“If you know what to do, how to act, and what to say – you’ll be Safer and Saner – where ever you work, what ever you do, whoever you’re with.”
Edmond Otis is internationally known for improving professional relationships and outcomes across a broad range of professional environments. His AACT-NOW programs provide cutting edge training and seminars to large and small businesses, public and private agencies, schools, government offices, libraries, industry and medical providers.
Edmond’s focus is specific – enhance resilience, and increase efficiency and productivity, as you reduce stress, reduce conflict, and reduce the risk of injury and violence by Making the Workplace Safe and Sane.
Edmond is the developer of, “Let’s Make Me Resilient”, a behavioural training program that has been presented through Health Hawke’s Bay to high school students throughout the region, and across New Zealand, since 2016.
Edmond is currently Senior Lecturer in Health and Sport Science, and the Masters of Health Science, at the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Prior to this, he was a Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where he held teaching positions across Psychology, Honours, the Graduate School of Education, Physical Education, and served as Director of Martial Arts in Athletics He was twice recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching award.
Additionally, Edmond is a world recognised coach and life-long veteran of traditional Japanese karate training. Edmond blends these distinctive skills and insights into his training and consulting style – teaching real skills, and creating dynamic content, effective strategies and pragmatic solutions for complex and difficult workplace situations.
Edmond is most interested in understanding the endless ways that our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, and our relationships – impact our performance, our health, our happiness, and our quality of life.
To find out more about Edmonds karate background and personal dojo in New Zealand, please click here.
AACT-NOW Director of Research
BS, MS, PhD
Roberta Cox received her Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Her research includes identifying and understanding the effects of personality and aggression on social hierarchy – whether at home or at work, as well as the effects of environment on normal and abnormal social behaviour.
She has worked as a project manager and program and content developer for numerous organisations, including Health Hawke’s Bay (HB), and the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and continues to accept closed-ended contracts from select clients.
Roberta has taught general, physiological, abnormal, health, and comparative psychology, research methodology and statistics at many colleges and universities, including the University of California – Riverside, Loma Linda University, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal State University at San Bernardino. She also has experience in elementary education, and as a psychotherapist and administrator of an adolescent psych group homes.