20th Annual Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium


Online registration is now closed, please come to the event to register in person. Walk-ins are welome!

For questions or more information, please contact Crystal Olson at 831.457.7070 or email nadhernycalcianosymposium@gmail.com.

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Please visit the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium Website for more information.


Dacher Keltner Ph.D.

Dr. Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, Director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, as well as power, social class, and inequality. Dr. Keltner is the author of The Power Paradox, as well as the best-seller Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and The Compassionate Instinct. He has published over 190 scientific articles, including seminal works on the psychology of awe (Keltner & Haidt, 2003) and is the co-author of two textbooks. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, London Times, and Utne Reader, and his research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC as well as many other outlets. In addition to his university work and research, Dacher Keltner has collaborated on projects at Facebook and Google. Most recently, Keltner was the scientific consultant for Pixar’s highly acclaimed film Inside Out, for which he helped revise the story emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions are mirrored in interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them. He has twice presented his research to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as part of a continuing dialogue between the Dalai Lama and scientists. He has received outstanding teacher and research mentor awards from UC Berkeley, and he has seen 20 of his PhD students and post-doctoral fellows become professors.

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where she oversees its research fellowship program, supports key scientific initiatives like Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude, and co-instructs the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) GG101x: The Science of Happiness. She earned her doctorate in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior at UC Berkeley, examining how emotions influence thinking, and which biological systems fuel prosocial states like compassion or the urge to cooperate. As GGSC Science Director, Dr. Simon-Thomas serves as an expert voice on foundational as well as emerging scientific research on prosociality, as well as evidence-based programs geared toward fostering a kinder, more compassionate world. She also writes, teaches and lectures widely about the measurable benefits of human prosociality and how to strengthen it to improve health, well-being, social life, and work.In addition to her academic and popular publications, Dr. Simon-Thomas recently served as co-editor of the 2017 Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, a transdisciplinary compendium of empirically rich articles from world-class experts. She also provides consultation to organizations aiming to create products with more prosocial impact, or enhance levels of trust and teamwork amongst the culture within. Overall, Dr. Simon-Thomas' work spotlights the science that connects health and happiness to social connection, care giving, and collaborative relationships, as she continues to examine the potential for—as well as the benefits of—living a more meaningful life.

History and Legacy

In 1995, the Calciano family lost Jon, their 23-year-old son, and brother, to suicide. After two years of collaboration with the Dominican Hospital Foundation, the family inaugurated the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium to strengthen adolescent behavioral health resources in our community. These annual symposia enable local families, educators, and mental and medical health professionals to hear and interact with renowned specialists in a wide range of timely topics. Over the past twenty years, areas of focus have ranged from suicide to bullying, ADHD, substance abuse, and gender identity.

The Calciano family is grateful for the hundreds of symposia participants who work tirelessly to improve the mental health and coping abilities of adolescents in our community. We welcome you to join us at our 20th anniversary event.

Please visit the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium Website for more information.