After completing Kadıköy Anatolian High Scool in 1990 and the Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology at Boğaziçi University in 1994, she worked as human resources specialist in AC Nielsen Zet, the global market research company, for 3 years. After working actively on the establishment of this HR department, she focused on in-service trainings and recruitment phase. While living abroad between 1997 and 2003, she did volunteer work and taught in schools in diverse cultures within countries like Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Thailand. After returning to her country, she earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology, and conducted psychotherapy with adolescents and adults with depression and anxiety disorders. As a psychodramatist, she conducted training programs for adolescents and families. Her psychotherapy work has been certificated by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and she was the first psychologist from Türkiye to be admitted to the academy in the “diplomate” status. She is the associate editor and one of the translators of the two commonly used self-help books widely used in cognitive therapy (Feeling Good, Reinventing Your Life). She is one of the first members of the International Schema Therapy Association and one of the three psychotherapists in Türkiye to be certified as a supervisor and trainer in schema therapy. She has given several trainings on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Schema Therapy, and has provided supervisions to therapists. She has been awarded EuroPsy by EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations) in 2014. Currently, she is teaching ALIS courses at Koç University. She has completed her PhD at Maastricht University Faculty of Paychology and Neuroscience with her dissertation titled “Probation officers in Turkey: The relevance of attitudes toward offenders”. https://doi.org/10.26481/dis.20220921ae
Muhsine Itır Ozgen, Ph.D., is lecturing Academic / Life Skills and management courses at Koc University. She had her degree in Psychology from Bogazici University. She worked at Boğaziçi University Psychology Research and Application Center in the clinical psychology field. Meanwhile, she earned her two M.A. degrees in Human Resources and Industrial Psychology. Her research field is the effectiveness of the training programs in the workplace. After assessing the effects of an outdoor training program on company dynamics in Siemens Kartal and Ankara she started working in private sector. She worked in two Training & Management Consultancy companies for 10 years. Then she worked as a freelance management consultant mainly in the healthcare industry. Her major seminar subjects were the effectiveness of patient-doctor relationship, coping with burnout, presentation techniques, and emotional intelligence. She earned her diploma from the University of California-Berkeley on “Project Management”. She completed the certificate program “MLQ Leadership and Coaching” from Deakin University/Australia. Apart from her academic education, she participated in numerous seminars in Türkiye and abroad. Some of them are: “Recruitment regarding Personality Traits (Australia)”, “Gestalt Coaching (İstanbul)”, “Branded Customer Service (USA)”, Anger Management (İstanbul)”, Psychodrama (İstanbul)”, “7 Habits of Effective People, Stephen Covey (İstanbul)” She offered numerous training and consulting to company employees from national and international well-known companies. Some of them are Bayer, Bosch, Carrefour, DHL, Fujitsu, Hannover Messe, KPMG, Marsh Sigorta, Mercedes, Novartis, Petrol Ofisi, Pronet, Roche, Turkcell, YKK.
Names of the training programs she frequently offers: Branded Customer Management, People First, Emotional Intelligence, Time Management, Performance Management, Effective Leadership and Management, The Art of Dealing with Difficult People, Outdoor Team Training, Coaching, Stress Management, Fish Motivation Programs.
Dr. Ozgen earned her a Ph.D. degree in Human and Organizational Development Program from Fielding Graduate University/California. Her research area is the willingness to mentor in organizations. She conducted her research in the two biggest conglomerates of Türkiye. She also has publications in the patient-doctor relationship.
Pınar Özbek graduated from Galatasaray High School, and completed the Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology at Boğaziçi University. After graduation, she earned her Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Department at Columbia University on Fulbright Scholarship. During her master’s program, she completed an internship on mental health issues at United Nations Headquarters in New York. In addition, she went through rigorous leadership training as a grantee in the Women’s International Leadership and International Leaders Programs at International House, New York. She also served as trainer in mental health and intercultural communication during these programs. Following her master’s program, she provided individual therapy, group counseling and rehabilitation counseling services in mental health clinics in New York. After returning to Türkiye in 2010, she worked as a qualitative research executive at Millward Brown, the global market research company, and provided consultation on consumer behavior to several firms. She joined ALIS Team in September 2011. Having pursued a career in performing arts in addition to psychology, she now serves as an advisor to Koç University Musical Club. She has been active on the boards of Turkish Psychological Association since 2012, and now serves as its Vice President. She is also an international affiliate of American Psychological Association. She continues her work on psychotherapy and serves as a mentor to several high school and college students.
