2015 SYR Presenters
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SYR 2015

Welcomes our esteemed presenters

Keynote Presenters

BN Gangadhar

Dr. B.N. Gangadhar is Professor of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and NeuroSciences (NIMHANS). He has served with NIMHANS since 1981, after completing his MD. He has interests in Somatic therapies, Yoga, schizophrenia and community mental health. He heads the Advanced Center for Yoga at NIMHANS. He has published over 350 scientific articles in national and international, peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-editor on the Asian Journal of Psychiatry. He is also a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences India. He has received the CV Raman award as well as the BC Roy award from the government of Karnataka. He now holds the position of Dean of Behavioural Sciences at NIMHANS and is also the Hon Dean (Life Sciences) at the SVYASA Yoga University.

Edward McAuley, PhD

Edward McAuley is a Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Endowed Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Psychology, Internal Medicine, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He the director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at Illinois and has published over 350 articles and chapters. He has served as the Chair of the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention study section of the National Institutes of Health. He is an elected fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Gerontological Society of America. His research agenda has focused primarily on physical activity, aging, and well-being in healthy adults and breast cancer survivors and the role played by exercise training, including yoga, in neurocognitive function and brain health in older adults.

Remy Coeytaux , MD, PhD

Remy Coeytaux, is an Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University and a faculty member in the Evidence-based Practice Center at Duke Clinical Research Institute. He completed his medical training at Stanford University andreceived his PhD in Epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in 2001 and the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona as a Bravewell Collaborative Fellow in 2012. Dr. Coeytaux isco-founder of Chapel Hill Doctors Healthcare Center and founder and owner of Chapel Hill Integrative Medicine Associates, PC. He has served as co-PI on reports commissioned by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate the evidence in support of complementary and alternative medicine for post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as for yoga for back pain, mental health disorders, and falls prevention.​




Session Presenters

Catherine Cook-Cottone, PhD

Catherine Cook-Cottone, is a Licensed Psychologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Associate Professor at SUNY at Buffalo. Her research specializes in embodied self- regulation (i.e., yoga, mindfulness, and self-care) and psychosocial disorders (e.g., eating disorders). She has written four books and over 50 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Her most recent book is tilted, "Mindfulness and yoga for self-regulation: A primer for mental health professionals.” Presenting nationally and internationally, Catherine uses her model of embodied self-regulation to structure discussions on empirical work and practical applications. She teaches classes on mindful therapy, yoga for health and healing, self-care, history of psychology, and counseling with children and adolescents. She also maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of: anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills.

Marshall Hagins, PhD, PT

Dr. Hagins was a ballet major at North Carolina School for the Arts before moving to New York where he danced on Broadway. Leaving dance, he obtained a Physical Therapy degree and a PhD in Biomechanics and Ergonomics from New York University. Dr. Hagins has published over 30 peer reviewed articles in the areas of dance medicine, sports injuries, ergonomics, and yoga and has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on three grants from the National Institutes of Health. His recent research focuses on the efficacy of yoga for hypertension and the psychosocial and academic benefits of yoga for students within schools.

Stacy Hunter, PhD

Dr. Stacy Hunter is the research director for Pure Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to funding yoga research and providing yoga to underserved populations. She is also an affiliate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology studying the effects of yoga on vascular function in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory. She has published several studies on the impact of various styles of yoga on vascular function and glucose tolerance and traveled the U.S. and abroad presenting her findings.

Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN

Dr. Patricia Kinser is a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where herresearch focuses on the biobehavioral effects of mind-body interventions such as yoga and mindfulness. Her researchis positioned at the intersection of research and clinical care regarding the promotion of positive health behaviors & interventions for mental and physical wellness.She maintains an active clinical practice as a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally about various applications of yoga and mindfulness practices for health. Additionally, she is a yoga instructor in the Richmond, VA community.

Alyson Ross, PhD, RN

Dr. Alyson Ross is a Nurse Researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BSN and MSN in psychiatric mental-health nursing. Dr. Ross received a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Ross was awarded Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Intramural Research Fellowships at the NIH Clinical Center, where she currently works for the Department of Nursing Research and Translational Science researching the impact of health behaviors, particularly the effect of mind-body interventions such as yoga, on stress in both family and professional caregivers. Dr. Ross has studied yoga for over 25 years and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She has lectured and published extensively on the health benefits of yoga.

Joseph F. Signorile, PhD

Dr. Signorile is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami. His research on developing novel tools to assess and improve independence and reduce falls has produced over 50 manuscripts and 250 scientific presentations. The most recent evolution of his work includes the assessment of muscle utilization patterns across common yoga poses and the modifications of classic yoga poses and pose sequences to develop targeted programs that address the specific needs of elder fallers and Parkinson’s patients. In 2011, Dr. Signorile published his definitive exercise prescription text, Bending the Aging Curve, which was recently translated into Cantonese.