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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Dr. Turhan Canli
Dr. Turhan Canli

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Stony Brook University Professor Canli holds an undergraduate degree (B.A., summa cum laude, summo cum honore in thesi) from Tufts University, a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from Yale University, and a Certificate in Trauma Recovery from Harvard’s Program in Refugee Trauma. After a postdoctoral position at Stanford University, he joined the faculty of Stony Brook University, NY, in 2001, where he is now a Full Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Canli’s work on the biology of emotion, personality, and depression has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, NPR, CNN, and many international newspapers and TV programs. His TEDxStony Brook talk on his theory of theory of depression as an infectious disease has been viewed 150,000 times on YouTube. He advises the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the national science funding bodies of Austria, Germany, Iceland and The Netherlands. In 2010, he was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Gina Dela Chesnaye
Dr. Turhan Canli

Gina Dela Chesnaye is a core faculty member of Second Response which tends to the emotional & psychological needs of people exposed to trauma, providing body-centered methods to relieve the harmful effects of stress, distress & trauma. She currently facilitates and co-facilitates Care for the Caregiver workshops as well as PLAYshops for traumatized and wounded youth most recently at a rescue center for child victims of sex trafficking in Kenya. She serves as key faculty for The Lineage Project bringing mindfulness based exercises, yoga and meditation to at-risk and/or incarcerated youth and their support staff in New York City. Gina is the Trauma Resource Director of the International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights where she facilitates mindful movement, yoga and meditation, a component of the Contemplative Based Trauma and Resilience Training. In 2016, Gina co-facilitated Contemplative Based Trauma and Resiliency Training at Makarere University in Uganda to trauma therapists, humanitarian aid workers, children’s organizations, and others with The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights. She is an alumna of the Harvard Global Mental Health Trauma & Recovery Certificate Program. She also offers Contemplative Care classes to the Columbia School of Social Work and Stony Brook University as a visiting lecturer. Gina is a Fellow of the Mind/Brain Center for War and Humanity at StonyBrook University and recently lectured on and led Care for the Caregiver at the 3rd Annual Joint UCPA (Uganda Clinical Psychology) and UBHA (Uganda Behavioral Health Alliance) conference at the University of Kisubi, Entebbe, Uganda. Gina is the Director of Yoga at The Three Jewels Outreach Center in NYC. She is also a contributing writer and photographer to The Huffington Post, NY Yoga + Life and YogaCityNYC and has written numerous articles on yoga, meditation, martial arts and Buddhism. Dedicated to humanitarian relief, she has spent several years focusing on trauma and resiliency work with children in orphanages, schools, IDP camps and monasteries throughout Nepal with the volunteer organization 108 Lives. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two daughters and has been a competitive kick boxer for 17 years.

Danielle Begg
Danielle Begg

Danielle is the Co-founder & CEO of the Refugee Yoga Project. The Refugee Yoga Project was established in February 2015 and offers trauma sensitive yoga classes to groups of refugees healing from torture and trauma. Danielle is a registered yoga teacher and holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Science in Comparative Social Policy from The University of Oxford. She recently completed Harvard's Global Mental Health Refugee Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program.

Leslie Graham
Leslie Graham

Leslie Graham, is coordinator of the Post RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and professor, nursing/adjunct professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology –Durham College (UOIT-DC) Collaborative Nursing Program. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests involve faculty development for simulation-based learning in nursing education. Professor Graham has over thirty years of clinical practice in acute and critical care environments. Being a passionate educator, she has received several awards in recognition of excellence in nursing education. As an author of several books she was the recipient of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.