Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 150 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment’ with Paul Frewen. Ruth’s keynote address at Trauma Talks is part of the Levine Family Lectureship.**
Ame Cutler, PhD. Dr. Cutler holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a research emphasis in the fields of transgenerational trauma and oppression. Her interest lies with the impact that the cycle of violence has on both victims of violent crimes and violent offenders, their families and communities. Dr. Cutler is a senior trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and lectures internationally on the effectiveness of including the body in the treatment of both trauma and attachment injuries. She brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of body-oriented modalities, mindfulness, and the intersubjective relational wisdom of indigenous practices to her commitment in helping others build a safer relationship with their own bodies.
**About the Levine Family Lectureship
The Levine Family Lectureship is made possible through the generous support of the Levine Quadruplet Endowment Fund, established at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) through the vision and support of the Cowan-Levine Family. The fund was established by the family in appreciation for WCH’s leadership in saving the lives of women of all ages, stages and socioeconomic backgrounds.