Scott Lilienfeld is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. Scott earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His principal areas of research are personality disorders, psychiatric classification and diagnosis, evidence-based practices in psychology, and the challenges posed by pseudoscience to clinical psychology. Scott received the 1998 David Shakow Award for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology, is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is the co-author of Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology and Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding.
Ernst Koster professor of clinical psychology at the University of Gent. His work focuses on the role of cognitive processes as risk factor for anxiety and depression. In this respect he examines : basic cognition & emotion interactions, the nature of information-processing biases in anxiety and depression, the malleability of cognitive risk factors for anxiety and depression. Ernst Koster has been (co-) author on major papers that advance new frameworks on the role of attention in depression and rumination, the integration of biological and cognitive risk factors for depression. Moreover, recent work has shown that it is possible to modify cognitive risk factors using innovative methods to change attention and working memory capacity. This work has important potential for applied clinical interventions.
Sylvie Blairy is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liège. She is interested in the heterogeneity of the symptomatic manifestations of depression and the psychological processes that are responsible for the development and maintenance of this disorder. She is a psychotherapist and studies the effects of the use of behavioural activation treatment interventions (activity recording, activity planning, goal-oriented activities, work on important life domains and values) on depressive symptomatology, as well as on the cognitive processes (e.g., mental rumination, interpretation bias, attention bias) and behavioural (e.g., experiential avoidance) that maintain the depressive disorder.
Pierre Philippot is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Louvain. His teaching and research domains cover emotion (with special interests for cognitive regulation of emotion and autobiographical memories, respiratory feedback in emotion, and emotional facial expression recognition) and psychotherapy, especially CBT, mindfulness and emotion focused approaches. He founded at UCL and is presently directing a clinical centre specialized in the treatment of emotional disorders. He is directing a post-graduate training for psychotherapists, focussing on empirically based practice.