Criteria for Top 20 Review Winners

The "Top 20 Review Winners" for 2017 have been selected! SIMPLY, LLC., would like to congratulate this elite group of providers for their contribution to the mental health and wellness industry in 2017. All providers in this profession, across the United States, were considered. Data was collected and analyzed considering the following criteria: ethics, peer reviews, publications, industry awards and recognition, and general advancement of their profession in 2017. Participation in the Top 20 by SIMPLY was not a factor in this independent analysis.

Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura's contribution to the field of psychology spans nearly six decades. He is regarded as one of the most influential psychologists of all time and is arguably the most cited psychologist in history. Now in his 90's, he remains a critical influence in the fields of social learning, aggression, and social behavior. Bandura is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University.

Top Honors

  • APA Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology Award, 2004
  • American Psychological Foundation's Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Psychological Science
  • University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award, 2008

Theodore Burnes

Dr. Theo Burnes is a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional clinical counselor in California who carries multiple professional appointments in the areas of service delivery, teaching, training, and consulting. He actively serves the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS, bringing awareness to the population. In 2014, Burnes accepted a Core Faculty position at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Top Honors

  • Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Service honor, 2010

Robert Cialdini

Regent's Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Arizona State University, Robert Cialdini, is most recognized for his 1984 book entitled, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which has sold over two million copies. His current research includes the effects of social norms on decisions to conserve energy. Cialdini is considered a leader in such topics as altruism, favorable self-presentation tactics, and compliance.

Top Honors

  • Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • Society of Consumer Psychology, Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Teaching Award from the Western Psychological Association, 2009
  • Western Psychological Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016

Amelio D'Onofrio

Amelio D'Onofrio is the founder of the Institute of Psychoanalytic-Existential Psychotherapy, and clinical professor and director of the Psychological Services Institute at Fordham University. He operates a part-time private practice in Westchester and New York City, and offers consultation to numerous schools and agencies on clinical practice and patient well-being.

Top Honors

  • Voted one of the "Most Influential Counseling Psychologists Alive Today" by Best Counseling Degrees
  • Keynote speaker at the NYC Metropolitan Counseling Center Conference

Paul Ekman

Psychologist Paul Ekman's decades-long research into human emotions relative to facial expressions has resulted in the formation of his "Atlas of Emotions" tool, which is essentially a catalogue of thousands of expressions, and has earned him a reputation as "the best human lie detector in the world." Ekman has used his studies to establish workshops and training tools, as well as to assist law enforcement groups.

Top Honors

  • Named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth-century based on publications, citations and awards
  • Named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, 2009
  • Honorary degrees: University of Fernando Pessoa (Portugal), University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Lund University (Sweden).

Barbara L. Fredrickson

A social psychologist, counselor, and distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barbara L. Fredrickson researches emotions, positive psychology, and social relationships. After earning her doctorate degree from Stanford University, Fredrickson taught at the University of Michigan for ten years before taking an appointment at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is best known for her broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.

Top Honors

  • American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology, 2000
  • Society of Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award, 2008
  • Christopher Peterson Gold Medal, 2013

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Known as the developer of the theory of Multiple Intelligences, Dr. Gardner has been actively devoted to U.S. school reforms that seek to go beyond traditional standardized testing. He has won numerous awards for his research and has received honorary degrees from 29 universities.

Top Honors

  • American Psychological Association William James Award, 1987
  • University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, 1990
  • Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, 2011

Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik is a world-renowned counseling psychologist known for her work in cognitive and language development. She is a professor of psychology and an affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal. She specializes in the study of how language affects thought, and is an authority on developmental psychology and the philosophy of mind.

Top Honors

  • Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society
  • The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bruce S. Hoffman

With 20 years dedicated to clinical psychiatry, Dr. Hoffman brings a wealth of knowledge in treating people with a variety of mental and emotional conditions, including: ADHD, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, as well as sleeping disorders. He focuses primarily on groundbreaking treatments and on an in-depth diagnosis, demanding his own innovative technique of evaluation.

Top Honors

  • Cambridge Who's Who for Dedication, Leadership, and Excellence in Psychology, 2010
  • Rate MD, rated #1 in the U.S., 2016-2017

Stephen Kosslyn

Stephen Kosslyn is a counseling psychologist, author, and educator who specializes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His research includes the study of mental imagery, visual display design, and how people exhibit individual differences when performing particular tasks. Kosslyn has published over 300 scientific papers and authored and/or co-authored 15 books. His work is used in universities and college settings throughout the world.

Top Honors

  • National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award
  • Prix Jean-Louis Signoret
  • Cattell Award
  • Guggenheim Fellowship

Elizabeth Loftus

Elizabeth Loftus is most widely recognized for her research on eyewitness memory and the misinformation effect. She has conducted research in the fields of childhood sexual abuse and recovered memory. Loftus holds seven honorary degrees in a variety of fields from universities and colleges. In 2002, Loftus was the highest-placed female psychologist on the Review of General Psychology's list of the 100 most influential psychological researchers of the twentieth-century.

