Well Being in Ireland Conference, June 8, 2012
Keynote Speakers

Helen Johnston, National Economic and Social Council:
Helen Johnston joined the NESC as Senior Social Policy Analyst in July 2007. Since then she has worked on issues of well-being and social reporting.  Her current interests are in the area of social regulation and standards.  Helen was previously Director of the Combat Poverty Agency and before that she worked at the National Disability Authority and the Equality Authority for short spells. A native of Northern Ireland, Helen has previous experience working in the Northern Ireland civil service. She is currently Chair of the Centre for Cross Border Studies.  Helen has qualifications in Environmental Science, Town and Country Planning and Business Administration, and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Governance, where she is examining the implementation of mental health policy.

Alex Zautra, Arizona State University:
Alex Zautra is Arizona State University Foundation Professor of Clinical Psychology, and directs ASUís Resilience Solutions Group.   He has dedicated his career to understanding how people find resilient solutions to challenging problems. In his research, clinical trials, teaching, and his writing he explores fundamental questions of successful adaptation to change. His current research focuses on resilience across the life-span, funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Pfizer Corporation, and Arizonaís Saint Lukeís Health Initiatives. He has designed and tested intervention programs to foster resilience in the face of chronic pain, ease depression in mid-life, and enhance social intelligence among adolescents and young adults.  His most recent book with co-authors Reich and Hall, is entitled Handbook of Adult Resilience published by Guilford Press in 2010.  He is also the author of Emotions, Stress, and Health, published by Oxford University Press.