Rita Charon is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also a general internist with a primary care practice in Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Charon directs the Narrative Medicine curriculum for Columbia's medical school and teaches literature, narrative ethics, and life-telling, both in the medical center and Columbia's Department of English. Her literary scholarship focuses on the novels and tales of Henry James. Her research projects center on the outcomes of training health care professionals in narrative competence and the development of narrative clinical routines to increase the capacity for clinical recognition in medical practice. She is currently Principal Investigator on an NIH project to enhance the teaching of social science and behavioral science in medical schools. She has published and lectured extensively on the ways in which narrative training helps to increase empathy and reflection in health professionals and students. She is author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness and co-editor of Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine and Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics
Frans Brom has been head of the Rathenau Institute's Technology Assessment division since May 2007. Since April 2010 he is professor in 'Ethics of Technology Assessment' at the department of Philosophy/Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. His research has examined the societal significance of scientific and technological advances, with a particular focus on the interaction between Technology Assessment, ethics and political philosophy. This involves studying the nature, status and development of public morals, the role of institutions such as ethical committees and the importance of public deliberation, ethical analysis and (established) public opinion in terms of political decision-making.
Carmen Schuhmann is assistant professor in practical humanistic studies at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the development of humanizing perspectives on and methodologies for counselling practices. She has a special interest in relational perspectives and the role of narrativity in counselling.
Anneke Sools is assistant professor in narrative psychology and qualitative methodology at the University of Twente (department of Psychology, Health, and Technology) in Enschede, The Netherlands. She is the co-founder of the Network for Narrative Research Netherlands (NNN) and the co-founder of the Life Story Lab at Twente University. Her current research concerns the development of narrative theory and methodology in (mental) health research. In particular, she is interested in the psychological function of imagining the future through stories.
Gerben Westerhof is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He directs the Dutch Life Story Lab (www.utwente.nl/lifestorylab) that aims to contribute toward a person-centered approach in mental health care. His work takes place at the intersections of narrative, positive, and lifespan developmental psychology. He combines his theoretical interests with the design of practical applications based on narratives. He is the (co-)author of more than 100 articles and among others, co-editor of Ageing and Society, the first European textbook on gerontology.