SHOW EXPERTS

RACHEL DEALTO, Expert | Married at First Sight

Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, coach, hypnotherapist, motivational speaker and author. Rachel believes that relationships are the foundation of everything, and it is essential to learn to navigate those relationships with great communication, a sense of perspective and self-awareness. She also believes in the art of communication, and its inherent value in all aspects of your life.

Rachel developed her communications expertise through her undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and later as a practicing trial attorney after receiving her Juris Doctorate at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Rachel has also received professional training as a certified coach through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and is a certified hypnotherapist via the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists (IACT).

Rachel has appeared on a multitude of media outlets and is also a frequent TEDx speaker.

PASTOR CALVIN ROBERSON, Expert | Married at First Sight

Calvin Roberson is an ordained minister and pastoral counselor. In 2009, Calvin and his wife Wendy started their couples counseling group called Married and Naked, in which the “naked” refers to his patients becoming emotionally naked and transparent.

Dangerous situations aside, Calvin believes that most marriages can be saved. Calvin and Wendy currently counsel couples and maintain a successful marriage blog.

DR. PEPPER SCHWARTZ, Expert | Married at First Sight

Dr. Pepper Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She received her B.A. and M.A, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters of Philosophy and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University.

Dr. Schwartz is the author and/or co-author of 22 books, including “American Couples: Money, Work and Sex,” “The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples,” “Dating over 50 for Dummies,” “Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Places in the World,” “50 Myths about Human Sexuality” and “40 Snap Strategies for a Great Relationship.” She is also the author of over 50 academic articles on intimate relationships, marriage, love, and sex and is the national Love, Sex and Relationship Ambassador for the AARP and writes the column The Naked Truth (AARP.org /Naked Truth).

She is presently the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Ph.D in sexuality studies at the Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is also Chairperson of the Intimacy and Aging study group at Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences as well as a senior fellow and board member of the Council on the Contemporary Family.

Dr. Schwartz has earned awards for excellence in education from the Washington State Women’s Forum, the American Sociological Association for Public Understanding of Sociology and the Simon and Gagnon Award for Sexuality Studies.

She currently resides in the Seattle, Washington area on a horse farm with her family.

JESSICA GRIFFIN, Expert | Seven Year Switch

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist with expertise in trauma, relationships, and high conflict divorce and has been working with couples and families for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster and her Doctorate from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical School (UMMS), where she has been a faculty member since 2006. As a nationally recognized relationship expert in trauma and cognitive-behavioral therapy, she has trained thousands of mental health providers and other professionals, across the country. In addition to her position at UMASS Medical School, Dr. Griffin has maintained a private practice for over a decade where she works with couples and families.

CHARLES J. ORLANDO, Expert | Seven Year Switch

Charles J. Orlando is a relationship expert and bestselling author of several self-help and relationship books as well as a contributing expert for a variety of publications. Referred to as “The Malcolm Gladwell of Relationships” and “Carrie Bradshaw-meets-Hitch” by his readers, he offers free, street-smart love advice to men and women around the world. His approach is one of reality and balance, considering the everyday responsibilities of children, bills, jobs, and other outside influences.

His method to research is unique, as he frequently goes undercover in the worlds of dating, marriage and infidelity. Most recently, Charles went undercover as a “cheating husband” on a popular cheater’s website and his story has been read by millions, offering insight into the cracks and challenges of a long-term marriage, midlife, and infidelity.

Charles has personally connected with tens of thousands of singles and couples via social media to discover the answers to key questions that plague modern-day romance.

ISAIAH PICKENS, Expert | Spouse House

Dr. Isaiah Pickens is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Washington University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Pickens has written for Huffington Post and Psychology Today. He is the founder of iOpening Enterprises, a multi-media company providing mental health education workshops and online resources for teens. He believes a deep connection is definitely possible in 8 weeks’ time. He will be able to translate psychological science in layman’s terms and he is excited to not only help the cast, but also viewers at home. He believes that everyone will learn something about their relationships from The Spouse House!

Christine Hassler, Expert| Spouse House

Christine Hassler received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications from NorthWestern University in Chicago, IL. She holds two Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and is trained in hypnotherapy. Christine is a credentialed life coach and has been leading others to success for the past 12 years. Along with writing five books, she hosts the successful podcast Over It & On With It, where she coaches real people on air. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.

Today, she supports individuals in discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine believes we all deserve and are capable of discovering our passion, pursuing our dreams, and making an impact on the world. She understands that there is no perfect person out there, but is excited to help the cast understand their top 5 core values and your non-negotiables, which lead to successful relationships!

HASANI PETTIFORD, Expert | Couples Retreat

For almost twenty years, award-winning speaker, TV personality, and best-selling author, Hasani Pettiford, has been a recognized authority on couples skills, infidelity recovery, and personal development. Hasani has directly impacted the lives of many, as he fulfills his mission to change the way men and women relate to one another, putting them on the path to healthier, more meaningful relationships. Hasani Pettiford is a celebrity marriage coach who has spent 19 years working with high profile clients, entertainers, professional athletes, Hollywood and corporate execs, small business owners and professionals. Hasani has spoken for hundreds of audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. Their private and group intensives, retreats, coaching programs and weekly counseling sessions are making an impact globally.

Whether Hasani’s in front of a camera, behind a podium, or leading one of his popular relationship seminars, his inspirational and practical advice is giving both men and women the knowledge, skills and hope that is needed to improve the quality of their relationships. Hasani has also produced an array of educational materials which include: The Audacity of Marriage, 101 Ways To Love My Wife, 101 Ways To Love My Husband, 7 Days of Extra-Ordinary Sex, Intellectual Intimacy, Black Thighs, Black Guys & Bedroom Lies, Pimpin’ From The Pulpit To The Pews, Why We Hate Black Women & Why We Should Love Them and many more.

Hasani’s expert advice has been sought after by national print, radio, online, and television networks including Lifetime, NBC, TLC, CW Network BET, TV-One, TBN, Wall Street Journal, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and several other media outlets.

Hasani is happily married and has four beautiful daughters. He is active in the community and faith-based affairs.

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