W. Matthew Collins showed an early interest in science when he won an award at his 6th grade science fair. Later on he attended the University of Guelph where he explored interests in Ancient History, Philosophy, and Music before finally settling on Psychology. He went on to earn an M.A. in Psychology at Hunter College, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at McMaster University and completed an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Collins is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. He is currently directing several research projects in collaboration with NSU undergraduates and colleagues at Indiana University Northwest and DePaul University with research focused on human memory, language, and categorization.
Jaime Tartar earned her Ph.D. in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at the University of Florida (UF) where the focus of her research involved discovering long term changes that can occur in neurobiological pathways involved in stress responses and developing animal models of chronic stress. Dr. Tartar has also completed Postdoctoral Training at Harvard Medical School, where she studied neurological consequences of sleep perturbations using in vitro electrophysiological recording techniques. During her postdoctoral studies, Dr. Tartar also earned a certificate in Sleep Medicine from Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Tartar is widely published in many areas of neuroscience with topics ranging from clinical neurological impairments to basic cell physiology. Moreover, her publications are all in highly respected, peer reviewed journals. Her current research involves three main avenues of investigation with student researchers. The first avenue of investigation involves a series of studies on the relationship between emotion and cognition. Her second research area explores mechanisms and consequences of acute and chronic stress in humans. Her third line of investigation examines the impact of sleep and sleep deprivation on human emotion and cognitive processing.
James Munoz earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Tulane University with an emphasis in Gene Therapy. His thesis work examined neuroprotective effects of mesenchymal stem cells and their interactions with endogenous neural stem cells. Dr. Munoz completed Postdoctoral Training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied how changes in intracellular calcium signaling affected the maturation of neural stem cells. Dr. Munoz also studied the role of EphB proteins in the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of neural stem cells. His current research is examining factors that regulate the proliferation, migration, and differentiation of neural stem cells.
Jose A. Rey, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPP, is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is currently the clinical psychopharmacologist for the South Florida State Hospital. Dr. Rey’s research interests include cosmetic neuropsychopharmacology, geropsychiatry, psychotropic polypharmacy, pain management with antidepressants and anticonvulsants, communication disorders, and clinical and pharmacoeconomic outcomes research with antipsychotics and antidepressants. He has presented his research at national and international meetings. Dr. Rey has published abstracts, articles, and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker at state, national, and international meetings. He is currently a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Rey received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida, completed an ASHP-accredited specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy practice at the Gainesville VAMC and Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and is board-certified in psychiatric pharmacy practice.
Elana Lanczi is a dancer and choreographer originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed internationally in both South Korea and Brazil and nationally with noted choreographers Sean Curran, Katie Duck, Anita Gonzalez, Li Chiao-Ping, Lionel Popkin, Merian Soto, and Maida Withers, in venues such as the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival and Judson Church, among others. Her own choreography is influenced by the investigation of contemporary and improvisational dance forms and has been performed throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Florida. In 2004 and 2005 she received commissions from Tigertail Productions to perform and travel to Germany and Mexico. Recently, she was co-choreographer and site director for the "Florida Waterways Dance Project" and a performer in Heather Maloney’s "Vertical Sprawl" at the 2011 Florida Dance Festival, where she was also a choreographer in residence. This year she will be presenting new work as part of the INKUB8 2011-2012 season in Miami and at Movement Research’s Open Performance Series in New York. Elana is assistant professor and major chair of dance at Nova Southeastern University. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University.