Advisory Board

Research Advisory Board

C. Barr Taylor -- Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine,
Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Behavioral Medicine, Stanford University

Dr. Taylor has published more than 250 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. His recent and current work focuses on development and evaluation of innovative internet-based prevention of eating disorders, obesity, and mood disorders. His work makes treatment programs, proven effective for treating various lifestyle and psychosocial problems, more cost-effective and available. He also has expertise and experience in development and evaluation of computer-assisted and other innovative treatments for panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, depression, eating disorders, and cardiovascular risk-reduction.

Dr. Taylor is also developing prevention programs for eating disorders and obesity in college-age women and in older adolescents. Having identified risk factors for eating disorders, he is developing and evaluating interactive multimedia interventions incorporating electronic groups and other technologies to help prevent the onset of disorders in high-risk populations.

Dr. Taylor seeks to develop and evaluate interactive multimedia programs to help adolescents adopt a healthy lifestyle (e.g., healthy eating patterns; regular exercise; stress and coping skills; the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs; and other high-risk behaviors).

Mickey Trockel, MD, Ph D -- BML Liaison for Programs, Health Education Content, and Evaluation Research
Following completion of his MD, PhD, and an internship in internal medicine, Mickey joined Dr. C. Barr Taylor's lab at Stanford, accepting a research track residency training position that combines clinical training for board certification in psychiatry with post-doctoral research. He is currently working with Dr. Taylor to design and test innovative psycho-education programs for high school and college students. His research areas include community health, alcohol abuse, aggression in middle school students, and sleep disorders, as well as statistical analysis, measurement, and study design for conducting program evaluation-based research.

Amit Etkin -- PhD, Assistant Professor,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Dr. Etkin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his BS in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997, and his MD and PhD with distinction from Columbia University. The focus of his laboratory is on understanding the brain mechanisms of emotion regulation, how they go awry in psychiatric disease, and how they can be improved through treatment or direct neural circuit-based interventions. Dr. Etkin has published numerous papers describing this work in high-profile neuroscience and psychiatry journals, and has received multiple honors for it.

James Gross -- PhD, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Dr. Gross is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. Dr. Gross earned his BA in philosophy from Yale University in 1987 and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is a leading researcher in the areas of emotion and emotion regulation, and he has received early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He has more than 130 publications, including Psychology (with Henry Gleitman and Daniel Reisberg) and the Handbook of Emotion Regulation.

Anett Gyurak -- Postdoctoral Scholar,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Dr. Gyurak received her BA in psychology from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary in 2000 and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Anett's work tries to answer important questions about the origins and active ingredients of emotion regulatory ability, and ultimately hopes to design intervention techniques aimed to cultivate them.

Vickie M. Mays -- PhD, MSPH, Professor, Department of Health Services, UCLA
The Director of the UCLA Center on Research, Education, Training, and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities (, Vickie's research primarily focuses on the mental and physical health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations. She has a long history of research and policy development in the area of contextual factors surrounding HIV/AIDS in racial and ethnic minorities. This work ranges from looking at barriers to education and services to understanding racial-based immunological differences that may contribute to health outcome disparities. Other areas of research include looking at the role of perceived and actual discrimination on mental and physical health outcomes, particularly as these factors impact downstream disease outcomes. She is the Co-PI of the California Quality of Life Survey, a population-based study of over 2,200 Californians on the prevalence of mental health disorders and the contextual factors associated with those disorders.

Rachel Manber -- Associate Professor - Med Center Line, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science - Sleep Center, Stanford University

Denise Pope -- PhD, School of Education, Stanford University

Denise E. Wilfley -- PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Strategic Advisory Board

Ron Gonzales -- CEO Hispanic Foundation of SV, former Mayor, San Jose
Ron is Chairman and CEO of Presencia Technology, LLC and Presencia, LLC. Presencia Technology, LLC provides business development consulting services to high tech companies. Presencia, LLC provides marketing and sales consulting services in the government, education, enterprise and SMB markets.

Ron served as Mayor of San Jose, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation's 10th largest city from 1999-2006. His achievements included nationally recognized initiatives that strengthened neighborhoods, improved public education, and ensured the economic vitality of the city with high-quality public services and effective solutions to affordable housing and regional traffic congestion.

With more than 35 years of technology and public policy experience, Ron worked as an executive with Hewlett-Packard, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy, before becoming mayor.

Ron served for eight years (1989-1996) on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. While Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, he introduced technology into county government and launched the County's performance-based budgeting system. As a two-time mayor and member of the Sunnyvale City Council (1979-87), Gonzales helped initiate governmental efficiency measures that were recognized in the best-selling book Reinventing Government.

David Davar -- PhD, Director, Counseling Center of the Jewish Theological Seminary
David has been involved in university mental health for twenty years, specializing in helping academically struggling students succeed, treatment of anxiety and depression, and suicide prevention. In his private practice, he specializes in diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and college students with difficulties in self-confidence, social skills, and academic performance.

In varied roles in university mental health, David has served on drug and alcohol task forces, coordinated peer health education and peer counseling, and twice been a Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. He has consulted on short-term treatment models to Berkeley College and on college mental health to the City University of New York -- Queens College. David is currently one of the mental health experts invited to contribute a chapter to the Textbook of College Mental Health.

David is a frequent invited speaker and presenter of professional papers to national audiences and organizations, including the American Association of Law Schools and the American Jesuit Colleges and Universities. David founded, an Internet startup focusing on self-help approaches utilizing cognitive behavioral interventions and relaxation skills for shy and anxious daters.

Alan Kessler -- President, TippingPoint
Alan is the President of TippingPoint Technologies, a leading provider of network security intrusion prevention systems. Prior to TippingPoint, he was president and CEO of Attune Systems, a provider of enterprise-class network file management solutions. His previous experience includes 3Com Corporation, where he served in a variety of senior management positions, including responsibility for global customer support, global end-user system sales, and general management of the Network Systems Division. He has also served as the president of Palm Inc., and president of Palm's Platform and Products group during Palm's successful IPO. Alan holds a bachelor's degree in business from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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