Top Honors

  • William James Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, 2001
  • Grawemeyer Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society, 2009
  • American Humanist Association, Isaac Asimov Award, 2016

Andrew Meltzoff

Andrew Meltzoff gained international attention for his long-term research on young children and memory. He is the author of two books about learning in early stages of development, and has received numerous honors for his selected works on the imitative brain and social cognition. A graduate of Oxford University, Dr. Meltzoff is currently co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. The Institute is an interdisciplinary scientific research center on human learning.

Top Honors

  • National Institutes of Health MERIT Award
  • Outstanding Research Award, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Kenneth Craig Award in Psychology, Cambridge University, England, 2005

Rod Pezeshki

Dr. Pezeshki is a spiritual Life Coach in Los Angeles with back ground in general medicine and psychology. He is an author of three books, a seasoned expert in a variety of meditation techniques including Japa, mindfulness, spiritual, existential, and contemplative meditation. Dr. Pezeshki utilizes innovative techniques to balance the mind, body, and spirit with positive energy. "Dr. Rod" is also an active Director of the Los Angeles Children's Charity Group, a non-profit organization serving orphaned and abused kids.


  • Live a Purposeful Life with Passion (2011)
  • The Loving Light Within (2012)
  • Authentic Being - Your Soul's Hidden Secrets (2014)

Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is among the foremost authorities on language and the mind, particularly in the areas of visual cognition and the psychology of language, and was named by Time Magazine as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World." A Harvard College scholar, Pinker has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is currently the Johnstone Family Professor in Harvard University's psychology department.

Top Honors

  • American Psychological Association, Early Career Award, 1984
  • National Academy of Sciences, Troland Research Award, 1993
  • Walter P. Kistler Book Award, 2005
  • George Miller Prize, 2010
  • Richard Dawkins Award, 2013

Michael Posner

Michael Posner is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oregon and an Adjunct Professor at New York's Weill Medical College. A graduate of both the University of Washington and the University of Michigan, Posner's research interests include neural mechanisms and structures underlying selective attention. Posner combines the work of psychology and neuroscience, making him a leader and innovator in the study of brain development. He has been recognized through multiple fellowships, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy.

Top Honors

  • Grawemeyer Award in Psychology, 2001
  • National Medal of Science, 2008
  • NAS, John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science, 2012

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Vilayanur S. Ramachandran is one of the leading counseling psychologists of today, who is best known for his work in the fields of visual psychophysics and behavioral neurology. He is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition. Ramachandran has received multiple awards and has penned a New York Times bestseller, "The Tell Tale Brain." In 2011, Ramachandran was listed on Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

Top Honors

  • Ariens-Kappers medal, 1999
  • Padma Bhushan, 2007
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, 2014

Yasmine Saad, Ph.D.

Yasmine Saad, Ph.D., is the founder of Madison Park Psychological Services in New York. Currently, she maintains her affiliation with Montefiore Medical Center, where she teaches and supervises. She also holds an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, she has the privilege of being part of a small group of mental health professionals selected to train the best psychiatry chief residents in the country.

Top Honors

  • Continental Who's Who Pinnacle Professional in the field of Psychology, 2016
  • Ranked one of the Top Three Psychologists in New York for 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 by

Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman is the leading authority in the fields of resilience, depression, optimism, and pessimism and is best known for his theory of learned helplessness and innovation in the study of depression. Seligman is listed as the thirteenth most quoted twentieth-century psychologist in preparatory psychology textbooks (based on a study by Haggbloom). He has authored several bestselling books and hundreds of scholarly publications. He is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology.

Top Honors

  • Elected President of the American Psychological Association, 1998
  • Two Distinguished Scientific Contribution awards by the American Psychological Association

Allison Task

Allison Task is an author and life coach in New Jersey. Prior to coaching, she was the host of Cook Yourself Thin, the host of TLC's Home Made Simple, and traveled the country for two years as host of Yahoo's Blue Ribbon Hunter. She was a food stylist for Food Network, a culinary producer for Martha Stewart, Food editor for Atkins Nutritionals, and a contributing editor for Cooking Light Magazine. In addition to coaching, Allison hosts a podcast called "Find My Thrive," and writes regularly for Readers Digest.


  • You Can Trust a Skinny Cook (2011)
  • Cooking Light Lighten Up, America (2013)

Philip Zimbardo

With more than 50 years educating and studying the field of psychology, Philip Zimbardo is most recognized by his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment, which showcased the ease with which high-performing college students cross the gray line between good and evil. Zimbardo is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, and remains active in charitable and economic work worldwide. He has authored textbooks on psychology, as well as many other books.

Top Honors

  • Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation Vision 97 Award
  • American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Science of Psychology, 2012
  • Honorary doctorate degree from Charles University, Prague, 2016