Refujio Rodriguez-Rodriguez, MA is the Mental Health Services Act Division Chief and Ethnic Services Manger Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS). Mr. Rodriguez has work in the human service field for over 17 year and has extensive experience in program development and implementation. Specifically, Mr. Rodriguez has specialized in services and programing for Latino transition aged males, incarcerated young and adult men, and Latino families.
Richard R. Owen, MD, Owen is a psychiatrist and experienced mental health services researcher who is the Director of the Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research, a VA HSR&D Center of Excellence. For 10 years, he served as the Director of the Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). From June of 2008 through March of 2009, he served as Deputy Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Research & Development at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), and has been the Acting ACOS for Research at CAVHS since April 2009. Dr.
Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Immediate Past President of ACMHA—The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. Dr.
Dr. Ryan Quist is over Research and Technology for Riverside County Department of Mental Health. He is manages research and evaluation activities over MHSA programs, PEI programs, and other evidence based practices.
Sara Evans-Lacko, PhD, is currently a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the department of Health Service and Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She has an M.H.S. in psychiatric epidemiology and PhD in Health Policy and Management, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has a particular interest and expertise in pathways to care and social support for people with mental illness (particularly young people) and the evaluation of anti-stigma interventions.
Scott Ashwood (PhD, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University) is an Associate Policy Researcher at RAND. He has extensive experience with empirical studies of health care utilization, spending, access to care, quality measurement, and behavior. Dr. Ashwood has training and experience with a variety of economic and quantitative methods and has worked with many types of health care data, including claims data (Medicare, Medicaid, DoD, commercial), survey data (e.g. CAHPS, MCBS, NHIS), geographic data (e.g.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC), and the co-Director of the UC Davis Latino Aging Research and Resource Center (LARRC).
Dr. Shu-Ping Chen was trained as an occupational therapist and is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University. Her work focuses on teaching and research for people with mental health issues on two themes: 1) social inclusion for individuals with mental illnesses, and 2) mental health promotion. She has expertise in research related to stigma and disability. Along with Drs. Heather Stuart and Terry Krupa, Dr. Chen is a lead investigator for The Caring Campus: An Intervention Project.
Stan Collins has worked in the suicide prevention field for over 10 years. He has presented or provided training to over 500,000 adults and youth on the subject of suicide prevention including medical professionals, military, law enforcement, school staff and community members. In 2001, he testified before a United States Senate Subcommittee on the topic of youth suicide.
Stephen K. Marks, Ph.D., has been serving in health-service-related fields since 1993. Among other things he is certified and current as a Copeland Center Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator (ALWF) and an Anderson and Anderson Certified Anger Management Facilitator (CAMF).
Steven Gilbert, B.Sc. (Hons). I have a history of mental health difficulties extending back to my late teens, which required a period of counselling. My depressive episodes deepened during my post-graduate studies. A period of stability was followed by two serious depressive episodes, requiring home-treatment. A manic episode in 2010 resulted in me being sectioned, leading to my diagnosis with Bi-polar Disorder. This has given me personal experience of the problems associated with accessing treatment and the wide variability of care within the system.
Suzanna Juarez-Williamson has worked for the Riverside County Department of Mental Health for the past eight years with nearly 5 years serving as a Supervising Research Specialist in the Research and Evaluation unit.
Terry Krupa, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), FCAOT, is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, Canada. She holds cross-appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing. Dr.
Teri Brister, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Content Integrity for the Education, Training and Peer Support Center at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Brister is responsible for the development of new programs and ensuring the overall quality content of NAMI’s existing programs. She is the author of NAMI Basics, the signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness and also the new NAMI Homefront education program for families of Service Members and Veterans who are experiencing mental health challenges.
Virginie van Boven (1978) was born and raised in the southern part of The Netherlands. Since she was a child she knew she wanted to work in healthcare and at age 17 she started her professional education to become a registered nurse in the city of Eindhoven. She was convinced she wanted to work in a general hospital, but in her psychiatry apprenticeship she discovered her fascination and qualities for working in mental healthcare.
William Vega, PhD is Provost Professor at the University of Southern California with appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, psychology and gerontology. He is also the Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at USC and an Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
Winnie W. S. MAK, PhD, is the director of the Diversity and Well-Being Laboratory and an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology Programs in the Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as well as an Associate Professor (by courtesy) of the School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. She is a clinical psychologist with a community focus. Her research interests are in the areas of stigma and well-being of social minorities, personal recovery of people with mental illness, mindfulness, and mental health promotion through e-technology.
Sherry X. YANG is a PhD candidate at Department of Psychology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is broadly interested in research of stigmatization and well-being. Specifically, she focuses on the contamination effect of stigma and the role of culture in the ecological model of stigma. Contamination plays a dynamic role in stigmatization by enabling stigma to permeate over time, within and across individuals, and across contexts.
Dr. Ziyan Xu earned her medical degree in 2006 and worked as a psychiatrist at Beijing Anding Hospital, Capital Medical University, China. Since July 2014, Dr. Xu has been a postdoc in Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of University of Ulm, Germany.