2018 Keynote Speaker Information
Richard Koestner is a professor of Psychology at McGill University where he has conducted research on human motivation for over 30 years. He has published over 175 scientific articles and his recent work focuses on how to effectively select, pursue, and (sometimes) disengage from personal goals. Richard received the 2007 Canadian Psychological Association award for excellence in teaching and training. He also won Principal’s Prize for excellence in teaching from McGill University (2008).
Dr. Michael J. Constantino received his BA in psychology from SUNY at Buffalo, and his MS and PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. He completed a predoctoral clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Constantino is now professor of clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he directs his Psychotherapy Research Lab, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the theory and practice of psychotherapy, and supervises clinicians-in-training. Dr. Constantino’s professional and research interests center on patient, therapist, and dyadic characteristics and processes that influence psychosocial treatments; pancontextual principles of clinical change, or common factors; measurement-based care; and the interface of social and clinical psychology to inform clinical practice. Dr. Constantino has published over 130 articles and chapters in leading journals and books in the field, and he has received grant and contract funding to support his research. His work has been recognized internationally, and he received several early career research awards, including from the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Among other professional positions, Dr. Constantino is past-president of the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and fellow and current president of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of the American Psychological Association).