Dr. Michael Mantell earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at the Hahnemann Medical College, where he wrote his thesis on the psychology of obesity. He has served as Chief Psychologist of Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego, and created and led the nationally recognized Psychological Services and Employee Wellness program for the San Diego Police Department. He has also been a long time member of the clinical faculty at UCSD’s Department of Psychiatry. He is the Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for the American Council on Exercise. He has taught at the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, has written for Les Mills, consults and writes for Total Gym, has been the Senior Executive Consultant to Dimension One Hot Tubs for aquatic fitness, and is a regular contributor to IHRSA’s CBI Magazine. He is an Ambassador for PHIT America, Fitfluential, and BNRG Protein. He is frequently interviewed for fitness and health magazines including Details Magazine, Men's Health & Women’s Health, Weight Watchers, Shape, Natural Health, Women’s World, and a host of others fitness publications. He also serves on the Sports Medicine Team for The Sporting Club of San Diego. The influence of his 1994 book and training video, “Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace,” has led many companies throughout the country to utilize his organizational and training services. He is a weekly contributor to Fox TV News in San Diego and is a long-time member of SAG/AFTRA. He speaks for ICAA, MFA, and other fitness/health organizations.