Our Executive Advisory Panel
A collective of like-minded psychologists, educators, scientists, advocates, philanthropists and everyday people.
A collective of like-minded psychologists, educators, scientists, advocates, philanthropists and everyday people.
Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is an Ivy-League educated psychologist, an internationally renowned speaker, and one of the country’s foremost addiction experts. He is the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii and Omega Recovery in Austin, Texas. A former Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine in NY where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction, he has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of their Division of Addiction.
Dr. Kardaras is the author of the best-selling “Glow Kids” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), the seminal book on the clinical, neurological and sociological aspects of Technology Addiction (Smart Phones, Video Games, Social Media, etc.). “Glow Kids” has now been translated into 10 languages.
Dr. Kardaras is also the author of “How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life” (Conari, 2011) and often uses philosophy to help work with and treat young people who are struggling with an existential crisis. He has written for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, The NY Daily News, and FOX News, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, FOX & Friends, NPR, Good Day New York and in Esquire, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair. He was also featured on the 2019 A&E TV series “Digital Addiction” and his 2016 NY Post Op Ed “Digital Heroin” went viral with over 6 million views and shares.
Considered a leading expert on young people and digital addiction, he’s clinically worked with over 2,000 teens and young adults during the last 18 years and has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction. As a result of his clinical training and expertise working with tech addiction, Dr. Kardaras has developed the most comprehensive treatment protocols to treat this emerging global problem. Dr. Kardaras is also the creator of Seahab, an intensive experiential form of nature immersion therapy. Based on the very successful evidence-based principles of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH), Seahab has proven to be very effective as an intensive intervention to help addicts shift out of self-destructive and toxic lifestyle patterns.
Dr. Kardaras has also, admittedly, lived a colorful life: he’s a former AAU National Karate champion, a recovering NYC nightclub owner and a coma survivor. Having once owned high-profile NY nightclubs where he had mingled with the likes of JFK, Jr., Uma Thurman and Tom Cruise, Dr. Kardaras emerged from that glamorous-yet-self-destructive world and discovered a healing path to his own recovery from addiction. Today he devotes his life to helping others find their path to recovery, healing and a life of meaning and purpose.
He lives with his wife and twin sons in Austin, Texas (although travels frequently to NY and Maui) and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on the subjects of philosophy, mental health, and both substance and screen addictions.
Jeff S.Greenberger, PhD, has for more than thirty years been teaching Classical Languages to public school and college students – an analytical discipline which permits the judicious use of technology as a complement to pencils, books, and old-fashioned sustained effort. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, edited the AP Latin Teacher’s Guide, helped produce the NYS Regents Comprehensive Exam in Latin, and – most proudly – presided over a modern golden age of Latin enrollments and achievement in a small, working-class American town. To leaven an otherwise bookish existence, he has happily wandered over the decades on hiking trails and bicycle camping trips whenever school’s not in session.
Luz Rojas Kardaras brings her educational expertise and real-world experience to NIDHW after having been a twice-tenured elementary school teacher in NYC and in Southampton, New York for almost twenty years. She earned a B.A. in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education with a specialization in Bilingual Education from Hunter College. Ms. Rojas is also a certified yoga instructor and was trained by Rodney Yee and his wife Colleen Saidman Yee at Yoga Shanti in New York. Her love for yoga inculcated a deep appreciation of the physical, mental and spiritual gifts that yoga can impart in the modern age and the benefit of mindfulness that is at the heart of yoga. She is especially interested in prevention at the early childhood level in regards to tech usage. She is currently working on a blog entitled Potential Interrupted to help create more mindful technology guidelines and the negative implications of introducing too much technology too early in children’s lives in our 21st century world.
MBA | Author | Advocate
After a career in investment banking, venture capital and marketing communications, Camilla is now a freelance writer, health and environmental activist, radio host and author. She also serves as an adviser to businesses, advocacy groups, scientists and non-profits in the areas of brand and identity development, speech writing, white papers, marketing communications, media relations, fundraising, and Board and investor communication, and is engaged in capital raising for frontier sciences.
Camilla has studied widely in medical, scientific, complementary and alternative medicine, health enhancement and self-empowerment fields. Since 1997 she has advised patients on health restoration strategy, developing multi-pronged health improvement programs using her proprietary ‘Wide Angle Health’ framework. She has served as an Integrative Care Counselor, educator in mental imagery, and facilitator of Hellinger Family and Corporate Constellations. She co-produced The Natural Laws of Self Healing: How to Harness Your Inner Imaging Power To Restore Health and Reach Spirit with a leading psychiatrist, published by Nightingale-Conant, and her educational materials in imagery are now part of a continuing education curriculum for psychologists.
