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2023 Reed Fellow

Sandra M. Chafouleas, Ph.D.
Sandra M. Chafouleas, Ph.D.  is the 2023 Reed Fellow, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Neag Endowed Professor in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Chafouleas also is the founder and co-director of the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). Her work focuses on assisting schools in implementation of policies and practices that support the whole child, with specific expertise in strategies to support mental health and emotional well-being. “Feel Your Best Self” Project featured by NPR.

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UConn Waterbury Honorary Fellow 2023

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder of Akili and JAZZ Venture Partners. He has been a scientific advisor for dozens of companies including Apple, GE and Janssen. He has filed multiple patents - notably his invention of the first video game cleared by the FDA, authored over 170 scientific articles and delivered over 700 invited presentations around the world. He wrote and hosted the nationally televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award. Dr. Gazzaley is the recipient of the 2015 SfN Science Educator Award, 2020 Global Gaming Citizen Honor and named in Newsweek's 2021 Inaugural list of America’s Greatest Disruptors. He is a Board of Trustee, Science Council Member and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.  

 Title: A New Era of Experiential Medicine for a Healthy Mind
A fundamental challenge of our global healthcare system is the development and distribution of effective treatments to enhance cognition in those suffering from diverse psychiatric and neurological conditions. Dr. Gazzaley will describe the use of custom-designed, closed-loop video games to achieve cognitive benefits in both healthy individuals and patients. This approach has now yielded the first FDA-approved video game for any clinical condition. He will share with you the next stage of his research program, which integrates digitally-delivered experiences with the innovations in machine learning, virtual reality, multimodal physiological recordings, non-invasive electrical brain stimulation and psychedelics to enhance cognition. 

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UConn Waterbury Honorary Fellow 2023

Richie Davidson, Ph.D.  
Richie Davidson, Ph.D.  is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds. He is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. He has co-authored a number of books with authors such as Daniel Goleman. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006.

Title: Well-being is a Skill
Just like being physically in shape means regular exercise, supporting one’s emotional well-being begins with a training program - for the mind. In this talk, world renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Richard J. Davidson discusses the scientific concept of neuroplasticity and how research in the lab confirms that well-being is a skill that can be taught. By learning and practicing the skills associated with awareness, connection, insight, and purpose - anyone can have a healthier mind, despite their external circumstances. Based on four decades of contemplative neuroscientific research, Dr. Davidson outlines a path to well-being for anyone in this highly relevant talk.

2023 WishFest Exhibits

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Psychology Applied to Real Life Fun way to learn more about how research helps us live happier lives!
Aging Drag Queens Learn about the risk, rewards, expression, and performance of older drag queens.
The effect of dopamine on parental care in a biparental beetle Kaitlyn Tran will present a poster on her work on the administration of a dopamine blocker on the parental care of a beetle, and the associated effect on the care of her male partner.
Learn about studying abroad with UConn's EGL Program Learn more about how you can study abroad as a regional UConn student. Information on UConn's EGL (Experiential Global Learning) and the Gilman Scholarship will be available from a recent study abroad participant from UConn Waterbury.
The Daily Campus Come grab a UConn newspaper, The Daily Campus.
Career Expo Come and meet with local employers to  gather career/industry information and learn more about the volunteer, internship and employment opportunities they offer.
Virtual Reality Healthcare Training Expo Our Healthcare Regional Sector Partnership will host a Career Expo in the form of an interactive and immersive virtual reality experience, that will allow students to undergo virtual healthcare training in five simulations: donning and doffing gloves, heart rate, blood pressure, respirations, and pain measuring/recording intake.
Kpop Dance Medley Come join us for a small performance on different korean pop songs by our Waterbury UConn's Kpop Fusion Club members.
FDA-Approved Video Game for ADHD: Akili's EndeavorRx Stop by to demo an FDA approved videogame for ADHD invented by speaker Adam Gazzaley and team
Heart Smart You're the cardiologist - measure heart rate, rhythm, and blood pressure.
UConn CAPS College Program Join a proud network of successful UConn scholars who are leaders in the classroom, on campus, and in the community!
Mindful Reading In and Beyond the Classroom Learn how mindful reading can help you become a better reader and writer.
Public Sphere Pedagogy: Civic Expo Presentations by UConn Waterbury Students Meet UConn Waterbury First-Year Writing Students and hear about their experience hosting the first-ever Civic Expo on our campus.
Let’s Get Growing Waterbury This table features UConn Extension Resources in the area of urban agriculture.
Photography for the Digital Age Come learn some digital photography tips and tricks right on your cellphone from Timothy Padgett, a long-time OLLI at UConn instructor and member!
OLLI Gardening Project Come learn about OLLI at UConn's Fulton Garden project, which grows food that helps to feed the surrounding community.
Urban and Community Studies Program Come by our table to learn where cities come from, how they grow, thrive, and decline, how they are organized, and how to construct meaningful, inclusive, secure, and sustainable places.
School of Business Come by our table to learn about the 4-year undergraduate Business majors offered at UConn Waterbury.
Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) Come by our table to learn about the CSD services and the Accommodation Process offered at Uconn Waterbury!
Kpop Fusion Club Come join UConn Watebury's Kpop Fusion Club for fun DIY activities, giveaways and more!
UConn Undergraduate Admissions Learn more about being a UConn Waterbury Husky!
How Virtual Reality can help Psychiatry See how using Virtual Reality can help with Clinical Neuroscience.
Virtual Dissection of the Human Body The virtual dissection of the human body will be demonstrated using the Anatomage.
Holographic Anatomy See human anatomy with 3-D holograms.
Getting to Know the Brain Students will see and perform sheep brain dissections as well as learn about the human brain through MRI images.
Understanding, Exploring and Exercising the brain Learn the basics of the human brain, how to explore brain structure/function with MRI, exercise the brain with videogames, and build "your own brain" with Play-doh.
Feel Your Best Self Feel Your Best Self offers fun, easy to use materials to help build emotion-focused coping skills to calm yourself, catch your feelings, and connect with others.
Health Care Heroes: A Day in the Life Experience If you or a loved one has had a serious illness or injury, you have experienced the passion and purpose behind every person involved in the care that made returning to life and family possible. Witness this play out while spending time with healthcare heroes who do this work everyday!
Brain Waves: An Interactive EEG Demonstration Participate in a live EEG demonstration; see real-time changes in brain waves, including the brain on TikTok.
Architecture through Minecraft See and get some tips on how Minecraft can be used to build homes.

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