Complete Executive Functions Podcast with EFCNY Cofounder Dr. Adele Diamond, PhD, and EFCNY Founder Stephen Rudin, MD.

Adele Diamond, PhD, is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and was recently recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists alive today.

Adele is at the forefront of research on Executive Functions and on the brain’s prefrontal cortex on which they depend. Executive Functions include “thinking outside the box” (cognitive flexibility), mentally relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones while resisting temptations and staying focused (inhibitory control, including selective attention).

She has made discoveries that have improved treatment for two different medical disorders and discoveries that have impacted education, improving the lives of millions of children. Her work has shown that executive functions can be improved even in the very young.

Adele was educated at Swarthmore (BA, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard (PhD), and Yale Medical School (postdoc). Her many awards include an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Ben-Gurion University and the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. She was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA and named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century.”

Dr. Diamond is the Founding Advisor of EFCNY.

Stephen Rudin, MD, is the Principal Mentor and President of EFCNY as well as Peak Year LLC (est. 2016), Individual U. LLC (est. 2003) and Emotional Intelligence Tango LLC (est. 2017). A Chief Learning Officer for families and family offices, he is a nationally prominent thought leader and speaker in the area of intergen conversation and collaboration with a focus on qualitative capital, re-gendering of wealth, sustainability of the planet, spirituality, and the introduction of systems thinking.

After graduating from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine where he received his medical degree and after initial residency and research training, Stephen decided not to follow the path toward practicing medicine and instead has devoted himself and his career to helping children, young adults, families, and individuals of all ages unlock their potential. In addition to EFCNY, Stephen is the Founder, Principal Mentor, and President of three other renowned experiential mentoring organizations, Individual U. LLC (est. 2003), Peak Year LLC (est. 2017) and Emotional Intelligence Tango LLC (est. 2017).

A former Upward Bound Teacher of the Year, for the past thirty years Stephen has mentored individuals from kindergarten through medical school, graduate school, and beyond. His work at Peak Year focuses on helping its participants to find and explore their passions and turn them to meaningful purpose, acquiring the skills and practices to help them navigate their best and happiest paths forward.

Stephen is currently engaged in the completion of three highly anticipated writing projects, two in the educational space: Transforming Education© (coauthor Christina Young) and College Train Wreck: Tools and Tips for Getting Back on Track (to a Happier and More Successful Life)©. A humorist and writer about the human condition currently working on the comedic novel The Prosthetic Hipster©, Stephen was also the head writer of best-selling, award-winning software and books including A.D.A.M.: The Inside Story, The Nine Month Miracle, and The Human Body: Fandex Family Field Guide. Stephen’s diverse interests and practices include white water kayaking, Tai Chi, Ving Chun Kung Fu, Japanese culture and martial arts, outdoor adventuring, and Argentine tango, all of which have found their way into Peak Time programs. He is also the owner and serves as Director of the Peak Year Gallery. Stephen lives on NYC’s Upper West Side in a hobbit-sized co-op with an enchanted garden.

Stephen Rudin graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. degree. He is not in the practice of medicine at Peak Year or anywhere else.


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