Dinçer Kocalar completed Kabataş High School, and graduated Istanbul Technical University as mechanical engineer in 1988. Once earning his M.Sc degree in the same field, he began his professional life as a project engineer in energy industry. He worked at a variety of positions such as team leadership, marketing, strategic planning, human resources, management and consulting in different firms including Aygaz Co. until 1999. He completed the courses of ‘Engineering Management’ PhD program and the ‘Teaching Certificate’ at Marmara University. Following his decision to make a change in his career path, he immigrated to Canada and earned BA Honours degree in psychology at York University. He completed MA program in clinical psychology during which he has been awarded with a national scholarship. He did research on emotional change processes in psychotherapy. He volunteered at Gerstein Crisis Center in Toronto and worked as a teaching assistant in the psychology department of York University. He still continues the PhD program at the same university. In addition to his academic education, he participated in a variety of training programs and supervisions about Emotion Focued Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama and Psychodynamic Therapy in both Canada and Türkiye. He has been practicing psychotherapy working with adults and adolescents in the form of individual, couples and group therapy since 2005. Depression, anxiety, relationship problems, loss and grief and existential crisis take places in the scope of his therapy work. In 2013, he taught ‘Psychotheraphy Skills’ course in the post graduate program of Dogus University and worked as a co-facilitator in the Emotion Focused Therapy certificate program. In Human Group Co., he has been facilitating personal and organizational development programs on such topics as communication and relationship management, self-awareness, conflict management, assertiveness, team building, decision making, change management, emotional intelligence, motivation and innovation. He is a certified facilitator of the leadership program called ‘Drucker Management Path’ (DMP). In his career as an athlete in olimpic windsurfing discipline, he granted a place in Türkiye’s national team in 1998 and also won the national title twice in Canadian Longboard Masters Championships. He has worked as a youth coach in Istanbul Sailing Club (IYK) and Toronto Windsurfing Club (TWC). As an outdoor sports lover, he is still active in orienteering and adventure racing sports. He volunteers at the Search and Rescue Association (AKUT) and also is a member of Turkish Psychological Association (TPD) and the Society for Psychotherapy Integration (SPI).
She received her bachelor’s degree from Boğaziçi University, Department of Philosophy. During her undergraduate years, she was entitled to receive the Basic Science Undergraduate Scholarship given by TUBITAK according to the rank in the university entrance exam. In this period, she also worked voluntarily at Boğaziçi University Social Services Club (BUSOS), The Foundation for Children with Leukemia (LÖSEV) and The Hope Foundation for Children with Cancer (KAÇUV). Following her undergraduate studies, she decided to continue her social responsibility career professionally and took charge in the National and European Union projects of the The Spinal Cord Paralytics Association of Turkey (TOFD). She was the Turkey coordinator of the project called Missing Link, which was supported by the European Union Lifelong Learning-Grundtvig Partnership Program and implemented with the collaboration of Turkey, Sweden, England and Belgium. She also participated in the ``Discover e-volunteering`` competition organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange in Poland, representing TOFD, and came third in the contest where 72 projects from 24 countries participated.
Then she decided to advance her academic career and completed her master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology at East London University, the first university in Europe to offer a master's degree in positive psychology, with a high honors by writing thesis on ``difficulties generating self-compassion``. And she pursued her doctoral study on “structural properties and constructive aspects of authenticity” within the “Centre for Research in Human Flourishing” affiliated to the Faculty of Social Sciences of Nottingham University.
She attended many trainings related to her research fields, the main ones are as follows; Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training (Netherlands), Search Inside Yourself (Ireland), Mindfulness in Organizations and Leadership Teams (UK), Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy (Sweden), Clinical Skills / Advanced Training of Compassion-Focused Therapy (UK).
She conducted long-term workshops at Bogaziçi University Guidance and Psychological Counselling Center (BUREM) and Koç University Guidance and Psychological Services Center (KURES) regarding her research subjects.
In addition to her academic life, Aydan Toper was one the instructors of two educational institutions, The School of Life Istanbul and Tezgahçılar. Among the companies she has given training, there are institutions whose achievements have been recognized locally and globally, such as Bosch, 3M, Unilever, Pfizer, Yapı Kredi, Danone, Akbank.
Ezgi Özkök Yılmaz completed the Bachelor of Arts program in Psychological Counseling and Guidance at Boğaziçi University. During her studies, she was highly interested in helping professions, social consciousness and responsibility. She completed all the elective courses in Peer Guidance which were designed to select, train and supervise program students to support the adjustment of the English preparatory students. She did an evaluation study of the peer program and presented its findings at a conference. She was an active member of the Social Services Student Club and worked on project planning, organizing trainings, mentoring children who live at child protection institution, and organizing a Children's Festival. Later, she organized the workshops of an international youth festival aiming to raise awareness on civil society organizations. She earned her Master of Arts degree from Psychological Counseling and Guidance at Boğaziçi University in 2015. She conducted her master's thesis research on cognitive appraisals and coping strategies of English preparatory students in relation to their psychological problems. While she was a master's student, she worked as a research assistant at the department for three years. She was a member of the organizing committee at the 13th National Congress of Counseling together with 2013 World Congress of Counseling with IAC. She has been a volunteer counselor at the counseling center of Boğaziçi University since 2020. Since her graduation, she worked as a high school counselor at three schools and accumulated 10 years of experience.
She taught ‘Career Counseling Theories’ ‘Career Counseling Practices’ and ‘Practicum’ courses at the psychological counseling and guidance undergraduate programs of Maltepe University and MEF University between 2019 and 2022. She has been offering workshops and training on career development. In addition to her academic studies, she continues her work on individual counseling. She is a regular attendant of the training and conferences of Istanbul Psychoanalytical Association and Rorschach and Projective Tests Association. She is invested in training in psychoanalytic approach as a source of personal and professional development since 2013.
Zeynep Aycan is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Koç University. She has dual-appoinment in Departments of Psychology and Faculty of Management. She is the Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Aycan received her Doctoral degree from Queen’s University and conducted post-doctoral studies at McGill Universiy, Faculty of Management. Aycan’s reseach focuses on impact of culture on variouse aspects of organizational processes, including leadership, human resource management, women’s career development and work-life balance.