Speakers

Labros Sidossis

Dr. Labros S. Sidossis is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health and Professor of Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University. He has a BS in Exercise Sciences, an MS in Exercise Physiology, MA in Exercise Biochemistry and Nutrition, and a PhD in Nutrition - Metabolic Biochemistry from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. His research over the past 30 years has focused on the role of lifestyle factors (nutrition and exercise) in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, including obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemias. His studies have been funded by the NIH, the American Diabetes Association, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the European Union, and the industry. His 190+ papers in peer-reviewed journals have been cited > 11000 times; h-index: 48.

Christopher Brush 

Dr. Brush's work focuses on the interplay between emotion and cognition in normal and clinical populations. Specifically, he is interested in investigating the influence of health-related behaviors (e.g., physical activity) on emotional and cognitive function in clinical populations and understanding whether neural measures can be used to identify individuals who may or may not experience the antidepressant effects associated with exercise.

STEFF GALANTE 

Steff Galante is a Fitness and Class Program Coordinator and part-time Lecturer at Rutgers University. A large part of Steff’s professional work is in educating the effects of mindfulness and meditation techniques and a regular yoga practice in decreasing stress, increasing focus, and boosting success. She is a registered 200 hour Yoga teacher and Group Fitness Course Presenter and holds the following certifications: CSCS, USAW Sports Performance Coach, Zumba®, willPower & grace®, TRX® Group Training. Steff grew up as a dancer and athlete, playing softball and cheerleading. Always fascinated by human behavior and motivation, she majored in Psychology at Rutgers University and merged her two passions as she pursued a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Sport & Exercise Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. She started teaching group fitness classes in grad school and also has experience working one-on-one with clients as a Personal Trainer and training athletes as a Strength & Conditioning Coach.

DR. ANDREA SPAETH

Trained as an experimental psychologist, Dr. Spaeth has dedicated herself to a career in sleep research aimed at advancing our understanding of how changes in sleep behaviors affect health outcomes, with a focus on weight management and metabolic health. Dr. Spaeth developed her own independent line of research in this area as a graduate student by assessing the impact of sleep on weight, caloric intake and energy expenditure in healthy adults participating in an ongoing in-laboratory sleep restriction protocol. As a postdoctoral researcher, she gained experience in the implementation of sleep and meal timing interventions outside of the laboratory and examined the impact of these interventions on cardiometabolic outcomes. The ultimate goal of Dr Spaeth's research is to develop and implement effective lifestyle modification interventions related to sleep in diverse at-risk populations to promote health and wellness.

DR. DIANE RADLER

Dr. Radler started her career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) in clinical practice focusing on medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for acute care patients in medical/surgical, geriatrics, and endocrine care, and also as a consultant in research protocols. She then transitioned to academia at Rutgers University School of Health Professions and currently works with students in nutrition education programs from pre-professional to graduate degrees. Dr. Radler also teaches the synergy of nutrition and oral health to both the dietetic interns and the students in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Additionally she is the director for the Institute for Nutrition Interventions that ran a weight management / wellness research study from 2013-2017 at Rutgers that integrated behavioral interventions to support a healthy lifestyle.

HILDIE DUNN

Hildie Dunn is an expert life coach with a Master’s degree from Ohio State University. As a coach with Handel Group™, her mission is to empower everyone to live extraordinary lives and reach their deepest dreams and desires with joy and intention. Her spirit, while infectious and inspiring to her clients and colleagues, is balanced by her desire to see people through not only the victories, but also the roughest patches of their lives. That’s quite a tall order, but Hildie delights in the challenge. In addition to coaching, Hildie also teaches a powerful heart-mind-body fitness practice called intenSati.

STACY TRUKOWSKI

Stacy Trukowski is the Associate Director of Fitness & Wellness for Rutgers Recreational Services.  She has a Master’s degree in exercise science from James Madison University. She oversees a large fitness and wellness program for the University students and is one of the leaders of the Exercise is Medicine-on campus campaign. She has been a group fitness instructor for over 20 years. In 2013 she became an Intensati leader because she believes this practice is life-changing in many ways, personally and professionally. 

JENNIFER BRIDENBAUGH

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences at Rutgers, School of Health Professions for  the BS Nutrition and Dietetics, Coordinated Program and in her 26th year as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Her education started at Rutgers University, continued at Yale New-Haven Hospital Dietetic Internship and then completing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers (formerly UMDNJ). Her career began at the University Hospital in Newark NJ in critical care and continued at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and other area acute care facilities. She has been a certified nutrition support clinician for 25 years. Over the years Jennifer has enjoyed educating individuals in nutrition for general health and wellness, sports nutrition and prevention of chronic disease. In addition she enjoys the assessment for need of nutrition interventions in the clinical setting such as individuals with chronic disease management, malnutrition and nutrition support. Jennifer enjoys teaching nutrition science to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels but also enjoys research and facilitation of inter-professional education for students in programs such as nursing, medicine, dentistry, doctorate in physical therapy, physician assistant, and athletic training.

DR. PETE ECONOMOU

Pete Economou Ph.D., ABPP was trained in counseling psychology and is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treating a wide range of disorders and specializing in working with high performers (e.g., athletes). Dr. Pete is licensed by NJ and NY to practice psychology and has also conducted research in several areas including: multicultural psychology, evidence-based treatments- mainly third wave cognitive and behavioral therapies, LGBT topics, and issues related to executive functioning. He is an active member of state and national psychology associations, has been in the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Sports Psychology since 2014, and is a contributor to media outlets and social media.

DR. SIOBHÁN GIBBONS

Dr. Siobhán Gibbons Ed.D. CYT is a staff psychologist at Rutgers University Counseling, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). She has been teaching meditation since 2005 and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshops at Rutgers Recreation Services since 2016.  She also teaches the drop in Mindfulness Meditation Noon workshops three days a week at Rutgers University.  She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and has completed the 40-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher training at Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.  She is also certified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society in University of Massachusetts Medical School.

DR. MARSHA E. BATES

Marsha E. Bates, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, and a Resident Scholar of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She heads the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory that promotes translation between basic human research and clinical application. Her research and publications include alcohol effects on memory, cognition, emotion, arousal regulation, and the cardiovascular system.  Dr. Bates is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

DR. JENNIFER BUCKMAN

Jennifer Buckman has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health and Sciences University. She is an Associate Professor in the Rutgers Department of Kinesiology and part of a team science laboratory that uses psychophysiology, neuroimaging, pharmacology, statistics, and psychology methodologies. Her primary research focuses on the effects of alcohol and drug use on health. Most recently, she was recently awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of college binge drinking on blood vessel health.

LAURA HOGE

Laura Hoge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who works in private practice in Highland Park, NJ. Laura specializes working with substance use disorders, complex trauma, and with issues specific to sexual orientation and gender identity. Laura currently works as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy Program, and has served as a lead instructor for the Addiction Certification Training Program at Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies.  Laura is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization of teachers of motivational conversations. She has offered multidisciplinary trainings, consulting, and coaching in Motivational Interviewing throughout the State of NJ, including working with doctors, nurses, health educators, first responders, and behavioral health workers. Laura has also provided trainings in cultural humility, anti-racist and LGBTQ-affirmative practice.