Healthy Living Series 2016

Offering a research-based approach to creating a healthy, balanced, and productive lifestyle

Staying healthy is key to being productive and happy, but can be challenging in this stress-filled world. This series on Healthy Living features eight talented scientists and practitioners who will share their research-based strategies and advice for how to achieve and maintain good physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health.

The series is hosted by The University of Arizona Graduate Center with support from the Office for Research & Discovery, and the School of Mind, Brain, & Behavior.

Series Details:

The Healthy Living Series ran in Spring 2016 on select Tuesdays at the BIO5/Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building, Room 103, 1657 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721 (Google Map(link is external)), from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Use the links below to learn more about each talk. There are videos for the first four talks, but our playlist is temporarily unavailable. Presentation slides and copies of handouts are included, when available.

Event Contact:

David Bradshaw, Graduate Center Program Coordinator, sends e-mail)

Lecture Schedule

February 9, 2016: The Resilience Advantage

Dr. Ann Linda Baldwin will teach and demonstrate practical tools and strategies to strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making. Based on the Institute of HeartMath's research into the physiology of optimal performance, you will walk away with concrete practices that increase wellbeing, mental clarity and emotional stability. Topics include the latest findings from optimal-performance research, skills for building resilience in the face of change and uncertainty, intelligent energy self-regulation techniques, and practical ideas for easily integrating valuable tools into everyday routines.

Talk Slides: Baldwin Resilience Advantage Presentation Slides


Portrait of Ann Linda Baldwin






Ann Linda Baldwin, PhD

Professor of Physiology

Director of Mind-Body-Science

Biography website


March 8, 2016:   Lifestyle and Brain Health

We will trace how our lifestyle has changed over the past 10,000 years and its consequences for “health span” with particular focus on the brain and the non-communicative diseases that affect it, such as neurodegenerative disease and many of the behavioral deficits that often accompany aging but can be reduced. Aspects of life style to be discussed will include stress, physical and cognitive exercise, diet, and social interactions.


Portrait of Michael J Zigmond






Michael J. Zigmond, PhD

Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh

Biography page


March 22, 2016: Positive Psychology Applications for Resiliency and Well-Being

Traditional mental health training has historically focused on functional deficits, pathology and illness. Responding to the medicalized pathology model, Positive Psychology intended to focus on resourcefulness, resiliency, human strengths, happiness and how people prosper in the face of adversity. We will chart a brief history and survey some of the principle figureheads in this movement. The words "positive" and "happiness" have some often misunderstood connotations and we will clear those up and offer practical tools that the attendee will be able to apply to his/her life immediately.

Talk Slides: Strangstalien Positive Psychology Presentation Slides


Portrait of Michael Strangstalien






Michael Strangstalien, MA, MFT, LPC, NCC

Mental Health Clinician, CAPS

Campus Health and Wellness

Biography website


April 5, 2016: Why Sleep Matters

It’s midnight. You’re tired. You have an early class. But, instead of going to bed, you decide to watch just one more show on Netflix. Sound familiar? Come to this talk and learn about some of the pitfalls of cutting back on sleep. We’ll also discuss what we mean by good quality sleep and why sleep is now considered as important as nutrition and exercise for our physical and mental health.

Handout: Haynes Why Sleep Matters Activity Handout


Portrait of Patricia Haynes






Patricia Haynes, PhD

Associate Professor

Departments of Health Promotion Sciences, Psychology, and Psychiatry

Biography website


April 12, 2016: Healthy Body and Creative Flow

Are you interested in learning how to improve strength, stability, and clarity of mind? Is your back sore, digestion sluggish, are your nerves fried? Come and join us for an experiential hour of mindful yoga, meditation and dialogue. Learn how to incorporate these stress management and relaxation skills into your daily life to enhance your wellbeing. No experience necessary, but bring a yoga mat if you have one.​

Talk Slides: Brown and Fitzgerald Healthy Body and Creative Flow Slides

Portrait of Sheena Brown






Sheena Brown, PhD, MPH

Education Specialist

Office for Research & Discovery

Biography website


Portrait of Deanna Fitzgerald






Deanna Fitzgerald, BA, MFA, RYT-200

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

School of Theatre, Film and Television

Biography website


April 26, 2016: Are You What You Eat?

Healthy eating and regular physical activity are keys to good health and optimal function. Myths and misconceptions about what to eat and how to exercise abound. Join Scott and Melanie for an hour and get your diet and exercise questions answered.


Portrait of Melanie Hingle






Melanie Hingle, PhD, MPH, RD

Assistant Professor

Nutritional Sciences and Public Health

Biography website


Portrait of Scott Going






Scott Going, PhD

Professor and Head

Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Physiology

Biography website