“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 ZimbardoAdvisor

      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?”

    • Dr Olivia Efthimiou
      Dr Olivia EfthimiouAdvisor

      Dr Olivia Efthimiou  is a researcher at Murdoch University, Perth and Associate Researcher at the AustralianNational Academy of Screen and Soundresearch centre.She is one of a group of international authors featured in theHandbook 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 ofHeroism Science, the first international peer-refereed cross-disciplinary journal dedicated to heroism research. She is the website creator and administrator ofHeroism Science – Promoting the Transdisciplinary Study of Heroism in the 21st Century.

    • Jane Reynolds
        Jane ReynoldsAdvisor

        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.


      • Brian Riches
          Brian RichesAdvisor

          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.

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