Keynote Speaker

Each year a Keynote Speaker is invited to address WPCUR attendees.

Dr. Mark Barajas2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Barajas

Professor Mark Barajas is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Saint Mary's College of California. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Mary's, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a COSMOS Teacher Fellow for mathematics and science at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Barajas also holds a Lifetime Teaching Credential from the State of California and served two years in Bolivia as a member of the Peace Corps. An avid jazz music fan, Dr. Barajas' research interests revolve around college student mental health and wellness, race and racism, and multicultural education. He maintains a small private practice in Berkeley and lives in the East Bay with his wife and two children.


2018 Speaker2018 Keynote Speaker: FBI SSA Steven R. Hale

Supervisory Special Agent Steven R. Hale has over 20 years of experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has been posted in major cities across the nation, including Washington D.C. and in Puerto Rico. As Supervisory Special Agent, SSA Hale is responsible for leading teams of special agents in investigations, managing the field, administrative, and analytic work of investigations. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and held various positions in crisis management, including crisis negotiator and crisis manager, and holds numerous certifications. Among his notable accomplishments, SSA Hale has developed platforms and organized task forces targeting international terrorism and transnational organized crime. These developments have been responsible for disrupting and prosecuting numerous threat actors.



Ekaterina Bezrukova2016 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ekaterina Bezrukova

Katerina Bezrukova is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. Prior to joining the faculty at SCU, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Management Department of the Wharton School and a faculty member at Rutgers University. Her research interests revolve around teams and groups with topics including group composition, diversity training, group processes, performance, and health. She asks questions about how cliques and rifts within a group, or faultlines, form and change over time and how such divisions affect group productivity. Her work involves both lab and field settings, which often involve large multi-method, multi-source, multi-level archival databases. Following on her passion for numbers, she tries to quantify human behavior to predict team chemistry and performance based on a group's composition or specific faultline combinations. She particularly enjoys applying the faultline framework to solve issues of practical importance such as understanding conflict management and negotiations tactics, building team chemistry in professional sports or international space crews that have to operate under unique conditions such as long-duration missions to Mars, and helping marginalized people who are tokens in organizations to survive and excel when they are in the minority. Her work appears in Organization Science, Journal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesPersonnel PsychologyJournal of Organizational Behavior, and other outlets.

Dr. Matthew Walker

2015 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matthew P. Walker

Professor Walker earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, UK, and subsequently became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. He is currently Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley, where he directs the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.

He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and in 2006, became a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. He was recently featured in "Sleepless in America" on the National Geographic Channel in November 2014. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. 

Dr. Erika Rosenberg

2013 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Erika Rosenberg

Erika Rosenberg received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco (1994) and her B.S. in Neuroscience from San Jose State University (1986). Her research has examined how our feelings are revealed in our facial expressions, how social factors influence emotional signals, and how anger affects cardiovascular health. Her work is published in a wide range of psychological journals and books, and she speaks at national conferences on the topics of emotions and facial expressions. She currently collaborates with other scientists on numerous projects in psychology, medicine, and computer science. Dr. Rosenberg has served on the faculties of the University of Delaware and the College of William and Mary. Currently, she conducts research at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, teaches at the Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies in Berkeley, and offers workshops worldwide.



Dr. Gregory J. Feist 2012 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Gregory J. Feist

Gregory J. Feist is Associate Professor of Psychology at San Jose State University. He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in 1985 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. One major focus of his research is establishing the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science. His book Psychology of Science and the Origins of the Scientific Mind (2006, Yale University Press) was awarded the 2007 William James Book Prize by the Division of General Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA). He is a founding president of the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology and  founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychology of Science & Technology published by Springer Publications.

A second major area of focus is the identification and development of scientific talent. His paper (co-authored with Frank Barron) Predicting creativity from early to late adulthood: Intellect, potential, and personality won Article of Year for 2003 in Journal of Research in Personality. His research in creativity has been recognized by an Early Career Award from the Division for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Division 10) of American Psychological Association (APA). He is Past-President of APA's Division 10 and is on the Editorial Boards of Review of General Psychology, Journal of Research in Personality, and Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.  He is co-author of the textbook Theories of Personality (McGraw-Hill) as well as the forthcoming Psychology: Making Connections (McGraw-Hill).


Dr. Stephen Hinshaw

2011 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw

Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw is Chair and Professor of the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.  His talk is entitled "Adolescents, Pressure, and Mental Health: A Triple Bind?"

Dr. Hinshaw. is a clinical psychologist who received his Bachelor's summa cum laude from Harvard University and his M. A. and Ph. D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, with minors in quantitative and physiological psychology. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CNN Live, ABC World News, CBS Evening News, National Public Radio and featured in numerous print publications across the nation.  His most recent books are  "The triple bind: Saving our teenage girls from today's pressures (2009) and "The mark of shame: Stigma of mental illness and the agenda for change (2007)." He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and delivered over 40 keynote speaker addresses. He has received numerous grants from the NIDA, NSF, NIMH, NINDS, and others.

His research interests include "childhood behavior disorders, developmental psychopathology, ADHD; aggressive behavior, peer relations, family interactions, and neuropsychological risk factors; psychosocial and pharmacological interventions for children with ADHD; process and outcome research in child interventions; assessment, diagnosis, and classification of child disorders; definitions of mental disorder; stigma associated with mental disorder."