2016 Conference Keynote Presenters
Cassandra Vieten PhD
Cassandra is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance, primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being; and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psycho-spiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. We are excited to have Cassi join us in Florida next year.
Susan Bauer-Wu PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan is the Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing. She is also an executive committee and directorate member of the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center, with secondary appointment in the UVa Department of Religious Studies. Her current work focuses on the use of mind-body and integrative approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being, for which she has garnered significant federal and foundation funding. Susan has received other significant distinctions and awards and has served on a number of review panels for NIH and the American Cancer Society, among others. Besides her academic scholarship, Susan has authored a book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger, 2011).