Force of Kindness (2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.
is a retired Lieutenant from the Port Authority Police Department. He is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Police Command College at the US Military Academy at West Point, the Homicide Fellows Program at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the NYPD Hostage Negotiation Training Program. After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, as part of the Special Operations Division/Emergency Service Unit, he commanded a Search, Rescue & Recovery Unit known as Recovery Team Romeo at Ground Zero in New York City for almost nine arduous months. He is a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for several 9/11 Rescue & Recovery support groups, including the 9/11 Cops Association, of which he is an original founder.
He is an accomplished author, with three published fictions about the complexities of human conflict and drama; 625 8th Avenue, The Night-Comerand soon to be released The Twelve Disciples, City of Fear. He is currently working on his first nonfiction, The Twelve Disciples, the True Story of Recovery Team Romeo.
He is a Recipient of 50 Police Department Meritorious Awards and Citations; the New Jersey General Assembly Resolution by Assemblyman Scott Garrett; a Meritorious Award by the NJ Dept. of Personnel & University Behavioral Healthcare; a Governor of New Jersey "Volunteerism" of the Year Award; and a 5thRace dedication to "Recovery Team Romeo" at the Meadowlands Racetrack, NJ. He is a member of the 9/11 Cops Association, the New Jersey Honor Legion, the New York State Fraternal Order of Police and the Lieutenant's Benevolent Association. He is recognized on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 2010 Calendar's "Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11" and is featured in the 2006 Documentary Film "Answering the Call at Ground Zero."