Who we are

Paul Atkins

Paul is a board endorsed Organisational Psychologist who works in both academia and industry.  He teaches organisational and behavioural psychology at the School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, as well as coordinating the Master of Clinical Counselling program. He is a registered psychologist with a PhD in Psychology from Cambridge University.  He regularly teaches mindfulness-based courses and uses ProSocial in his executive coaching of staff from a wide variety of organisations.

He works with members of the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (ACU) on a range of projects exploring the impacts of mindfulness and values-based living on upon identity, perspective taking and relationships. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science and has just completed a book for Cambridge University Press on the use of mindfulness training in organizations. 

He has a particular interest in enhancing cooperation in school, organizational and community groups through the application of ProSocial.

Anthony Biglan

Tony is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. He is a former president of the Society for Prevention Research. He has conducted numerous experimental evaluations of interventions to prevent tobacco use both through school-based programs and community-wide interventions. And, he has evaluated interventions to prevent high-risk sexual behavior, antisocial behavior, and reading failure.

In recent years, his work has shifted to more comprehensive interventions that have the potential to prevent the entire range of child and adolescent problems. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Prevention, which released its report in 2009 documenting numerous evidence-based preventive interventions that can prevent multiple problems.

His recent review of preventive interventions concluded that diverse psychological, behavioral, and health problems can be prevented through the promotion of nurturing families, schools, and communities.

Joseph Ciarrochi

Joe is Professor of Psychology at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, at the Australian Catholic University. He is an active researcher with numerous national competitive grants. He studies resilience, the individual characteristics that help you to deal flexibly with setbacks and lead a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. He as an expert at promoting resilience, using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology.

Professor Ciarrochi has over 100 international journal articles, books, and book chapters and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and leading universities and institutions around the world. He currently has over 1 million dollars in competitive funding to investigate the causes of well-being and interpersonal effectiveness.

Beate Ebert

Beate is a clinical psychologist and behavioral psychotherapist, working in private practice in Aschaffenburg, Germany. She is a peer reviewed trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and she is providing trainings and lectures in Germany and internationally. She is a founding member and chairperson of the German ACBS Chapter, DGKV. In 2010, along with friends and colleagues, she founded commit and act, a non-profit organization to provide psychosocial support in Sierra Leone and other areas of conflict.

The commit and act team has successfully used the PROSOCIAL approach for behavior change in the Ebola crisis and to reduce gender based violence in families in Sierra Leone. Beate also started to use PROSOCIAL for the integration of immigrants in Germany.

Steven C. Hayes

Steve is Nevada Foundation Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. His career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and the promotion of human growth.

He developed "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy," a powerful therapy method, that is useful in a wide variety of areas. His popular book "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" was featured in Time Magazine among several other major media outlets and for a time was the number one best selling self-help book in the United States.

His work has been recognized by several awards including the Impact of Science on Application award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Alan Honick

Alan is the project coordinator for PROSOCIAL. He is also a documentary filmmaker, whose work has focused primarily on environmental issues, winning awards for journalism, photography, and editing. His documentaries have been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, and educational versions of his films have been distributed to schools internationally.

Several years ago he began shifting his focus to what he considers the problem that underlies environmental, and for that matter, nearly all human conflict — differing perceptions of fairness. He began to investigate the human sense of fairness from an evolutionary perspective, and his research eventually led to the work of Elinor Ostrom, and her design principles for common-pool resource groups, which he considers a practical blueprint for implementing fairness within a group.

At the same time, some of his multimedia work on fairness was published in This View of Life, the online magazine of the Evolution Institute. This led to an invitation to participate in the initial planning session for PROSOCIAL. He is currently producing informational and training videos for PROSOCIAL, as well as helping to manage its growth into an effective worldwide organization that can bring more fairness to every aspect of life on the planet.

Kiman Lucas

Kiman has over 30 years of executive management and general counsel experience in international business and development. She spent several years as Executive Director of Clear Path International — a nonprofit that provided support for civilian war victims and organizations that served them with offices/projects in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. She previously served as General Counsel for several companies including Classmates Online (social network), M2E Power (alternative energy), Cordance/Intermind (online identity management), Phorm/121 Media (social network), and other technology, software and media companies.

She was General Counsel for several years for PATH, an international public health NGO headquartered in Seattle. She was also a Senior Legal Officer with the Office of Legal Counsel within the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and helped found The Concept Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. Kiman earned her B.A. in International Relations and has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Northwestern School of Law.

Ms. Lucas currently lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State and travels extensively for projects and pleasure.

David Sloan Wilson

David is president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology of Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York. He has made foundational contributions to evolutionary theory and to the study of evolution in relation to human affairs.

He is widely credited for reviving and developing the theory of multi-level selection, which provides a framework for studying the evolution of prosociality in all species. His collaboration with Elinor Ostrom prior to her death in 2012 provides the theoretical foundation for the PROSOCIAL project.

He has also applied the design principles approach to real-world groups in schools (Wilson, Kauffman and Purdy 2011) and neighborhoods (Wilson 2011; Wilson, Marshall, and Iserhott 2011).