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Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Goldman received his M.D. from Harvard University and Ph.D. in social policy research from Brandeis University. He is mental health services and policy researcher, who is the author of 325 publications in the professional literature. Dr. Goldman is the editor of Psychiatric Services. He served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health for which he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion.  In 1996 he was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance, and in 2002 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. David Satcher was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998 as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, and served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services until 2002. During his service as Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher tackled issues that had not previously been addressed at the national level, including mental health, sexual health, and obesity-as well as the disparities that exist in health and health care access and quality for minorities. His initial report on mental health, the first Surgeon General’s Report on this important health topic, asserts that mental illness is a critical public health problem that must be addressed by the nation. This report received such an overwhelming response from policy makers, health professionals, community leaders and individuals, that Dr. Satcher went on to issue three other Surgeon General Reports on the topic. The reports he issued as Surgeon General have triggered nationwide efforts of prevention, heightened awareness of important public health issues, and generated major public health initiatives.

Following his service as Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher established The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2006 as a natural extension of his experience in improving public health policy for all Americans and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for minorities, poor people and other disadvantaged groups.

Dr. E. Jane Costello is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. She Co-directs the Center for Developmental Epidemiology, which brings together researchers from different disciplines to advance understanding of the origins, course, and prevention of mental illness across the life course. Her program of empirical and theoretical work has increased her conviction that child psychiatric epidemiology must incorporate developmental science if it is to carry out its mission of understanding, treating, and preventing the psychiatric disorders of childhood and adolescence (in the process, perhaps, also relieving some of the burden of adult disorders). In her work as an epidemiologist Dr. Costello is using the data sets to which she has access through the Center for Developmental Epidemiology to develop a model of child psychopathology that will help us to integrate findings about the causes of mental illness ("etiologic epidemiology") with a better understanding of risk factors and the options for prevention ("public health epidemiology"). An important aim for her is to use findings from this work as the basis for developing a set of propositions about how public health can use a primary care/primary prevention model to improve the emotional and behavioral development of children.

Dr. Costello also directs the Great Smoky Mountains Study, a longitudinal study of the development of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and access to mental health care, in a representative sample of 1400 children and adolescents living in the southeastern United States.

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on US health and health care, and is also one of the nation’s most respected health care journalists and thought leaders. She is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and a regular commentator on health policy for National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America and other television and radio networks.

Dentzer served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading journal of health policy. She also previously led the NewsHour’s health unit, reporting extensively on-air about health care reform debates. Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the IOM’s Board on Population Health. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization.

Dentzer is also on the board of directors of Research!America, an alliance working to make research to improve health a higher priority; is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute, the nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She is also a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the RAND Health Board of Advisors, the March of Dimes national advisory board and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.

Philip S. Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, medical school, psychiatry residency and chief residency, as well as masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology, all at Harvard University. These training experiences impressed him with the urgent need to uncover the neurobiological bases of mental disorders and improve their treatments. In response, he has spent the majority of his professional career in research, advisory, teaching, and administrative activities, all designed to better understand and treat mental disorders.

As the Deputy Director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), he assists the Director in overseeing 1300 NIMH staff and $1.4 billion spent annually on basic and clinical research that will help pave the way for prevention, recovery and cure of mental illnesses.

Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Wang served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he conducted pharmacoepidemiologic  studies of off-target drug effects as well as clinical trials testing new interventions with grant support from NIMH, NIDA, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an author of approximately 180 scientific publications in leading medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet.

Mark Salzer, Ph.D. is a professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University.  He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, a research and training center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Dr. Salzer obtained his bachelors degree with honors in sociology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  He completed his clinical internship at Yale University and an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at Vanderbilt University.  He has been a faculty member at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was most recently an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Salzer has been the principal Investigator on numerous federally-funded research grants (NIH, SAMSHA, NIDRR) and has more than 60 publications that examine the delivery of effective community mental health and rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Ian Shaffer, MD, MMM, CPE is Vice President and Medical Director, Behavioral Health for Healthfirst responsible for behavioral health program management. Prior to this he was Vice President Behavioral Health Program Design and Research for Health Net Federal Services responsible for behavioral health program design and research with a specific focus on the military and veteran populations and their families. Previously at Health Net, Inc. Shaffer was MHN’s Chief Medical Officer, responsible for setting the company’s clinical policies and guidelines and ensuring clinical excellence. Dr. Shaffer oversaw MHN’s quality improvement and disease management units, and was accountable for the coordination and quality assurance of clinical care.

In addition, Dr. Shaffer has overseen quality and outcomes monitoring for the Military & Family Life Consultant Program services and collaborated with his Health Net Federal Services colleagues to ensure optimal care and service delivery for TRICARE beneficiaries.

Prior to joining MHN in 2003, Dr. Shaffer served as executive vice president and chief medical officer of a national managed behavioral health organization, working closely with several Fortune 100 companies. He three times served as chairman of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) (formerly the American Managed Behavioral Healthcare Association – AMBHA), and he has also served on several federal government committees, including a three-year term on the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Mental Health Services arm of SAMHSA. He remains involved in national behavioral health policy issues, including parity and autism.

As the President of Behavioral Health Management Solutions, LLC Dr. Shaffer has provided consultation to a variety of start up and ongoing behavioral health programs that have been redesigning to meet the changing needs of health care delivery and reimbursement.

Dr. Shaffer, a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is a psychiatrist board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and has received fellowship training.

