“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

Margaret Mead

Advisory Committee

  • Dr Philip Zimbardo
    Dr Philip Zimbardo Advisor

    Philip Zimbardo is one of the most distinguished living psychologists. He has served as President of the American Psychological Association and designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology.  He has published more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles and chapters, among them, Shyness, The Lucifer Effect, The Time Cure, The Time Paradox, and most recently, Man, Interrupted. A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. Dr. Zimbardo currently lectures worldwide and is actively working to promote his non-profit Heroic Imagination Project www.heroicimagination.org.  His current research looks at the psychology of heroism. He asks: “What pushes some people to become perpetrators of evil, while others act heroically on behalf of those in need?”

  • Brian Riches
    Brian Riches Advisor

    Brian Riches is a doctoral student in the Positive Developmental Psychology program at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include Heroism, Moral Development, Positive Youth Development, Altruism, Empathy, Prosocial Behavior, and other Positive Psychology topics such as Character Strengths and Mindfulness. Brian has expertise in program and intervention creation and evaluation. Most of his work has focused on adolescents and emerging adults. Heroism is one of Brian’s favorite topics, his favorite real-life hero is Edward Snowden, and his favorite superhero is Batman. He is actively engaged in researching how real-life heroes develop differently than non-heroes. You can see more of Brian’s work here.

  • Olivia Efthimiou
    Olivia Efthimiou Advisor

    Olivia Efthimiou  is a researcher at Murdoch University, Perth and Associate Researcher at the Australian National Academy of Screen and Sound research centre. She is one of a group of international authors featured in the Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership, the first definitive multiple disciplinary edited volume on heroism science scholarship. She is lead editor of the forthcoming collection Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives, published by Routledge, New York. This book will showcase the continued presence of heroic ideas and action in contemporary societies from a broad range of settings, disciplines and perspectives – from business, to law, popular culture, economics, history and more. She is lead editor of Heroism Science, the first international peer-refereed cross-disciplinary journal dedicated to heroism research. She is the website creator and administrator of Heroism Science – Promoting the Transdisciplinary Study of Heroism in the 21st Century.

  • Jane Reynolds
    Jane Reynolds Advisor

    Jane Reynolds (M Psych) is a registered psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia (PBA) and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Jane is an experienced psychologist who offers treatment to children, adolescents and adults. Jane assists in managing a broad range of issues by working collaboratively with people, motivating them to move towards their identified goals.

    Jane’s aim is to work collaboratively with people, supporting, encouraging and motivating them to move towards their identified goals and maintaining positive mental and physical health.

     

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