Chris Chafe


Professor, Music, Stanford University

Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research. He is Director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). At IRCAM (Paris) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), he pursued methods for digital synthesis, music performance and real-time internet collaboration. CCRMA's SoundWIRE project involves live concertizing with musicians the world over. Online collaboration software including jacktrip and research into latency factors continue to evolve. An active performer either on the net or physically present, his music reaches audiences in dozens of countries and sometimes at novel venues. A simultaneous five-country concert was hosted at the United Nations in 2009. Chafe's works are available from Centaur Records and various online media. 

Diana Deutsch 

Professor, Psychology, University of California, San Diego

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Professor Diana Deutsch is Director of the Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory at the UCSD Department of Psychology, and is one of the most prominent researchers on the psychology of music. She is internationally known for the illusions of sound and music perception that she has discovered. She also explores ways in which we hold musical information in memory, and in which we relate the sounds of music and speech to each other. Much of her current research focuses on the question of absolute pitch - why some people possess it, and why it is so rare.

Deutsch has over 200 written publications, which include the book The Psychology of Music, now in its third edition, and three articles in Scientific American. She has also published two compact discs that feature her illusions: these are Musical Illusions and Paradoxes, and Phantom Words, and Other Curiosities.

Deutsch has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the Audio Engineering Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association. She has served as Governor of the Audio Engineering Society, as Chair of the Section on Psychology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as President of Division 10 of the American Psychological Association, and as Chair of the Society of Experimental Psychologists. She is Founding Editor of the journal Music Perception, and served as Founding President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Among her many awards, Deutsch has received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts by the American Psychological Association, and the Gustav Theodore Fechner Award by the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics.

Judith Ford 

Professor of Psychiatry, Co-director, Brain Imaging and EEG Lab, University of California, San Francisco 


Judith M. Ford is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs the Brain Imaging and EEG Laboratory.  Judy earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University in 1975.  She moved up the academic ladder in the psychiatry department at Stanford University Medical School from post-doctoral fellow to full professor between 1975 and 2004, when she left for Yale University.  Late in 2007, she moved back to California, and took a faculty position in the psychiatry department at the University of California (San Francisco). 

Throughout her 40-year career, she has used EEG-based methods to understand healthy and psychiatric populations.  Recently, she has added functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to her toolbox.  Her recent work focuses on EEG-based studies of a basic neural mechanism, the corollary discharge.  The corollary discharge has been studied across the animal kingdom, from nemotodes to primates.  It is a neural signal that accompanies all actions and prepares sensory areas of the brain for the arrival of sensations resulting from one’s own actions and tags them as coming from self.  Corollary discharge abnormalities in schizophrenia may help to explain auditory hallucinations and other symptoms of the disease.  This work is considered human “bench” neuroscience and provides a methodological and conceptual link to studies of species across the animal kingdom. She lists 124 peer-reviewed papers on her CV and numerous chapters and contributions to conference proceedings.

In 2001, she received the Senior Career Contribution Award from the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society.  The Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) honored Judy’s work with their Distinguished Career Award in 2010. She served as President of SPR in 1998 and President of the Psychiatric Research Society in 2008.  She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for NARSAD and chairs the Credentials (membership) committee for the American College of Neuropsycho Pharmacology (ACNP).  She received a 5-year VA Research Career Scientist Award in 2010.

She has continuously supported her work with grants from NIH, VA, and NARSAD since 1969, when a pre-doctoral award from NIH.

Shaili Jain 

MD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University


Shaili Jain, M.D is Medical Director of the Primary Care- Behavioral Health Team at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System; a researcher affiliated with the National Center for PTSD and a Clinical Instructor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. 

Her day to day clinical practice involves providing care for Veterans with PTSD and other mental health disorders.  Dr. Jain is also a medical humanities educator.She teaches a reflective writing seminar to Psychiatry residents, provides mentorship for medical students in the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration and serves on the Steering Committee for Medical Humanities at the Medical School. She is also the faculty lead for the 2013 Medicine and the Muse program, an Arts, Humanities and Medicine Symposium, sponsored by the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. 

Tanya Luhrmann 

Professor, Anthropology, Stanford University

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Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Her books include Persuasions of the Witch's Craft, (Harvard, 1989); The Good Parsi (Harvard 1996); Of Two Minds (Knopf 2000) and When God Talks Back (Knopf 2012). In general, her work focuses on the way that ideas about the mind affect mental experience. In recent years, she has worked on the way healthy people hear God's voice, and the way that people with psychosis hear distressing voices--the positive and negative sides of the inner voice experience. 

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Daniel Smith

Author, Critchlow Endowed Chair in English, The College of New Rochelle.


Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanitand Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety. He has written for numerous publications, including The American ScholarThe Atlantic, n+1, New York, and The New York Times Magazine, and he has taught at Bryn Mawr and The College of New Rochelle, where he holds the Mary Ellen Donnelly Critchlow Endowed Chair in English.  

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Photojournalist and author

Angela Woods

Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, UK

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Dr. Angela Woods is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. She is the co-director of 'Hearing the Voice', a three-year interdisciplinary project exploring the phenomenon of voice-hearing, and her first book, The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Angela's current research interests include the interplay between theoretical and subjective accounts of psychotic experience; new modes of 'doing interdisciplinarity' (such as critical neuroscience); narrative identity; and the role of narrative in the medical humanities. 

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