Breakout Presenters

Teri Brister

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. Prior to joining the Education, Training and Peer Support Center in January of 2007, Dr. Brister was a NAMI Regional Leadership Consultant.

Prior to joining NAMI in 2005, Dr. Brister worked for twenty years in the community mental heath system in Mississippi, working in both clinical and administrative roles, including Assistant Executive Director in two different centers.

Dr. Brister received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University, and her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi.