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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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mari swingle

Swingle Clinic
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mari K. Swingle has extensive experience from both the worlds of Education and Clinical Psychology. Prior to 1997, Dr. Mari worked extensively in Curriculum Development, Language Acquisition, and the exploration of learning modalities to enhance accelerated as well as remedial learning. In the early 2000’s Dr. Mari crossed over fully to clinical work, focusing on the role of neurophysiology in learning, generalized well-being and mental health. Currently Dr. Mari works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments; but is perhaps best known for her work with children and families experiencing behavioral and learning difficulties including but not limited to, Defiance and Conduct Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, Written Output, Speech and Auditory Disorders. 

About the turn of the millennium, Dr. Mari started noting an emergent trend of what she now terms i-interference; wherein a growing number of her clients’ performance appeared to be affected by excessive usage of screen based technologies. Eyes wide open, she also started noting accompanying generalized shifts in society and social behavior due to the same.  This sparked a curiosity that could not be put out.

Dr. Mari is now recognized as a known expert on the effects of i-technology (screen based devices) on the brain and behavior.  In interviews, she has been referred to as the ‘Dear Abby’ of i-tech for her extensive practical knowledge. You will find over 20 years of observation, research and practice explored in her new book i-Minds (New Society Press) for which she has received numerous accolades as well as a 2015 Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavioral Sciences Foundation (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award for exceptional work in the first 10 years post PhD, and the research presented in i-Minds