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Bio of the presenters

Kenneth J. Gergen

Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D.Kenneth J. Gergen, Ph.D., is a founding member, President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board, and the Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College.  Gergen also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.

Gergen is a major figure in the development of social constructionist theory and its applications to practices of social change. He also lectures widely on contemporary issues in cultural life, including the self, technology, postmodernism, the civil society, organizational change, developments in psychotherapy, educational practices, aging, and political conflict. Gergen has published over 300 articles in journals, magazines and books, and his major books include Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge, The Saturated Self, Realities and Relationships, and An Invitation to Social Construction. With Mary Gergen, he publishes an electronic newsletter, Positive Aging now distributed to 20,000 recipients.

Gergen has served as the President of two divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Division on Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and on Psychology and the Arts. He has served on the editorial board of 35 journals, and as the Associate Editor of The American Psychologist and Theory and Psychology.
http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/kenneth-j-gergen.xml?id=manuscripts&st=manuscripts

Sheila McNamee

Sheila McNamee, Ph.D.Sheila McNamee,  Ph.D., is Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. She is a founder, board member and vice president of the Taos Institute.

Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, education, health care, and communities. She is author of Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, with Kenneth Gergen (Sage, 1999). Other books include, Therapy as Social Construction, with Kenneth Gergen (Sage, 1992), Philosophy in Therapy: The Social Poetics of Therapeutic Conversation, with Klaus Deissler (Carl Auer Systeme Verlag, 2000), The Appreciative Organization, with her co-founders of the Taos Institute (Taos Institute, 2001) and The Social Construction of Organization with Dian Marie Hosking (Liber and Copenhagen Business School Press, 2006).
http://pubpages.unh.edu/~smcnamee/

Ottar Ness, Ph.D.

Ottar Ness, Ph.D.Ottar Ness, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Mental Health Care at the Centre of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway.

He is currently doing a three year Collaborative Action Research project on Collaborative practices in community mental health and substance abuse care, funded by the Research Council of Norway. He is also a Taos Institute Associate and a member of the advisory board for the TAOS institute Europe.

Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D.

Celiane Camargo-Borges, Ph.D.faculty at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

With a background in social psychology her practice and research are centered on interaction and relationships focusing on the potential of dialogue and collective creativity generating new possibilities for people as well as for organizations.

Celiane is also a member of the advisory board at the Taos Institute Europe, serving as a Ph.D. supervisor and workshop facilitator. She is a co-designer of the platform Designing Research focusing on collaborative and participatory ways of doing research.

Jan Roubal, M.D.

Jan Roubal, M.D.is a therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and psychotherapy trainer. He teaches psychotherapy and psychiatry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He has been working in a psychiatric hospital, mainly with depressive patients. Currently he works in a private practice. He founded and leads the Traning in Psychotherapy Integration and the Training in Gestalt Therapy. He is a member of the European Association of  Psychotherapy, European Association for Gestalt Therapy (chairing it´s Research Committee), Society for Psychotherapy Research and Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He publishes texts mostly on psychotherapy in clinical practice and has co-edited two books: a Czech publication „Current Psychotherapy“ (Portal, 2010) and „Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice. From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact“ (FrancoAngeli, 2013).
Contact: jan.roubal.cz@gmail.com.

Kristin Bodiford, Ph.D., MBA

Kristin Bodiford, Ph.D., MBAKristin believes that magic can happen when people come together around issues they care deeply about. In her work, she embraces transformative dialogic and relational models that engage diverse strengths and perspectives to address social issues and create positive change in communities. Kristin’s research interest focuses on how tapping into and strengthening relational resources help us to propel social innovation and support transformation. Kristin teaches courses on community practice, evaluation, qualitative and action research, research methods for social work, family policy in a global context, and violence across the lifespan at Dominican University, Graduate School of Social Work. She has published in the areas of aging friendly communities, positive youth development, and intergenerational community building. Kristin is a Taos Institute Associate and core faculty of the Taos Institute Masters in Relational Leading.

Jakob Norlem

Jakob NorlemTaos associate and Director of Taos Institute Europe.
Jakob also works as a leadership specialist, a consultant and a researcher.

In his daily work he is constantly searching for ways of co-creating leadership practices that match a constantly emerging complex world. Jakob delivers leadership training programs and talent development and assessment to 1000 leaders in Product Supply, building a leadership pipeline that support the leaders in creating results through others.

He has co-written a book on “The leader as a teamcoach” and have edited “The landscapes of coaching” and co-edited “Coaching in Organizations”.

Paloma Torres Dávila

Paloma Torres DávilaI am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Psychology. The present work is based on my doctoral dissertation. My general research interests include social violence, trauma, clinical interventions, and prevention of violence. Pursuing research during my graduate studies, I have worked in Attachment and Suicide studies, gaining expertise in qualitative research methods. Being mentored by Taos associate Dr. Edgardo Morales, I have become more interested in postmodern approaches to practice and research, particularly using constructionism and narratives as means to relate to and understand complex phenomena. I have recently completed the VMED scholar program sponsored by the NIMH in the US, as well as a certificate in Dialogical Practices through the Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile and Taos Institute.

Mgr. et Mgr. Lenka Formánková, Ph.D.

Mgr. et Mgr. Lenka Formánková, Ph.D.Lenka Formánková, Ph.D. works at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno. Lenka received degrees in comparative social policy and psychology. She publishes scientific articles in Czech and international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journal of Contemporary European Studies; Journal of Social Policy and Administration; Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum) and co-edited a book “Working paths of women in the Czech Republic” (Prague, 2011). She has participated in 8 national and international research projects on welfare policy, gender equality, employment and new forms of family and intimate life. In her academic work, Lenka Formánková focuses mainly on gender aspects of employment and labour market relations, work and family reconciliation, new forms of intimate life and quantitative research methods mainly biographic and narrative research.

Dr. Jacob Storch

Dr. Jacob StorchJacob has a long career as organizational consultant and director of the largest systemic and social constructionist consultancy in the Nordics. He is a part time associate professor and researcher at Aarhus University, and previously at Aarhus School of Architecture too. He has written several books and articles in Danish and international journals. He is member of the board of TAOS Europe and an associate.

Pavel Nepustil, Ph.D.

Pavel Nepustil, Ph.D.Pavel lives and works in Brno, Czech Republic. He is an independent consultant, psychologist and supervisor, with a main focus on substance use and addiction. Through the Narativ group, which he co-founded, he promotes and develops collaborative and dialogical practices in the Czech Republic. Between 2003 and 2013, he worked in a large NGO as a social worker, therapist and team leader of various projest aimed at helping illicit drug users with social integration. In 2013, he successfully defended his Ph.D thesis at Masaryk university that deals with a topic of natural recovery from long-term methamphetamine use. He is a Taos Institute associate, currently serving at Taos Associate Institute Council.