Shahbaz Siddiqui has been associated with the television media since the birth of independent broadcast television in Pakistan.

Since starting his company “Nucleus” in 1999 (from the annex of his home); he has effectively used his talent and skills tirelessly by making Nucleus Media grow into Pakistan’s leading vertically integrated media facility.

Shahbaz was in the core team, who literally “gave birth” to independent satellite channel in Pakistan by the name of Indus TV in the year 2000. From content strategy development to dealing with satellite operators like AsiaSat, Shahbaz has played a strategic role in making a dream on paper into reality

He further garnered accolades in producing some of the highly rated shows for ARY Digital, as well as pioneered a flagship show called “Maachis” for HUM TV in 2003-4. So much was the buzz that Maachis received an ovation at the IPO of HUM TV at the Karachi Stock Exchange. Shahbaz has thus far produced over 12,000 hours of quality television content.

Being passionate about new projects and box-breaking ideas, he has concurrently played key role as an adviser/consultant to the biggest TV media groups in Pakistan. As a finance person by education, he has capitalized it to his advantage while managing and advising television networks in Pakistan.

As a Founder Director of Media Psychology Research Center Pakistan (MPRCP.ORG), Shahbaz has started a new dimension in his career as a research scholar in the unchartered field of Media Psychology in Pakistan in collaboration with IoBM.

Shahbaz further believes that his strengths and experience in mainstream broadcast media can play a pivotal role in implementing and disseminating interfaith harmony across diverse cultures and religions.


 

Steven E. Handwerker received his doctorate degree from New York University, and post-doctoral certification from Hofstra University. He is licensed in psychology in N.Y. (’84), Florida (’96) and South Dakota (2000).  He began his practice as head of Psychological Services at “The Wholistic Health Center” in Manhasset N.Y., an institution that he helped found and develop into a college offering degrees in the study of Alternative medicine, now located in Syosset, N.Y. now has over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families.

Dr. Handwerker was the first Chairman of Membership for the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association and he is a member of the Scientific and Professional Board for the Institute for Crisis Management, a division of Homeland Security. His work to create paradigms for peace since 1999 have been in the arena of building interFaith dialogue and harmony within and between the Faiths. To enhance his efficacy in the peace building and conflict resolution arenas he became a Licensed Supreme Court Mediator(2000).  As a corporate consultant, in working with groups; assisting PIs and Security Professionals to better detect, intervene and prevent work place violence and addiction issues since 1970.

He has authored two books and many articles on Peace Psychology and lectures regularly at APA conventions (over 100 in the past 15 years) as well as at local colleges and interfaith organizations. His lectures focus on Peace, Humanitarian and Sustainable Interventions and Paradigms and Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Handwerker is a practitioner of Tang Soo Do Karate and has attained a fourth degree black belt. He is a Reiki master and serves an international Reiki Healing Circle. He and his wife Michelle have been married for 4 decades and have two children Diana and Lucas, both of whom are engaged in healing and peace building professions.

 


 

Anthony J. Marsella received his B.A. degree with Honors in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, in 1962, a M.A. in physiological psychology from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, in 1968.  After completing an internship at Worcester State Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, he received an appointment as a Fulbright Research Scholar to Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, where he taught and conducted research on social stress and psychopathology in urban Manila.  He subsequently served as field research director for a large-scale psychiatric epidemiological survey in the jungles of Sarawak (Borneo) designed to determine rates of mental illness among Chinese, Malay, and Iban (an indigenous tribal group) populations.  Following a post-doctoral year as a Culture and Mental Health Fellow at the East-West Center/SSRI in Honolulu, he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawai`i, a position he held until he retired in 2003.

Dr. Marsella is currently Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and Past Director of the World Health Organization Psychiatric Research Center in Honolulu, Past Director of the Clinical Studies Program, and Past Director of the Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Program at the University of Hawaii. In 1985-1989, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Marsella has served a consultant to numerous national and international agencies and organizations. He has been a Visiting Professor in Australia (Melbourne University & Monash University), Korea (Korea University, Seoul, Korea), India (King George Medical College, Lucknow, India), China (Shanghai Psychiatric Institute, Shanghai, China), and the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines).  In addition he has been a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland), Clemson University (Clemson, SC), and a Visiting Lecturer at numerous national and international universities and research centers. He is Past-President of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility (www.PsySR.org).

Dr. Marsella has published fifteen edited books, three authored books, and more than 300 book chapters, journal articles, technical reports, book reviews, and popular press/media service articles. He has been awarded numerous research and training grants and contracts in the areas of cross-cultural psychopathology and psychotherapy, PTSD, social stress and coping, schizophrenia, disasters, and the global challenges of our times. Much of his current writing is on peace and social justice. He serves currently on seven journal editorial boards, and scientific and professional advisory committees. He is the co-founder (now emeritus) of the scholarly journal, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict (Taylor-Francis).  He was an Associate Editor for the Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (John Wiley & Sons), and was one of twelve Senior Editors for the Encyclopedia of Psychology (Oxford University Press/American Psychological Association). He currently serves as senior editor for the Cultural and International Psychology Book Series for Springer SBM Publications (New York), a 37 volume series helping to define this important area of inquiry.

Dr. Marsella is widely known nationally and internationally as a pioneer figure in the study of culture, psychology, and psychopathology, who challenged the ethnocentric and racial biases of many assumptions, theories, methods, and practices in psychology and psychiatry.  One of his frequently cited papers on “global-community psychology” published in the American Psychologist, December 1998, calls for the development of a new psychology relevant and responsive to the challenges of our global era, including the internationalization of the psychology curriculum. In more recent years, Dr. Marsella has written extensively on the challenges of war and peace in our global era, calling for all people to recognize they are first a manifestation of life itself – lifeism – and that this brings with it responsibilities and duties to others and to our earth.

Dr. Marsella directed 96 doctoral dissertations and masters theses, and served as a committee member on scores of others during the course of his 35 year career at the University of Hawaii. He received the College of Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, and was selected by the American Psychological Association as a Master Lecturer Award for 1994 for his contributions in cross-cultural psychology and psychopathology.  In 1994, he was selected as the Best Teacher in the “Best of Manoa Student Poll” at the University of Hawai`i.  The Hawai`i Psychological Association (HPA) selected Dr. Marsella for its Significant Professional Contribution Award for his scholarly and professional achievements in 1996, and, in 2004, Hawaii Psychological Association presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the Alumni Merit


 

Dr. Shahida Mohiuddin, Assistant Professor of Education Department holds PhD in Education from Hamdard University and M.Phil in Education from Karachi University. She has also done B.A Hons (first position) and M.A in Psychology from Karachi University. She had completed a diploma program in Muslim Civilizations from The Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB) which is affiliated with The Institute of Ismaili Studies IIS http://www.iis.ac.uk/.

She served the institute as an educationist for thirty seven years. She conducts workshop and sessions for teacher educators and adult learners in Pakistan and abroad. Her research interest is in Early Childhood Development, Educational Psychology and World Religions. She has presented her research papers in various national and international conferences and few of them were published in journals. Her articles also published in various news papers i.e. Daily Dawn, The News and The Nation. Her practice of Early Childhood Development 0-3 years selected by Asia Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood  as best practices of Asia Pacific and published in its journal ‘Connection’ Volume 5.

 

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