Men's Compassion Initiative members
Daniel Ellenberg, PhD
Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is founder Strength with Heart men’s groups and workshops, is a past president of American Psychological Association division on men and masculinities and is leading the men and compassion initiative through GCC. He serves on the board of Wellspring Institute of Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and the advisory boards of GCC and the APA Future of Work. He is a principal in Rewire Leadership Institute where he does leadership coaching and works with teams. He is also a co-founder of Relationships That Work which houses his therapy practice with individuals, couples, and groups.
Dr. Ed Adams earned his Doctor of Psychology degree from Rutgers University. He is a licensed psychologist and Founder of Men Mentoring Men (M3), a not-for-profit organization supporting men in their quest to live happier lives. Currently, Ed is in private practice in Somerville and Lambertville, New Jersey specializing in the treatment of men. In 2013, The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities Division 51 of the American Psychological Association awarded Ed the Practitioner of the Year Award. In 2018, Ed served as President of Division 51of this division. Ed’s major presidential initiative encouraged men and women to recognize compassion and self-compassion as masculine traits.
Dr David Gal
Dr. Gal is an expert in consumer psychology and decision making, survey methods, branding, consumer financial decision making, and marketing management. Among other topics, he has examined the role of gender norms in decision making. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Psychology Review, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Dr. Gal is a marketing professor at University of Illinois Chicago, and was previously a marketing professor at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in marketing from Stanford University.
Saed Deryck Hill, Ph.D.
Saed is a Counseling Psychologist, and the Assistant Director of Prevention and Masculine Engagement at the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) at Northwestern University. There he develops and implements strategies to improve masculine engagement in the prevention of violence. Saed also does consulting work with national organizations and companies, school districts, higher education institutions, and other communities to provide education and strategic consulting on topics related to healthy masculinity and violence prevention.
Boysen is the Communications Director for the ManKind Project USA, a nonprofit organization hosting transformational programs and supporting men’s groups serving over 10,000 men every week. He’s the co-creator of the ManKind Podcast, a show that invites listeners to expand their perspectives on manhood, and he’s the author of “The New Macho,” a credo for emotionally mature masculinity. Boysen has nearly two decades experience facilitating men’s groups.
Dr. Bill Johnson
Bill is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has a full-time private practice and consultation business. Dr. Johnson is passionate about anti-racism, equity and social justice. He has published scholastic articles and delivered presentations at national and international conferences on topics such as culturally competent psychotherapy, anti-racism, and psychotherapy with African American men. Dr. Johnson is also a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and has a certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Russell is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University. An international trainer in compassion-focused therapy (CFT), Russell's interests focus on the application of compassion and CFT to address problematic anger and various social problems, as well as the training of clinicians to deliver CFT. Russell has authored or coauthored research in various areas of psychology, and has authored several books about CFT and compassion, including An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Lessons on Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun (with Thubten Chodron), CFT Made Simple, and The Anger Workbook. He's also delivered a TEDx talk entitled Anger, Compassion, and What it means to be Strong.
Erica Liebman, Psy.D
Erica is an outpatient clinician in Philadelphia specializing in trauma related disorders, couples work and men’s psychology. Prior to her career in the clinical realm, Dr. Liebman worked in the automotive racing and mechanical industries for a decade. This experience of working with predominately male colleagues informed her perspective of male psychology and has led her to become an active member in the Division 51 Psychology of Men and Masculinities within the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as a presenter at the past two APA conferences on the topic of masculinity.
Jonathan N. Metzler, Ph.D., CMPC
As Magellan Federal’s Senior Director of Human Performance, Dr. Metzler leads strategic development of readiness and resilience capabilities that help organizations improve wellbeing, work-life flow, and productivity of their leaders and team members. Among his responsibilities are coaching innovations, strategic partnerships, as well as recruitment, retention, and empowerment of a highly specialized staff of cognitive performance experts who have delivered over 2.7 million training and coaching engagements across the United States Army over the past 5 years.
Dr. Ryon C. McDermott
Ryon is a professor of counseling and clinical psychology at the University of South Alabama. His research interests revolve around the intersections of culture and individual differences to understand real-world problems. Dr. McDermott has been nationally recognized for his research contributions to the psychology of men and masculinities and was the 2022-2023 president of Division 51 of the American Psychological Association.
Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D
Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley is currently the President-Elect of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities and the President’s Advisory Council for Postpartum Support International.
Dr Holly Sweet
Dr. Holly Sweet is a practicing psychologist in the Boston area and past president of APA’s division of the psychology of men and masculinities. She is co-founder of the Cambridge Center for Gender Relations, a consulting firm offering workshops and trainings in improving relationships between women and men in educational and professional settings. Holly is editor of 'Gender in the Therapy Hour: Voices of Female Clinicians Working with Men.'