Alicia Lucksted, PhD, is a clinical-community research psychologist at the University of Maryland Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Mental Health Services Research and at the Veterans Affairs VISN-5 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center. Her work focuses on outcomes and processes of mental health services and interventions, consumer and family led self-help interventions, consumer experiences of mental health services, mental health stigma and internalized stigma.
Amanda is a graduate student in the MSSc in Clinical Psychology Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her B.S.Sc in Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is interested in examining how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be applied in various areas, not only for treatment purposes, but also for mental health promotion and stigma reduction. She aspires to explore and disseminate effective means to promote mental health among the general population.
Amanda Flowers Peterson resides in Redding, Calif., with her husband and two children, and she serves as a Connect Pastor at Bethel Church, helping to lead the connect coaching ministry. She feels called to serve children and youth and has been involved in youth ministry for most of her professional career. Upon arriving to Redding, she became a Community Health Advocate for Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency and is one of the Brave Faces Advocates with the Stand Against Stigma.
Amy Drapalski, PhD, is a research psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Capitol Healthcare Network (VISN 5) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and a volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Her professional work has focused on developing and testing consumer-centered strategies and tools to improve the quality of care of individuals with mental illness and their families and identifying barriers and facilitators to mental health recovery, including internalized stigma.
Ms. Anara Guard, MLS, has worked in suicide and injury prevention since 1993. She is an injury and violence prevention consultant and serves as a subject matter expert to the California social marketing suicide prevention campaign. She provides technical assistance and training to a portfolio of primarily small and rural counties in northern California. Previously, she was deputy director of the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC, Inc. where she oversaw technical assistance to SAMHSA-funded grantees.
Andrew Thorp (BA/BEc (Hons), ANU), Adult Populations Project Manager, beyondblue
beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce stigma. beyondblue works to create an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowers people to seek help and supports recovery, management and resilience.
Andy Warner’s comics have been published by Slate,Medium, American Public Media, Symbolia, KQED,popsci.com, The Showtime Network’s Years of Living Dangerously, The Center for Constitutional Rights, The United Nations Refugee & Works Agency, Generation Progress, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and The Cartoon Picayune.
He is the co-founder and co-editor of Irene.
He lives in San Francisco and he comes from the sea.
Anja Kare Vedelsby has a Master of Arts (Psychology and International Development Studies). Project Coordinator in ONE OF US – the national campaign for antistigma in Denmark. Previously Project Manager in The Danish Mental Health Fund.
Anjana Muralidharan, PhD, is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Veterans Capitol Healthcare Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Baltimore, MD. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Emory University. Her dissertation work focused on the interplay between emotion dysregulation and quality of relationships with parental caregivers in young adults with bipolar disorder. Her current research interests are in the promotion of clinic and community based interventions to promote social integration for adults with serious mental illness.
Ann Marie Dobosz, MA, MFT, is a licensed therapist who specializes in treating teens and young adults in her psychotherapy practice in San Francisco, CA, and overseeing the ReachOut program as Mental Health Specialist for the Inspire USA Foundation. She has been working in mental health and social services for more than a decade in a variety of roles: as a high school counselor, a behavioral therapist for children with autism, and a guide dog mobility instructor training dogs and teaching clients with visual impairments how to work with their new canine partners.
M. Audrey Burnam (PhD, Social Psychology, University of Texas at Austin), is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND who has conducted mental health and substance abuse research for over 30 years. She has served as Director of the RAND Health Center for Research on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Co-Director of RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center, and Manager of RAND’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Group.
Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research (ICMHSR), and Co-Director of the newly established Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI).
Dr. Bettina Friedrich, PhD, is an Academic Researcher at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney in Australia. She received her Diploma in Psychology and Musicology at the University of the Saarland and then worked at the Psychiatric Hospital of the Sonnenberg Clinics in Germany. She was awarded a fulltime scholarship from the European Commission to complete a PhD at the Department of Psychology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She then moved to California to work as postdoctoral researcher at UCSD and the VA Hospital in San Diego.
Brandon Jacobs, MHA, is a Research Specialist with Riverside County Department of Mental Health. His work includes evaluating and reporting outcomes for Wraparound, Peer to Peer, CBITS, Triple P and other prevention and early intervention programs. In addition he serves as co-chairman of Riverside County’s annual mental health fair. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a Masters in Healthcare Administration.
Brigid Morris, BSc, MSc, works as Head of Leadership and Engagement at the mental health charity Mind in the UK and leads on lived experience leadership across all of Mind’s work, which includes the Time to Change anti-discrimination campaign. Brigid has worked on Time to Change since it commenced in 2008. Other current areas of focus include the development of peer led peer support and skilling up staff internally and externally to effectively engage with a wide range of people with experience of mental health problems.
Cecilia Brain, MD, PhD, is clinically active as a Senior Consultant in Psychiatry at the Psychosis Clinic, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden, where I work according to an evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model treating schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Currently I promote the government-initiated implementation of evidence-based psychiatric care, Case Management and Flexible-ACT (FACT) in Sweden.
Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, holds the unique perspective of a person who struggled with severe mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and trains and speaks internationally on trauma-informed care. She is an advanced level WRAP facilitator, Mental Health First Aid USA trainer/ instructor, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister.
As a Program Manager for a small rural county, Christa Thompson, ACSW, manages several components of the Mental Health Services Act including Full Service Partnerships, Prevention and Early Intervention, Innovation Projects, and Workforce Education and Training. Christa holds a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and an Associate of Arts in Business. Prior to working in Public Mental Health, she was a group co-facilitator working with substance abuse treatment facilities in San Francisco and a marketing/project coordinator for several corporations in the private sector.
Claire Henderson, MRCPsych, PhD is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience; and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is Principal Investigator for the evaluation of England’s national anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change Phase. She has led other studies, on mental health related stigma in the workplace and in health care, and on the use of advance statements in mental health care.
Christina Reaves (MPH, George Washington University 2003) is deputy director of the new Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) in the School of Medicine at the University of California Riverside. The CHC is a research center that promotes multi-disciplinary community-engaged research aimed at improving the health of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse communities in the Inland Empire. She came to UCR in 2014 with over 9 years of experience as a research project director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.