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Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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Mar 30, 2017

Dr. Ashley Smith is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. She spends her time providing therapy and training other professionals. Her first book, Childhood Anxiety Disorders, is coming out in April. After working at a nationally recognized specialty center for years, she is branching out on her own by starting a private practice. She helps individuals learn to embrace uncertainty, face their fears, and lead a life that is not ruled by anxiety.

Ashley is also legally blind. With a rare untreatable retinal disease, Ashley knows what it's like to face uncertainty. Despite doctors predicting the contrary, her vision has worsened significantly in recent years making daily activities she used to take for granted--like driving, reading books, and recognizing people across the room--impossible. As her vision has declined, she has had to learn to adapt. She will readily admit that living with a disability is a scary struggle, but she strives to keep it from defining her or holding her back. Those professional skills definitely come in handy after hours! Keep an eye out (pun intended) for her blog A Blind Quest for Happiness, which she hopes to launch later this year.

Ashley grew up in Arkansas, went to graduate school in Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City. She enjoys ballroom and swing dancing (and has a few amateur comps under belt), reading (thank you adaptive technology!), and traveling. She thrives on new experiences and believes that boredom is the antithesis of happiness.

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Mar 23, 2017

Jenn Hunt is an Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY Buffalo State. She earned her BA at Creighton University in 1995 and her PhD in Social Psychology (minoring in Law) at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Hunt’s research examines the way that stereotypes, prejudice, and other expectations related to gender, race, and culture influence people’s judgments and behavior. Much of her research examines these issues in legal contexts, examining racial bias in juror decision making, and the influence of race, ethnicity, and culture on jurors’ deliberation behavior. She also investigates the development and impact of gender ideologies and stereotypes on women’s attitudes, relationship beliefs, and career goals.

She teaches courses on the Psychology of Gender, the Psychology of Diversity, and Advanced Legal Psychology. Dr. Hunt served as Coordinator for the Women and Gender Studies program at SUNY Buffalo State for six year, and she has an appointment at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo School of Law. She won the Action Teaching Award from the Social Psychology Network in 2012.

Dr. Hunt is on the editorial board of Law and Human Behavior, and is currently is serving as a Member-at-Large of the American Psychology-Law Society.

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Mar 14, 2017

Meredith is an alternative investment consultant, one of Inc.com’s 17 inspiring women to watch in 2017, and author of Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too), which won an Axiom Award Gold Medal in 2016. She began her alternative investment career as the Director of Research at Van Hedge Fund Advisors International where she was responsible for manager selection, due diligence, index construction and aggregate industry research for the $500 million fund of funds.

Meredith was then recruited by hedge fund analytics provider PerTrac Financial Solutions. Her research on emerging managers, initiated in 2006, and women and minority-owned funds created new investment categories. It has changed the way investors and money managers behave - both in the way investors allocate and how money managers market to and seek investors.

Meredith served as Director of the Rothstein Kass Institute, an Alternative Investment Think Tank at the professional services firm Rothstein Kass (RKCO). There she created the first Women in Alternative Investments Hedge Fund Index to measure performance of female hedge fund and private equity managers.

Meredith is a foodie and wine lover and maintains a love of charcoal and open flames when it comes to her own cooking. She is a figure skater and skates weekly, relying on an inexplicable addiction to decaffeinated coffee for her early morning ice times.

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Mar 2, 2017

Claudia Perlich is a professional in the growing field of data science. With more than 50 published scientific articles, she is a widely acclaimed expert on big data and machine learning applications.

Claudia is the past winner of the Advertising Research Foundation’s (ARF) Grand Innovation Award and has been selected for Crain’s New York’s 40 Under 40 list, Wired Magazine’s Smart List, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.

Claudia holds multiple patents in machine learning.  And has worked at IBM’s Watson Research Center, focusing on data analytics and machine learning.  She is currently the Chief Scientist at a startup company called Dstillary. She holds a PhD in Information Systems from New York University (where she continues to teach at the Stern School of Business), and an MA in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

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