Camilla has organized many panels on health, health care reform and environmental topics. She has addressed the Young President’s Organization, Columbia University Law School, Bioneers (NM & CO), World Congress of Integrative Medicine, Institute for Bau Biology & Ecology, the White House Commission on Complementary & Alternative Medicine Policy, many medical conferences offering continuing education credits (CEUs) for physicians, the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, and held a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs. For many years she was also a curriculum developer for a private invitational forum of leading international CEOs focused on productivity, performance and sustainability. She is a Voting Member of the U.S. Health Freedom Congress, comprised of state and national health freedom leaders and advocates, and is a recent invitee to Renaissance Weekends, retreats building bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields.
Camilla founded www.ElectromagneticHealth.org and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools. She co- authored a book on biological effects of electromagnetic fields called Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, which was widely disseminated to Congress, Governors and thousands of health and environmental journalists. She went on to become a radio host at KGNU in Boulder/Denver, covering health, environmental and sustainability topics. She also co-authored the landmark report,”Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern”, which received significant global newscoverage; was co-investigator on a research study showing impacts of microwave radiation on the heart, published in the European Journal of Oncology; and co-founded the International EMF Alliance, a consortium of over eighty five international activist groups.
Camilla is Adviser to the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy in Washington, D.C., where she directed the white paper, ”Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid”. She is Advisor to Citizens for Health, a leading advocacy organization focused on the interests of the natural health consumer, Mercola.com, the #1 natural health newsletters, and blogger for FrankLipmanMD.com. She is Board Member of Media in the Public Interest in Boulder, CO and on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Building-Biology® and Ecology, the leading green building and green living educational organization training architects, engineers, builders, physicians and other health practitioners. Presently, Camilla is working on a book on health care reform, overseeing a series of white papers on ecosystem effects of electromagnetic fields and developing two seed-stage health communications projects.
M.D. | Director | Institute for Health and the Environment | University at Albany
David O. Carpenter is a public health physician whose current position is Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, as well as Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. After receiving his MD degree from Harvard Medical School he chose a career of research and public health. After research positions at the National Institute of Mental Health and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, he came to Albany in 1980 as the Director of the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health, the third largest public health laboratory in the US after NIH and CDC. In an effort to build ties to an academic program, he initiated efforts to create a partnership between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany, resulting in the creation of the School of Public Health in 1985. He was then appointed as the founding Dean of the School of Public Health, a position he held until 1998 when he became the Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment. The Institute has been named as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization.
Dr. Carpenter’ research was initially basic neuroscience, and since has become the more general question of environmental causes of human disease, both those directly caused by chemical exposure and those mediated via endocrine disruption. He has directed large, interdisciplinary research studies on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and chlorinated pesticides at several sites, including in Native American and Alaskan Native communities. These studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals increases risk of several chronic human diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and the metabolic syndrome. He has contributed to the study of health effects of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and also has a number of international projects looking at health effects of air and water pollution. He has more than 450 peer reviewed scientific publications and has edited six books.
Author | Teacher
Dr. Shainberg is a world-renowned teacher, healer, psychologist, author and dream and Imagery expert. She is the lineage holder in Imagery as transmitted to her by Madame Colette Aboulker-Muscat, and has adapted and expanded those teachings into her own Saphire® Practice.
As a spiritual counselor, she is known to thousands of people around the world for her insight and clear guidance producing immediate, successful results.
Her unique transformative methods, using imagery and dreams to unlock the power of the Subconscious mind, are taught in classes and workshops in the US: New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Seattle and Florida, and internationally in Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, UK, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.
Catherine earned Masters in Art History at the Sorbonne and the School of the Louvre. From 1972 to 1981 she studied the Kabbalah of Light with Colette Aboulker-Muscat in Israel, and in 1982 moved to New York City, where she earned her PhD in psychology and founded the School of Images®.
She teaches at the School of Images® in NY, and gives workshops at the international Schools of Images® in Russia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, UK, France, Italy and Slovenia. Her publications include Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming: Awakening the Visionary Life, and DreamBirth: Transforming the Journey of Childbirth Through Imagery, available on Amazon. She has a new book on the Subconscious mind coming out in 2021.