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2014 Plenary Presenters Below

Thursday, September 18th

OPENING PLENARY, The Mental Health Revolution in Public Health

David L. Shern, Ph.D. | Senior Public Health Advisor, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Senior Science Advisor, Mental Health America

With over 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services, research, and system reform, David L. Shern, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s leading mental health experts. Shern currently serves as Senior Public Health Advisor to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and is also the Senior Science Advisor for Mental Health America (MHA). He served as interim president and CEO of MHA from 2013 to 2014 and previously led the organization from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining MHA, Shern was dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, one of the largest research and training institutes in behavioral health services in the U.S. He also founded and directed the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health – a National Institute of Mental Health-funded services research center. His work has spanned a variety of mental health services research topics including epidemiological studies of the need for community services; the effects of differing organizational, financing and service delivery strategies on continuity of care and client outcome, and the use of alternative service delivery strategies such as peer counseling and self help on the outcomes of care. He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services and Research and the American Journal of Public Health.

LUNCH PLENARY / PANEL DISCUSSION, The Prevention Powers of Hope

Ric T. Munoz, JD, MSW | Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa

Ric T. Munoz joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work and School of Community Medicine in 2010. He currently teaches multiple courses in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work with an emphasis on social justice, such as Direct Social Work Practice with Populations at Risk. He has served in legal and social work practice advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. He has also researched and published on issues relating to social justice, with current interests including health disparities and community based participatory research. Munoz completed both his J.D. and his M.S.W. at Washington University.



FRIDAY, September 19

MORNING PLENARY, Prediction and Early Intervention of Psychosis

Amy B. Goldstein, PhD | Associate Director for Prevention Research, National Institute of Mental Health

Amy Goldstein, PhD, joined the National Institute of Mental Health in November 2006 and serves as Chief of the Child and Adolescent Preventive Intervention Research Program of the Division of Services and Intervention Research. In October 2013, she was named as the NIMH Associate Director for Prevention. In this congressionally mandated position, she collaborates with other NIMH Divisions, including the Division of Intramural

Research Programs, other NIH Institutes, other federal agencies, and external organizations to build and manage an NIMH-wide, integrated prevention research program. Dr. Goldstein also represents NIMH on interagency and interdepartmental policy and program development initiatives in prevention and is actively involved in NIMH research efforts pertaining to suicide prevention. Dr. Goldstein has received an NIMH Director’s Award for Significant Achievement (2009) “For outstanding service in seeking to fundamentally change the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia via the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode effort,”, and an NIH Director’s Award for Significant Achievement (2014), “In recognition of superior scientific leadership in promoting indicated prevention strategies that promise to fundamentally alter the trajectory of first episode schizophrenia.”


LUNCH PLENARY / PANEL DISCUSSION, Windows of Opportunity: A Prevention / Mitigation Continuum

Gerard Clancy, MD | President, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa | Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gerry Clancy joined the University of Oklahoma in 2001 as Dean of the OU College of Medicine in Tulsa, and Professor of Psychiatry. Five years later, he assumed the additional role of President of OU-Tulsa. Under his leadership, the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center campus has seen significant growth of both facilities and programs. In 2008, with a $50 million donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Clancy led a successful effort to transform medical education at OU-Tulsa. The OU College of Medicine’s Tulsa branch was renamed the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. The first of its kind in the nation, the school’s mission is to improve the health of all Oklahomans, particularly those in underserved rural and urban populations. In 2011, Clancy resigned as Dean of the medical school to devote his full energies to overseeing all Norman-based and OU Health Sciences programs at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center. A practicing psychiatrist, Clancy continues to teach students and medical residents. Born and reared in Iowa City, Iowa, Clancy attended the University of Iowa, earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and his medical degree. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Medical School Program in Health Care Policy and Management. Clancy served on active duty in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major and serving as a flight surgeon.


CLOSING PLENARY - The Art and Science of Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving

Joan Borysenko, PhD | Author and President, Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC

Dr. Joan Borysenko is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in cell biology from Harvard Medical School, she synthesizes cutting-edge science with a deep humanity. Dr. Borysenko is founder and president of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC in Boulder, CO and a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books. Her 16th book, The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life will be available in September 2014.