Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers: (1) Anjan Chatterjee, MD, (2) Arne Dietrich, PhD and (3) Klaus Gramann, PhD. 

Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Dr. Chatterjee is the Elliot Professor and Chief of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the editorial boards of Empirical Studies of the Arts, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Behavioural Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, European Neurology, The Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Brain Science, and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology.

In 2002 he was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is the past-president of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics and the past-President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. His current research focuses on spatial cognition, language, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics.

Arne Dietrich, PhD

Arne Dietrich is a Cognitive Neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. His work focuses on the neural basis of (1) creativity and flow, (2) psychological changes induced by physical exercise, and (3) altered states of consciousness. He is most known for the transient hypofrontality theory (THT), the dismantling of neuroimaging studies of creativity, as well as evolution and prediction models of creative thinking.

He is the author of two books (‘Introduction to Consciousness’ and ‘How Creativity Happens in the Brain’), and his scientific papers are among the most cited articles on the brain mechanisms of creativity, flow, and altered states of consciousness. Arne Dietrich has given a large number invited talks and keynote addresses around the world and his work has been featured prominently in the international press, including the BBC, CNN, Guardian, New York Times, Scientific American, Times, The Atlantic, and National Geographic.

Klaus Gramann, PhD

Professor Klaus Gramann is the Head of the Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology Ergonomics at the Berlin Institute of Technology in Berlin, Germany. He is also International Faculty at the Center for Advanced Neurological Engineering, University of California, San Diego. With a doctorate in Psychology, Dr. Gramann has a concerted interest in the neuroscience of embodied and spatial cognition. Dr. Gramann¹s particular specialty is in Mobile Brain/Body Imaging, which is the use of electrophysiological and multimodal measuring, recordings and analyses of brain dynamics continuously during daily activities in the efforts to improve personal well-being.

Additional Speakers

Robert Pascuzzi, MD

Dr. Pascuzzi was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He attended the public school systems including John Adams High School in South Bend, and received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, an M.D. degree in 1979 from Indiana University School of Medicine, and Neurology residency and fellowship training at the University of Virginia. In 1985 he joined the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine and has served as Chairman of the Department of Neurology since 2004. Dr. Pascuzzi directs the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis program at IU Health and the ALSA Multidisciplinary Clinic. He also focuses on general adult clinical neurology and neurological education. His research focuses on therapeutic trials in neuromuscular diseases including ALS. He has served as Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Chairman of the Board in 2009), past member of the Neurology Residency Review committee of the ACGME, past Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Neurology, and past Chair of the Medical/Scientific Advisory Board of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. He has been selected Outstanding Professor in Neurology by the graduating medical school class at Indiana University on 26 occasions, is past recipient of the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award by the Indiana University Board of Trustees, and has also received the Golden Apple Award as the outstanding professional chosen by the graduating medical school class eleven times. Dr. Pascuzzi received the national Distinguished Neurology Teaching Award from the American Neurological Association in 2001.

Emily Beckman, MA, DMH

Emily Beckman is an Assistant Clinical Professor or Medical Humanities at IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. Her academic interested include literature and medicine, empathy in medical education and practice, medicine in film, human sexuality, and hope/end-of-life.

Juliet King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC

Juliet L. King, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LMHC is assistant professor and director of the graduate art therapy program at Herron School of Art and Design and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the IU School of Medicine. Ms. King has spent over 15 years as a clinician, administrator, and professor of art therapy education. Professor King’s leadership has spearheaded over 30 clinical internships within the city of Indianapolis and surrounding communities and she has a vested interest working with veterans. Currently she is implementing the first specialized art therapy clinical service and internship program in neuroscience and medicine at the IU Neuroscience Center. Her research explores the integration of creativity, art therapy and neuroscience, with a focus on the exploration of neuroanatomical correlates of the unconscious. Recently she has written and edited a published textbook: Art Therapy, Trauma and Neuroscience: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives.

Myra Saad, MA

With her graduate studies in Art Therapy & Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA, USA), Myra Saad is one of the very few qualified art therapists in Lebanon. She has founded “Artichoke Studio- Art Therapy Center in Lebanon” to establish the field in the region. Between the U.S. and Lebanon, Myra has worked the last 8 years as an art therapist in hospitals, prisons, rehab centers, refugee camps, and other settings. She is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and has co-organized and presented at conferences in Lebanon, the U.S. and China. Having lived through the “civil war” in Lebanon, Myra’s interest turned to psychological trauma related to violent conflicts. She has been working in Lebanon and in Iraq with people affected by war. She has also written a chapter with Dr. Julia Byers highlighting contexts of Continuous Traumatic Stress in a book on art therapy in the Arab world.

Jeff Rothenberg, MD, MS

Dr. Rothenberg received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, his MS in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute and then completed his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University.  Dr. Rothenberg is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and an Examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as a Diplomate of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology for whom he serves as the District 5 Chairman.  He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award-National Recognition Award, the PEAR-Prestigious External Award and the Outstanding Teacher and Colleague in the Education of Clinical Science in the OB/GYN Clerkship.  Dr. Rothenberg serves as an editor for Clinical Updates in OBGYN and is a reviewer for several professional journals.  Prior to his current role he served as the CMO of University Hospital, Chief of Staff and most recently as the Director of Quality and Safety for Indiana’s largest physician practice group. Still a practicing OBGYN he is also an accomplished glass artist with work in public and private collections internationally. Educationally his passion is the integration of the Arts & Humanities into medical education, specifically as a tool for self-help and reflection as well as an opportunity for advancing interprofessional communication.

