The PROSOCIAL Development Team

The development team for PROSOCIAL includes leaders in the applied behavioral sciences, who combine their disciplinary expertise with a unified evolutionary theoretical perspective.

Paul Atkins 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 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.

Frank W. Bond is Professor of Psychology and Management at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is also the Director of the Institute of Management Studies. He trained as a clinical psychologist and as a work (or Industrial-Organizational) psychologist, and, since obtaining his PhD in these fields, he combines theories and techniques from them to inform his research and practice. He has worked extensively with leaders, work groups, and entire organizations to design structures, processes, and systems both to enhance well-being and productivity at work. He has also published numerous randomized controlled trials demonstrating the success of these interventions. He publishes widely in the area of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychological flexibility, the mechanism by which ACT primarily produces its benefits.

Joseph Ciarrochi 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.

Steven C. Hayes 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 is a documentary filmmaker and journalist whose past work has focused primarily on the biological, social, and economic interrelationships between humans and the natural world. His work in that field has been recognized by 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. More recently he has turned his attention to a documentary investigation of the biological and cultural evolution of fairness in a project called "Survival of the Fairest", in partnership with the Evolution Institute. Also in association with the Evolution Institute he has created an introductory video about PROSOCIAL, and is producing video training materials to help launch the project. As PROSOCIAL progresses, he is planning to follow its development to create a feature documentary film.

Jerry Miller Executive Director of the Evolution Institute. He received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational psychology and spent 18 years at the University of South Florida, where he created, directed, researched, and managed organizations and projects that served communities and youth in economic development and job creation activities, as well as school-based and out of school intervention programs.  Programs he directed include the nationally recognized Prodigy Youth Cultural Arts Program, a juvenile justice court diversion resiliency-based program for at-risk and arrested youth that has among the lowest recidivism rate in the state.  He founded the College Link program that served about 2000 high school youth annually with tutoring and mentoring. He has also created micro lending programs and job development centers. He has been awarded over 25 grants and contracts from federal, state, and local agencies and foundations and has presented his work both domestically and internationally.

Kevin Polk is the Psychology Section Chief in the Maine Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and has an active private practice focused on training professionals in how to increase psychological flexibility. He is the primary developer of the Matrix diagram, a simplification of Acceptance and Commitment Training and Therapy (ACT). He began his graduate studies in social and industrial organizational psychology, then completed an experimental psychology dissertation focused on human information processing of language, and ultimately was trained as a clinical psychologist with an emphasis on family systems interventions. He became interested in PROSOCIAL while reading The Neighborhood Project by David Sloan Wilson and set to work combining the psychological flexibility training inherent in the ACT Matrix with the training of workgroups in how to implement and monitor Elinor Ostrom’s eight core design principles for successful groups. 

David Sloan Wilson 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).