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Open Mind Lecture

The Body Keeps The Score

Bessel van der Kolk, MD with Robert Pynoos, MD 

Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of the #1 New York Times Non-Fiction best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma. In this groundbreaking book that has been on the best-seller list for 141 weeks, Dr. van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust and shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including body work, psychodrama, mindfulness techniques, parts work, yoga, and neurofeedback. 

Robert S. Pynoos, M.D. MPH, will join Dr. van der Kolk in discussion. Dr. Pynoss is a Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Director, UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Program; and former Executive Director of the Anxiety Section of the UCLA Psychiatry Program. He is the Co-Director of the federally sponsored Duke/UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.  


  • Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a pioneer clinician, researcher, and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work uniquely integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic, somatic, and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. He is the founder of the Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) in Boston. He and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR. He is also the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world.

  • Dr. Robert Pynoos, as Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, leads and coordinates a nationwide network of more than 70 academic and community-based centers dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized youth, families, and communities throughout the United States. He has been a pioneer in the development of psychological first aid, acute, intermediate, and long-term violence, war, and disaster interventions, including strategies to address trauma and loss reminders, post-trauma adversities, parenting and family recovery, and traumatic loss. He is co-developer of the UCLA FOCUS Program, a family-centered resiliency and skill-based intervention adapted for military families. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and loss on child and adolescent development, including neurobiology, moral development, and high-risk behaviors. He has helped the U.S. Department of Education in its response to school shootings, has received the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the 2007 ESCAP (European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) Award for Contributions to the Field of Child Trauma, the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award (2004) from the America Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for excellence in disaster psychiatry. He is also the former Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorders Section of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry. 

Wednesday, December 8

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.


For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu



Open Mind Lecture

Good Anxiety

Wendy Suzuki, PhD

In her latest book, GOOD ANXIETY:  Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion,  Dr. Wendy Suzuki, world-renowned neuroscientist and author of the best-selling book, Healthy Brain, Happy Life, explains how to harness the power of anxiety into unexpected gifts.  In this, her highly anticipated new book, Dr. Suzuki offers anyone who has ever felt powerless over stress, dread, panic, or life’s many “what if’s”, an essential, user-friendly and practical guide to unlocking the potential of anxiety to be a benefit, a "superpower",  instead of a drawback.  


We are living in the age of anxiety, a situation that often makes us feel as if we are locked into an endless cycle of stress, sleeplessness, and worry.  From a global pandemic to political divisions and climate change, the past year and a half has been stressful for everyone. It’s no wonder so many of us are dealing with feelings of unease and even panic—in fact, even prior to the pandemic, an estimated 90 percent of the population is affected by some degree of anxiety. For most of us, it would be difficult to describe anxiety as a good feeling. But what if it could be? What if we could work with our anxiety rather than against it and use it to be more productive, more optimistic, more creative, and ultimately more resilient?  


Instead of thinking of anxiety as something negative to avoid, diminish, or eliminate, Dr. Suzuki shows us how we can use it to motivate, enlighten, and benefit us.  She reveals that anxiety is not only essential for our survival but also a key component of our ability to live optimally. Drawing from her personal experience with anxiety and cutting-edge neuroscience research,  Dr. Suzuki helps us understand how simple but powerful shifts in mindset can help us transform our social anxiety, fear of performance, or fear of public speaking into positive and "superpower" assets for our everyday lives. 


Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., is a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the New York University Center for Neural Science. She is the author of three books, Anxiety is Your Superpower:  Using Anxiety to Think Better, Feel, Better, and Do Better;  Happy Brain Happy Life:  A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better;  and Good Anxiety:  Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion


Catherine Mogil, Psy.D.  Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director, DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence will join Dr. Suzuki in conversation.  Dr. Mogil is also Clinical Director, UCLA Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Clinic and Director, Family Development Program at the Semel Institute. 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu



Open Mind Lecture

The Neuroscience of Creativity

Catherine Opie with Robert Bilder, PhD

The Neuroscience of Creativity

Exploring the mapping and tracking of ideas through images with Catherine Opie, world-renowned artist and UCLA Professor, in conversation with Robert Bilder, PhD., Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Distinguished Professor of Creativity Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Semel Institute.  


Catherine Opie, UCLA Professor and Chair of the Department of Art,  is an artist working primarily in photography. She was a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow recipient and recently returned from the American Academy in Rome as the Robert Mapplethorpe Resident in Photography for 2021. In September of 2008, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a mid-career exhibition titled, Catherine Opie: American Photographer. Her first monograph, Catherine Opie, was recently published by Phaidon in June of 2021. Opie received a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1988. 


Professor Robert M. Bilder, is Chief, Division of Psychology; UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Semel Institute, and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu



Open Mind Lecture

Of Sound Mind

Dr. Nina Kraus with Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD

OF SOUND MIND: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World will change the way we think about the sounds around us.  In her groundbreaking new book, Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University professor, neuroscientist, and director of the renowned Brainvolts Lab, uses her thirty years' experience studying the interplay of the brain and sound to show for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain's core functions.  Dr. Kraus, using her pathbreaking research on sounds and hearing, leads us through a fascinating exploration of sound’s surprisingly unrecognized role in both the healthy and hurting brain.  She brilliantly makes the case that the sounds of the world around us—and what sounds we’re exposed to throughout our lives—impact the development of our brains, the abilities and weaknesses we develop, and who we are as human beings. 


