Newly appointed Director of the AAAS CEC, Dr. Linda James Myers is an internationally recognized scholar and cultural critic whose research and production of culturally syntonic psychological knowledge places Africana Studies at the forefront of the paradigm shift supported by contemporary science and converging with Eastern Philosophies. As a scholar/practitioner, author, and medicine woman, her work includes the development of a theory of Optimal Psychology grounded in the wisdom tradition of African deep thought and manifest in non-immigrant African (Indigenous) American culture. Her psychotherapeutic/psycho-educational approach, Belief Systems Analysis, has been widely adopted and used in substance abuse treatment and other behavioral health programs throughout the US and internationally. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. James Myers is currently a Professor at The Ohio State University, and past Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology at New College of California. She also serves as executive director of The Center for Optimal Thought, a private non-profit psycho-educational training organization dedicated to transformative learning, spiritual, moral, and leadership development through pursuit of multi-dimensional self knowledge. Dr. James Myers is a past president of the Association of Black Psychologists, and now serves as ABPsi Elder of Elders. She is all a recipient of numerous awards and honors including: Mary McLeod Bethune/Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Development and Promotion of Black Studies, National Council of Black Studies; Building to Eternity Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Activism, Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization; International Black Women’s Congress Oni Award; Social Justice Action Award, Teachers College, Columbia University; and, a Fulbright Scholar Award.