November 2-3, 2018

UCLA Luskin Conference Center

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Course Director

Andrew Leuchter, MD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Director, TMS Clinical and Research Program

Director, Neuromodulation Division

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Britt Salvesen, PhD

Department Head and Curator of Photography, Prints, and Drawings


Plenary Faculty

Antonio Damasio

University Professor

Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology & Philosophy

Director, Brain and Creativity Institute

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Jared Diamond, PhD

Professor of Geography

University of California, Los Angeles

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD

The Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders

Professor of Psychiatry

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Daniel Levitin, PhD, MSc

Neuroscientist, McGill University

Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities, Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute

Author, This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind

Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

James McGill Professor of Music and Neuroscience, McGill University


Herb Alpert

Trumpet Player, Arranger

9x Grammy Award Winner

29 Gold and Platinum Record Awards

Co-founder, A&M Records

Founder, The Herb Alpert Foundation

Artist - Painter and Sculptor

Gayle Brandeis, MFA

Professor in Low Residency MFA Programs

Sierra Nevada College and Antioch University Los Angeles

Author, The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide (Beacon Press)

Andrea Ghez, PhD

Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine Chair in Astrophysics

Director, UCLA Galactic Center Group

Tiffany Greenwood, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Laboratory for Psychiatric Spectrum Research

University of California, San Diego

Vijay Gupta, MM

Founder/Artistic Director, Street Symphony

First Violin, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Faculty, Longy School of Music of Bard College

Richard Haier, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Pediatric Neurology Division of the School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine

Editor-in-Chief, Intelligence

Author, The Neuroscience of Intelligence, 2017, Cambridge University Press

Lani Hall

Vocalist, former lead singer of Brasil 66

Record Producer, Lyricist

2x Grammy Award Winner

Co-founder, The Herb Alpert Foundation

Author, Emotional Memoirs

Suzanne Hudson, PhD

Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts

University of Southern California

Joe Ide

Author: The IQ Novels: IQ, Righteous, Wrecked

Winner: Macavity, Shamus, Strand Critics and Anthony Awards

New York Times, Critics Top Books; The Wall Street Journal, Best Mysteries; The Guardian, Best Crime Novels



12x Grammy Nominee

8x Performer at The White House

Winner, Outstanding Jazz Album, California Music Awards

Actress, Selma and The Tale of Four

Recording Artist of eight studio albums

Psyche Loui, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist


Assistant Professor of Music and Creativity

Northeastern University

Previously taught at Harvard Medical School and Wesleyan University

Steven Loza, PhD

Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Director, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, UCLA

Author, Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music, The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson and Barrio Harmonics

Recording artist and Grammy voting member

Former Director of the Arts of Americas Institute, University of New Mexico

David Peterson, MA

Creator of Dothraki - GOT language

Author, Art of Language Invention

Producer, Conlanging–The Art of Crafting Tongues

Co-founder, Language Creation Society

Elyn Saks, JD, PhD

Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis, 2010

Director, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

John Stern, MD

Professor, Department of Neurology

Director, Epilepsy Clinical Program

Director, Epilepsy Residency Training

Co-Director, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Diana Thater, MFA

Faculty and Former Chair, Graduate Art Department

ArtCenter College of Design

Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships

Awarded 2018 LACMA Art + Technology Grant

Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH

David Weil Endowed-Chair and Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Department of Health Policy and Management

Fielding School of Public Health

Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Health System (Staff Psychiatrist)

RAND Corporation (Affiliated Adjunct Staff)