Janice Buelow, RN, PhD, FAAN

Janice Buelow, RN, PhD, FAAN, is the Vice President of Research and Programs at the Epilepsy Foundation of America. For almost three decades, she has worked with people with epilepsy. After finishing her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University, she joined the faculty in the school of nursing. She served as Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Adult Health at Indiana University’s School of Nursing, and has been honored for her work with epilepsy: She was named the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Researcher of the Year and received the Barron McBride Quality of Life award for her work with children with epilepsy and their parents. She was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. Her research focuses on children with epilepsy and developmental delay and their families, and she has been funded by the Epilepsy Foundation, NIH, and PCORI.

Heidi Fledderjohn MA, BC-DMT, E-RYT

Heidi Fledderjohn holds an MA and a Board Certification (the highest level of credentialing in the field) in Dance/movement Therapy. For the past 25 years, working the convergent edge of the mind/body connection, Heidi has built a clinical practice weaving together meditation, movement, and play to foster experiences of physical, psychological and relational change. She is an experienced yoga teacher and continues to train in meditation and meditation facilitation with Lorin Roche and Camille Maureen. Her clinical practice includes corporate and community work as well as individual clients. Selected corporate clients include: San Diego School System, Outward Bound Professional for Harvard Business School, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Kaiser Permanante Wellness System, the Christian Theological Seminary, St Vincent Hospital System and Aetna Health Care NYC in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. With individuals, Heidi uses on a body based, meditation system that supports, manages and transforms depression and anxiety.

Endorsement by the Marion Chace Foundation she published An Annotated Bibliography of Dance/movement Therapy 1040-1990, reviewing and indexing the first 50 years of Dance/movement Therapy writings. Heidi is also TEDX presenter and was invited to teach at the prestigious TEDActive conference in 2013. Her passion is creating moments, for communities and individuals, where embodiment engages curiosity, compassion and courage.

Arthur Liou, MFA

Jawshing Arthur Liou is an artist, educator, and administrator with a background in photography, digital media, film, and journalism. His recent projects include a pilgrimage in the sacred mountains in Tibet, a journey through the tsunami-ravaged coastline of Japan, and a cinematic collaboration with a brain scientist regarding the connection between endocannabinoids and memory. Liou’s videos and prints have been featured in programs, exhibitions, and collections in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Seoul Museum of Art and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

Michael Kaufmann, MLIS

Michael Kaufmann has a rich history of cultural entrepreneurship, city-building and artist management. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a bachelors in art theory and summa cum laude from San Jose State University with a masters in library and information science. Michael has worked as a film archivist for the New York Public Library, a project manager for Indiana Humanities, and worked for over a decade as label manager for Asthmatic Kitty Records (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, etc.). He currently works for the Health & Hospital Corporation in his role as VP of Civic Investment, having spent the last five years supporting art and design, ecology and equitable livability initiatives for Eskenazi Health. He recently served as the Connect Indy project manager as part of Plan 2020 (Indianapolis Bicentennial Plan), and recently developed a cultural economies strategy for the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indy Chamber. In addition to his work in Indianapolis he manages artists Son Lux, Hanna Benn and Oliver Blank. Michael serves on the boards of ArtMix, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Indiana Sports Corp President’s Council, No Mean City, Film Indy and co-chair’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Great Places 2020 steering committee.

Petr Bob, PhD

Dr. Bob is currently a Research and Associate Professor at Charles University in Prague, Center for Neuropsychiatric Research of Traumatic Stress & Department of Psychiatry. Petr Bob, PhD, received his Masters degree at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Theoretical Biology. He holds two PhDs, one in Neuroscience from 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and the other in Psychology from Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. His research and teaching interests include dissociation and traumatic stress, Psychophysiology (EEG and autonomic activity), Consciousness studies, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Complexity and Chaos Theory and their applications to psychology and neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind. To date he has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels at Charles University in courses (1) Medical Psychology, (2) Neuroscience and Psychopathology, (3) Psychotherapy, and (4) Research methods. In addition to his role as professor and advisor, he provides supervision of doctoral students working towards obtaining their PhD in Medical Psychology or Psychopathology. 


Debra Burns, PhD, MT-BC

Dr. Debra Burns, PhD, MT-BC is Professor of Music Therapy and Chair of the Department of Music and Arts Technology in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Dr. Burns’ holds a PhD in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Kansas, MM in Music Therapy from Illinois State University and a BA in Music Education from Glenville State College in West Virginia. She specializes in music-based intervention research using mixed methodologies across the cancer treatment continuum from disease-directed treatment, survivorship, and end of life. She is also interested in the integration of music technologies within music therapy pedagogy and clinical practice.


Travis Faad, MS

Travis Faas received a M.S. in Applied Computer Graphics from Purdue University in 2010. He is trained in a number of web development technologies and understands a number of server-side and client-side solutions. In 2008, he helped contribute to an educational game business plan that took 3rd place in the Burton D. Morgan business plan competition. He was honored in 2009 for his excellence in graduate student teaching by the Purdue Center for Instructional Excellence. During his time as a graduate student at Purdue, Travis studied mixed reality spaces, educational technology, and human factors. Before coming to IUPUI, he spent a year and a half working for Mediasuace in Carmel, Indiana. There he created interactive experiences for a number of NBA teams and the state of Indiana.

Travis enjoys finding fun ways to teach students about programming. He remains interested in mixed realities and bringing physically distant places together in new and potentially useful ways through a combination of streaming media and virtual reality.

Lukasz Konopka, PhD

Dr. Konopka is the Director of Clinical Neurophysiological Laboratory and an Assistant Professor of Biological Psychiatry. His current research interests include aging, clinical pharmacology, neuroimaging, Quantitative EEG, and Neuropeptides.