Glenn Liebman has been CEO of the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) since 2004. MHANYS is a member-driven organization with 30 affiliates in 52 counties throughout New York State, dedicated to educating the public about mental illness and mental health and advocating for positive transformation of the mental health system.
During Mr. Liebman’s tenure, MHANYS has been instrumental in the implementation of several important initiatives including mental health parity (Timothy’s Law), enhancement of Community Based Mental Health Services, Prison and Adult Home Reform, Medication Access, Veterans Mental Health Issue and many other public policy reforms. Currently, the agency has been very involved with insuring the voices of MHA affiliates in New York’s transition to managed care as well as advocating for mental health reforms in New York’s educational system.
Prior to joining MHANYS, Mr. Liebman served as Program Director of Adult Home Initiatives at the New York State Department of Health, Project Director at the New York State Office of Mental Health, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State (now NAMI-NYS), and as a Confidential Assistant in the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo. Mr. Liebman was also a freelance sports writer for several years.
Mr. Liebman serves as a member of the New York State Justice Center Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team on Social Determinants of Health and the New York State Health Disparities Medicaid Redesign Team. He was also co-chair of New York State’s Timothy’s Law and is on the board of several local not for profit agencies. He has received policy awards from several organizations and is the first recipient of the New York State Senate Thomas P. Morahan Annual Leadership Award in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Clarence Jordan heads up the Wellness and Recovery Department at ValueOptions, providing direction and leadership for that Organization’s national strategies on wellness and recovery and operationalizing the company’s deep commitment to the principles of person-centered care, empowerment, and peer specialty services and programs. As a member of the ValueOptions Senior Leadership Team, Clarence provides leadership and supervision to a multidisciplinary team devoted to advancing recovery and strengthening its service offerings to the millions of members and families that ValueOptions serves nation-wide and now internationally.

He is a former naval officer and his recovery journey is chronicled in a recent edition of Heart and Soul Magazine. In 2009, he conducted a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on the experience of military families of the Afghan / Iraq wars. He also provided testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in 2010 on the mental health needs of veterans and their families.

Clarence has deep roots in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  As the NAMI Tennessee State Office Director for Multicultural Outreach, he developed and wrote “The Guide to Mental Illness, What Every Family Needs to Know,” leading to the State Office’s receipt of the coveted National Multicultural Outreach Award.

Clarence is the recipient of multiple awards, including the SAMHSA 2010 Consumer Leadership Award and his recent recognition as a SAMHSA 2012 Voice Award Fellow. Most recently, Clarence was named the 2014 “Peer Specialist of the Year” by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Demi Lovato, Mental Health Advocate, The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour- Demi Lovato is a recording artist, songwriter, New York Times’ best-selling author, actress, and an inspiration across the globe.  Demi is passionate about raising awareness of issues that resonate personally with her, including mental health.  She draws from her personal experiences with bipolar depression, eating disorders, addiction and self-harm to encourage others to seek the support they need in order to live their lives to the fullest.

In 2013, she partnered with CAST Recovery to create The Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program in honor of her late father to help people struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues seek the right treatment and financially assist with the cost of the treatment.  In the same year, she was honored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for her work as a mentor to young adults dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. 

Demi has embarked on a new kind of tour this year—The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour. 

To support the mental health community’s vision of building a new generation of inspiring, informed mental health advocates, Demi is participating in a series of discussions with some of the nation’s leading advocates on the challenges currently facing the community. She is also candidly sharing her experience at advocacy events, encouraging and inspiring others with her own story of resilience and learning to live well with mental illness. The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour is supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Rhonda Robinson Beale, M.D., has more than 20 years of behavioral health and quality management experience and is an active member of the behavioral health community. She is on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and sits on National Quality Forum’s Measure Application Partnership (NQF MAP) committee for dual eligibles. NQF MAP is a private-public partnership created to provide input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs. She has also been a member of the board of directors for the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Neuroscience and Behavioral Health and Health Care Services Boards. In her past position as the chief medical officer of External Affairs for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a leading service organization of mental health and substance use solutions, Dr. Robinson Beale focused on the organization’s relationships with external organizations, legislation and public policy.

Dr. Robinson Beale received her medical degree from Wayne State University and her psychiatric training at Detroit Psychiatric Institute. She is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Carol McDaid is a co-founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc.  With nearly 25 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides her clients with legislative and public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, private sector reimbursement issues, and comparative effectiveness research.

A special focus of Capitol Decisions is national alcohol and drug treatment policy.  For over 15 years, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, and other prevention and consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing alcohol and other drug addictions.

Ms. McDaid led the Parity NOW Coalition behind passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.”  This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally. The Parity NOW Coalition became the model for successfully advocating for inclusion of addiction and mental health benefits in health-care reform legislation.  Over 300 addiction and mental health provider and consumer organizations, plus criminal justice, child welfare, and other groups, make up the coalition.

Because Ms. McDaid personally overcame addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery.  She also serves on the Betty Ford Institute Executive Council, and in 2007, she received the Johnson Institute’s America Honors Recovery Award.

A North Carolina native, Carol McDaid graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she majored in Political Science.  The focus of her graduate work was in legislative affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. William Thompson received a bachelor-of-science degree in zoology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 1994. Dr. Thompson has worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control since 1998 and is currently a senior scientist with the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. His research has focused on assessment of the long term impact of stress on health-related outcomes including studies examining the effects of childhood traumas and combat exposure on long term physical and mental health. 

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