Of Sound Mind explores: 

  • How the brain connects sound with meaning, and how our sonic memories are formed

  • Why there is more to keeping a beat than playing music or holding our own on the dancefloor; rhythm has a deep connection to language and our biological systems, and how they function

  • How music has a profound effect on our brain’s ability to process sound, and why musicians—defined here as anyone who has played an instrument regularly at any point in their lives—have measurably better sound minds for decades

  • Why athletes are also better able to hear specific sounds in rooms full of noise, and how their brains tune sounds in and out differently from the way musicians do

  • Why people who are bilingual are better able to hear and distinguish sounds throughout their lives; the effort of learning two languages gives their brains a distinct advantage in other listening roles

  • How the way the brain processes (or does not process) sound can lead to an accurate diagnosis of concussion—a challenging diagnosis to make—or of other brain injuries, and then also play a role in the treatment

  • What strategies can be used to practice distinguishing speech in noise (the most challenging hearing struggle as people age), and why this is a critical area of study when hearing difficulties can lead to many other health problems

  • Why the increased noise of our 21st century lives—traffic, machinery, the use of headphones, and even the humming of our computers and appliances—takes a toll on our sound minds and nervous systems, even when the noise level is modest


Mark Jude Tramo, M.D., Ph.D., will join Dr. Kraus in discussion.  Dr. Tramo is the Director of the Institute for Music & Brain Science, Co-Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiative, and both an Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  

Monday, February 7, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu



Open Mind Lecture

Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence

Anna Lembke, MD with Karen Miotto, MD 

In Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, Dr. Anna Lembke, renowned author and psychiatrist, explores the secret to finding balance in our dopamine-overloaded world.  An eye-opening survey on pleasure-seeking and addiction, Dopamine Nation, an instant New York Times best-seller, discusses the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain,...and what we can do about it.  Looking at our dependence on the smartphone, the modern-day hypodermic needle that delivers digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation, Dr. Lembke shows us how we have all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption, whether it be over-indulging on technology, social media, food, work or sex, and explains the personal and societal price of being ruled by the next fix. 


Anna Lembke, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic, is also the author of 

Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop, which was highlighted in The New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic.  She recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives.


A clinician scholar, Dr. Lembke has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations and has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.  She keeps an active speaking calendar and maintains a thriving clinical practice.

Karen Miotto, M.D., will join Dr. Lembke in discussion. Dr. Miotto is the Director of the UCLA Addition Psychiatry Service and Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA

Thursday, March 3, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.


For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu


Open Mind Film Festival

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Lecture

Yes! Your Child Can

Victoria E Waller, EdD with Dr. Stephen Hinshaw

In Yes! Your Child Can: Creating Success for Children with Learning Differences, Dr. Victoria Waller, an educational therapist who has worked with thousands of children with learning differences for over 40 years, shares with parents, teachers, and therapists her decades of proven techniques to create success for children with learning differences. Her step-by-step guide begins with that gut feeling that something might be amiss with the child, to the journey of testing, medication, choosing a team, addressing issues with reading, writing, executive functioning and more, while building the child’s confidence using their own strengths and passions. The book inspires, educates, and enables the child to achieve academic success and actually feel happy about learning. 


Victoria E. Waller, Ed.D. holds a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University, an M.Ed. as a certified reading specialist, and an Ed.D., focusing on reading and learning differences, from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Waller has been awarded the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumna College of Education award, was one of three finalists for the L.A. Music Center’s Bravo Award for Outstanding Teaching , and was named the Local Hero in the L.A. Times for her Printer Pal Program, connecting students with nursing home occupants. Dr. Waller has created products for children for Disney and M&M Mars and taught children to read using her Labrador Retrievers, although her latest puppy, Tutor, still eats her books instead of reading them. She has travelled to 70 countries sharing her knowledge of animals with her students. 


Dr. Stephen Hinshaw Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco will join Dr. Waller in discussion and will also talk about his new book, Straight Talk about ADHD in Girls: How to Help Your Daughter Thrive. His developmental psychopathology research focuses on ADHD. He has authored over 375 articles and chapters plus 12 books. Beyond teaching prizes, he has won numerous national and international research awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association and the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the National Academy of Medicine. His extensive media coverage includes the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and many more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Documentary

Struggle in Paradise

Stuart Perlman, Ph.D.

Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program with Stuart Perlman, Ph.D., cPsychologist/Psychoanalyst/Artist, who made the award-winning documentary, Struggle in Paradise, about his Faces of Homelessness portrait project. This film won the Gradiva "Best Movie of the Year" Award, from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Dr. George Atwood, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University described this film:

“Magnificent ... anyone who views it with an open mind and an open heart will find it to be transforming — the homeless men and women interviewed and painted are revealed as human beings like all of us, and seeing them and listening to their stories not only helps us to understand them, but also returns us to ourselves and to our own stories.   The lives and experiences of the homeless show great tragedy; but they also show heroism, and beauty."  

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine proclaims the portraits as “Great Art Worldwide”. Dr. Perlman reminds us that these homeless individuals, too, are to be valued: "If we can see into their faces and learn their stories -- their hopes, dreams, accomplishments and fears -- we can no longer pretend that they don't exist...we can no longer look the other way."

Thursday, June 9, 2022

 5:00 - 6:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu