Check out the biggest thinkers, innovators, gurus and thought leaders at NatCon17.
“There were a staggering number of speakers and I appreciated the variety.”
Pete Earley is a storyteller who has penned 17 books including four New York Times bestsellers, including The Hot House and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.
His honest reporting and compelling writing helped him garner success as one of few authors with “the power to introduce new ideas and give them currency,” according to Washingtonian magazine.
When Pete’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage.
This new advocacy has taken him to 48 different states and multiple countries around the globe where he delivers speeches to rally against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill.
Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2013 and confirmed on December 15, 2014 as the 19th United States Surgeon General. As America’s Doctor, Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation.
Dr. Murthy has devoted himself to improving public health through the lens of service, clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. The son of immigrants from India, Dr. Murthy discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time in his father’s medical clinic in Miami, Florida. After attending Miami Palmetto Senior High School, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students. He regards caring for patients as the greatest privilege of his life.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Murthy has two decades of experience and perspective improving health in communities across the country and around the world. He co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States, which he led for eight years. As its president, he established ten chapters with hundreds of volunteers in both countries and grew the organization’s education programs to reach more than 45,000 youth. Dr. Murthy also co-founded the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India, to train women to be health providers and educators. During his five-year tenure with the organization, he established seed funding and helped expand research and direct care programs that reached tens of thousands of rural residents.
As a research scientist, Dr. Murthy has conducted laboratory research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. His research findings have been published in Science, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Murthy is also a healthcare entrepreneur and innovator. He co-founded and chaired a successful software technology company, TrialNetworks, which improves research collaboration and enhances the efficiency of clinical trials around the world. In seven years, Dr. Murthy and his team took the company from conception to an international enterprise that powers dozens of clinical trials for over 50,000 patients in more than 75 countries. Dr. Murthy has also served as the president of Doctors for America, a non-profit organization with more than 16,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states who work with patients and policymakers to build a high quality, affordable health system for all.
Seen by many as a proven leader who can use 21st century approaches and technology to modernize the role of Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy will focus his efforts on building cross-sector partnerships in communities to address the epidemics of obesity and tobacco-related disease, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, to improve vaccination rates, and to make prevention and health promotion the backbone of our communities. Dr. Murthy firmly believes that our nation’s greatest strength has always come from its people. Improving the health of our people means strengthening our communities and our country. That will be Dr. Murthy’s highest priority as Surgeon General.
Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her latest book, the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, uses her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction to explore how reframing addiction as a learning disorder can transform prevention, treatment and policy.
Her work speaks to people with addiction, their family members, policy makers, concerned community members, politicians, treatment providers, physicians, social service agencies affected by addiction, university communities, criminal justice officials and others who want to improve the way we prevent, treat and manage drug problems.
She spoke this year at Harvard Medical School’s widely respected annual conference, Treating the Addictions, keynoted the 2016 meeting of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, appeared on panels and as a speaker at multiple Drug Policy Alliance conferences and at the Harm Reduction Coalition conference. This year alone, she’s spoken to classes at Yale, Columbia and New York University and she will speak at M.I.T. and U.C.L.A in coming semesters. She moderated a panel on Ithaca’s forthcoming drug policy changes (including a safe injection facility), spoke to town leaders and concerned citizens in Blackburg, Virginia and to tech leaders in Boston at a “hackathon” to fight the opioid crisis sponsored by GE, Massachusetts General Hospital and the City of Boston.
She’s the author or co-author of six previous books, including the bestselling The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Basic, 2007), which is widely used in psychology and social work classes as an introduction to child trauma issues, and Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential — and Endangered (Morrow, 2010), both with leading child psychiatrist, trauma expert and past NatCon speaker Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD.
Her book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006) is the first history of widespread systemic abuse in “tough love” programs and rehabs and helped spur Congressional hearings, Government Accountability Office investigations and proposed legislation to regulate these groups. She also co-wrote the first evidence-based consumer guide to addiction treatment, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide, with Joe Volpicelli, MD, PhD. (Wiley, 2000).
Currently, she writes a twice-monthly column for VICE on drugs and addiction. From 2010 to 2013, she wrote daily for TIME.com and she continues to freelance there and for other publications, including the New York Times, Scientific American Mind, Nature, New York Magazine online, Pacific Standard, Matter, Nautilus and The Verge.
Szalavitz has won major awards from organizations like the American Psychological Association, the Drug Policy Alliance and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in recognition of her work in these areas. A book that she co-wrote as a ghost received the Pen / E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. She lives in New York with her husband and a Siamese shelter cat.
Expertise: Primary Care, Integration, Collaborative Care, IMPACT, Physical Health in SMI Populations
Dr. John Kern is chief medical officer and project director for a Cohort 2 SAMHSA Primary Care Behavioral Health Care Initiative Grant at Regional Mental Health Center. He also serves as medical director and chief medical officer at Southlake Center and Regional Mental Health Center, where he is responsible for all medical services and intensive psychiatric, addictions and emergency programs, as well as directing all programs integrating behavioral health and primary care. He initiated and supervises a Behavioral Health Consultant program providing mental health services to NorthShore Health Systems and continues to provide clients direct service two days a week. Dr. Kern received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed residency at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Medical School and is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kern has published widely and is a consultant to the National Council for Behavioral Health, Senior Medical Consultant for MTM Services, co-led the “Psychiatrist Summit” at the National Council’s annual conference in 2010 and 2011 and speaks regularly on integrated care issues and management of psychiatric services.
Dr. Tom Insel is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who joined Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google Life Sciences) in December, 2015. Prior to Verily, Dr. Insel was Director of the National Institute of Mental Health at the NIH from 2002 – 2015. At NIMH he brought the power of genomics and neuroscience to the study of serious mental illness, he launched the Research Domain Criteria project to transform diagnostics and he led an overhaul of the clinical trials program to focus on targets and mechanisms.
During his tenure at NIH, he also served as Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, co-Chair of the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint, and co-Chair of the NIH BRAIN Initiative. From 2011-2012 he also served as Interim Director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Prior to his NIH service, Dr. Insel was the founding Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University (1999-2002), Director of the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center (1994-1999), and professor in the Emory Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (1994-2002). His research interests have spanned clinical studies of obsessive compulsive disorder (1979-1985), neurobiological studies of the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in complex social behaviors (1983- 2002), and global mental health (2005 – 2015).
He received his BA and MD degrees from the Boston University Combined 6 Year Medical Program (1974) and completed his residency in psychiatry at UCSF (1979). Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous honors including an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh (2014).
Expertise: Integration/Reverse Integration, Psychiatric Leadership, Tribal and Correctional Mental Health, Telepsychiatry
Dr. Lori Raney is a psychiatrist and principal with Health Management Associates in Denver and an authority on the collaborative care model and bidirectional integration of primary care and behavioral health. Her work focuses on service design and training of multidisciplinary teams to implement evidence-based practices.
For 15 years, she served as the medical director of a community mental health center where she fostered development of a full range of evidence-based services, including a telepsychiatry program. She has worked for more than 15 years with tribal populations with the Indian Health Service in remote clinics in the Southwest and continues her clinical work with the Ute Mountain Ute tribe in Towaco, Colo. She also worked as a staff psychiatrist and Clinical Director for an ambulatory care center in rural Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.
Dr. Raney received her undergraduate degree in biology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her residency at Sheppard Pratt Hospital.
She participated in the design of a fully integrated healthcare facility that combined primary care and traditional behavioral health, which made it possible for her to rapidly address the physical health issues in patients with serious mental illness.
Anna Deavere Smith is perhaps best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie.
In addition to her work in television and film, Smith is said to have created a new form of theatre. Following her interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest, she creates theater works in which she plays many characters – as many as 52 in one production – representing multiple points of view. When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as “a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Her work has been celebrated simultaneously for its journalistic detail as well as its empathic treatment of the people she portrays. David Richard wrote in the New York Times that Anna Deavere Smith “is the ultimate impressionist. She does people’s souls.”
Ms. Smith is University Professor at New York University where she teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, dedicated to supporting artists whose works address social issues and engender civic engagement.
Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She has been the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, two Tony nominations, and two Obies. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Fires In the Mirror. Honorary degrees include those from Yale University, Juilliard, Barnard, the University of Pennsylvania, Radcliffe, Wesleyan, Williams College, Northwestern University as well as many others.
Shawn Achor is the New York Times best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards, and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Achor graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.
Achor has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. He has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Achor has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. Recently, Oprah Winfrey did a two hour interview with Achor on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 10 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.
Robin Koval is the CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco.
A leader in the world of advertising and marketing and a New York Times best-selling author, Koval joined the organization in 2013. She led a comprehensive planning, restructuring and rebranding effort to focus the organization’s world-class public education, research and activism programs to speak, seek and spread the truth about tobacco. Recognizing changes in the media landscape, the tobacco industry and the forces shaping youth behavior, Koval re-launched the award-winning and lifesaving truth® youth tobacco prevention campaign in 2014. The truth “Finish It” effort is the winner of numerous advertising, PR and marketing research awards, including four Effies recognizing it’s success enlisting Generation Z to use new channels of media and communications to spread their influence and become the generation that finishes the tobacco epidemic. More importantly, youth cigarette smoking rates are now at an all-time low of seven percent!
Koval has deep roots in advertising and marketing. A co-founder and CEO of the Kaplan Thaler Group, she grew that company from a fledgling start-up in 1997 to a billion-dollar agency responsible for creating memorable and cherished campaigns for clients including Procter & Gamble, Pfizer and Aflac. She led the agency through its integration with Publicis and was named CEO of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, which she led until joining Truth Initiative.
Koval has a long track record of developing pro-social campaigns and counseling cause-related clients and organizations, including the Girl Scouts’ award-winning campaign “Girls Go Tech,” to encourage girls to stay involved in math, science and technology. She encouraged parents to speak early to their children and young teens about the risks of underage drinking and supported initiatives for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Red Cross, among others.
Named one of Advertising Age’s “Most Influential Women in Advertising,” Koval has led multiple PR News Platinum Hall of Fame campaigns. She has been recognized by New York Women in Communications’ with their prestigious “Matrix Award,” and has received Women’s Venture Fund’s “Highest Leaf Award,” Women’s Leadership Exchange’s “Compass Award” and the Advertising Women of New York’s “Working Mothers of the Year Trailblazer Award.” Koval has also been named one of Self-Made Magazine’s “50 Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us.”
Koval is a best-selling author. She and Linda Kaplan Thaler are co-authors of The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness; The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference and Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World, and their most recent, Grit To Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary.
A sought-after expert on advertising, media, youth culture and tobacco control, Koval has appeared on network television programs, including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Nightline“ and NBC’s “Today.” Koval also regularly contributes commentary and insights for numerous print and online outlets and speaks to business, government and media audiences at conferences and colloquia around the world.
Koval earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from New York City’s Baruch College. She serves on the board of directors of Partnership With Children, a nonprofit organization that delivers social and emotional learning support to troubled and underserved children in the New York City school system. She has also served as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.
Dr. Sidney Hankerson is an adult psychiatrist who works at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His work focuses on increasing access to mental health treatment for African Americans. During his psychiatric residency, he mainly worked at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Grady is a large, community hospital that serves patients who have no insurance and in that respect, it is very similar to Harlem Hospital in Manhattan.
While at Grady, he was heartbroken by the many barriers that prevented African Americans from seeking mental health treatment. These barriers included ideas of shame about mental illness, lack of education about different treatments, and mistrust of medical providers. Dr. Hankerson is now using African American churches and mosques as places to promote education, screening, and, ultimately, to provide depression treatment. He hopes to build bridges between mental health professionals, faith-based organizations, and other community-based organizations.
Dr. Wrenn is an associate professor, psychiatrist, and health policy/mental health services researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine where she directs the Division of Behavioral Health in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI)) and serves as Director of the Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research.
Although much of her research focuses on systems of care improvements related to the culturally-centered integration of behavioral health and primary care, Dr. Wrenn’s passion and overall research aim is to help create environments where individuals adversely impacted by trauma will face a path forward that makes it easier for them to recover and build a good life. As there are many paths to the trans-theoretical construct of resilience, Dr. Wrenn’s work has examined diverse health conditions and approaches to fostering individual and community resource development and recovery.
Dr. Wrenn has helped to advance integration in several large health systems and individual practices of all sizes. She is a community engaged researcher, with frequent knowledge exchanges in the community through speaking and events; and also serves as an advisor for several local, regional, and national health-related organizations.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (November, 2013). Winner of the Carnegie Medal, The Bully Pulpit is a dynamic history of the first decade of the Progressive era, that tumultuous time when the nation was coming unseamed and reform was in the air. Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film and television rights to the book.
Spielberg and Goodwin previously worked together on Lincoln, based in part on Goodwin’s award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, an epic tome that illuminates Lincoln’s political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Team of Rivals was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and Goodwin in 2016 was the first historian to receive the Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
The film Lincoln grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award® nominations, including an Academy Award for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln.
Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of the best sellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries.
Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently on television networks NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, as well as The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Other appearances have included The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and many more. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel’s documentaries on Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, the Kennedy family, and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. She most recently served as a consultant on HBO Films’ All the Way starring Bryan Cranston as President Johnson. Goodwin is currently working on her next project on leadership – a look at how Lincoln, FDR, LBJ and Teddy Roosevelt became leaders and how they led, coming out in the spring of 2017.
It was Goodwin’s experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson as an assistant in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs, that fueled her interest in becoming a presidential historian and author.
Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency.
Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, and recently the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award.
Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright Richard N. Goodwin. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.
Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but the hard luck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics. The focus and regimented practice of classical music, however, would be a source of strength to her inner core as she navigated the highs and lows of the music business.
In 1961, she released her masterful debut, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, which featured interpretative works of social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton. This began a wonderfully fertile thirty-five year creative relationship with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. Around this time Judy became a tastemaker within the thriving Greenwich Village folk community, and brought other singer-songwriters to a wider audience, including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule.
On September 18, 2015, Judy will release her first studio album in four years, Strangers Again. She invited a cast of icons and young talents to sing with her on this fresh collection, from Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Jeff Bridges to Glen Hansard, Ari Hest and Bhi Bhiman. Judy delicately soars over a revitalized “Send In The Clowns” and breathes new life into “Hallelujah.” She puts her indelible touch on songs by Leonard Bernstein, Randy Newman, James Taylor and more.
In 2012 she released the CD/DVD Judy Collins Live At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art which aired on PBS. This special television program was nominated for a New York Emmy and won a Bronze Medal at the 2013 New York Festival International Television & Film Awards. Based on it’s success, in 2014 she filmed another spectacular show in Ireland at Dromoland Castle. Live In Ireland was released in 2014. This program also won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 New York Festival International Television & Film Awards and the program will broadcast on PBS in 2014 and 2015.
Judy has also authored several books, including the powerful and inspiring, Sanity & Grace. For her most recent title, the memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, she reaches deeply inside and, with unflinching candor, recalls her turbulent childhood, extraordinary rise to fame, her romance with Stephen Stills, her epic victories over depression and alcoholism, and her redemption through embracing a healthy and stable lifestyle and finding true love with Louis Nelson, her partner of 30 years. In addition, she remains a social activist, representing UNICEF and numerous other causes. She is the director (along with Jill Godmillow) of an Academy Award-nominated film about Antonia Brico – PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world–and Judy’s classical piano teacher when she was young.
Judy Collins, now 76, is as creatively vigorous as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in- demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.
Patrick Conway is the deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS chief medical officer. He leads the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. CCSQ is responsible for all quality measures for CMS, value-based purchasing programs, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of Medicare and Medicaid health care providers across the nation and all Medicare coverage decisions for treatments and services. The center’s budget exceeds $2 billion annually and is a major force for quality and transformation across Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the U.S. health care system. The CMS Innovation Center is responsible for testing numerous new payment and service delivery models across the nation. Models include accountable care organizations, bundled payments, primary care medical homes, state innovation models and many more. Successful models can be scaled nationally. The CMS Innovation Center budget is $10 billion over 10 years.
Previously, he was director of Hospital Medicine and an Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He was also assistance vice president for outcomes performance, responsible for leading measurement, including the electronic health record measures, and facilitating improvement of health outcomes across the health care system. Other relevant experience includes previous work as the chief Medical officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. In 2007-08, he was a White House fellow assigned to the Office of Secretary in HHS and the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He also served as executive director of the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research coordinating the investment of the $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research in the Recovery Act. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed a Master’s of Science focused on health services research and clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, serving senior management of mainly health care clients on strategy projects.
He has published articles in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and Pediatrics and has given national presentations on topics, including health care policy, quality of care, comparative effectiveness, hospitalist systems and quality improvement. He is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and was selected as a Master of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has received the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. This is the Secretary’s highest distinction for excellence. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital Boston, graduated with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University.
Kimberly A. Johnson began her tenure as director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, in February 2016. Previously, Johnson was the deputy director for operations of CHESS/NIATx, a research center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison that focuses on systems improvement in behavioral health and the development of mobile applications for patient self-management. Johnson was also co-director of the national coordinating office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
Prior to her move to Wisconsin, Johnson served for seven years as the director of the Office of Substance Abuse in Maine. Previous to that, she served as executive director of Crossroads for Women, a women’s addiction treatment agency. She also managed community-based intervention and prevention programs and provided counseling for individuals and families as a child and family therapist.
Dr. Johnson’s contributions to the behavioral health field have earned her numerous awards – including the Federal DHHS Commissioner’s Award for Child Welfare Efforts and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ Recognition for Service to the field of Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Johnson is a highly-regarded thought leader, who has authored a variety of publications on topics important to the addiction and recovery field, including e-health solutions for people with alcohol problems, using mobile phone technology to provide recovery support for women offenders, and new practices to increase access to and retention in addiction treatment. She is co-author of a book on the NIATx Model. Dr. Johnson has a master’s degree in counselor education, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in population health.
Dr. David Satcher was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998 as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, serving simultaneously as Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To reflect his dual offices, he held the rare rank of full Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Corps.
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. He issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on mental health asserting 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 have triggered nationwide efforts of prevention, heightened awareness, and generated major public health initiatives.
In 2006, Dr. Satcher established the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine as a natural extension of his experience in improving public health policy for all Americans and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for minorities and other disadvantaged groups.
In addition to his governmental and academic credentials, Dr. Satcher served as a fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation and as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is the recipient of over 40 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and Ebony magazine.
Arthur C. Evans Jr, Ph.D. is the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services (DBHIDS), a $1 billion healthcare agency. In this capacity, he is leading a major initiative to transform how behavioral health care and intellectual disability services are delivered in the city. Since Dr. Evans’ appointment in November 2004, Philadelphia has begun a transformation of its system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resilience for children and self-determination for all people with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Evans is a clinical and community psychologist. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has also held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University. Dr. Evans has extensive experience in transforming systems of care while serving in several national leadership roles.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Dr. Evans was the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS). In this capacity, he led several major strategic initiatives for the Connecticut behavioral healthcare system. He was instrumental in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing health care disparities and increasing the use of evidence-based practices.
Dr. Evans has served or is currently serving in several national leadership roles that include: Chair of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Partners for Recovery Initiative Steering Committee, Co-Chair of National Action Group on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, and Member of the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson’s Path To Recovery Project; President of the Board of Directors of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies Inc. (NEIAS).
Dr. Evans is highly committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services.
Dan invented the multiday charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and have raised in excess of $1.5 billion more for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others.
Dan’s iconic TED 2013 Talk has been viewed more than 3.8 million times. It is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. It generated tremendous conversation, and is one of the twenty most-commented TED Talks of all time. It is one of the featured talks in the book, “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking,” by Chris Anderson, Head of TED.
Dan is the author of “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that the book, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector ’s new manifesto.” His newest book is, “Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World.” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has described it as “An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.”
Dan is a featured regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review online.
Dan is the Chief Humanity officer for Advertising for Humanity, a bold agency of ideas committed to strengthening the fundraising power of some of America’s most innovative humanitarian organizations.
Dan is a recipient of the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award, the Triangle Humanitarian of the Year award, the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award, and the Seven Fund’s Morality of Profit Essay Prize.
He has been written about in feature and cover stories in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, American Public Media’s Marketplace, the TED Radio Hour, the BBC’s Business Matters and on numerous NPR stations, among others.
Dan lives in Massachusetts with his husband and their three children.
Congressman Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment.
Now, Congressman Kennedy is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, a newly formed national coalition that is seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain that afflict one in every three Americans. One Mind for Research is dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders in the next decade. This historic grassroots endeavor unites efforts of scientists, research universities, government agencies, industry, and advocacy organizations across the country. Congressman Kennedy is bringing everyone together to map out a blueprint for the first plan of basic neuroscience that will become the roadmap leading to the off-ramps to cures for of all neurological disorders that affect 1 in 3 Americans.
Congressman Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act.
Congressman Kennedy is a winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and Bipolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, and the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award. He is also founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and the 21st Century Healthcare Caucus.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care economics, Reinhardt is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978. He is a past president of the Association of Health Services Research. From 1986 to 1995 he served as a commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Committee, established in 1986 by Congress to advise it on issues related to the payment of physicians. He is a senior associate of the Judge Institute for Management of Cambridge University, UK, and a trustee of Duke University, and the Duke University Health System. Reinhardt is or was a member of numerous editorial boards, among them the Journal of Health Economics, the Milbank Memorial Quarterly, Health Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Ph.D. Yale University.
As Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Enomoto provides executive direction and policy leadership for an agency with more than 600 employees and a fiscal year budget of about $3.5 billion.
Kana Enomoto was appointed in August 2011 as the Principal Deputy Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity, Ms. Enomoto serves as the principal advisor to the Administrator on policies and programmatic activities for an agency with more than 600 employees and a fiscal year budget of approximately $3.5 billion.
Ms. Enomoto brings 23 years of experience in the behavioral health field, 15 of which have been in federal service at SAMHSA. Prior to her appointment as Principal Deputy Administrator, Ms. Enomoto served as the Director of the newly established Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, where she developed, coordinated, and communicated SAMHSA policies across the full spectrum of mental health and substance abuse policy issues.
Ms. Enomoto previously served as the Principal Senior Advisor to three SAMHSA Administrators between 2005 and 2009, and as the Acting Deputy Administrator between 2008 and 2009. She began her tenure at SAMHSA in 1998 as a Presidential Management Fellow and special assistant to the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services. She began her career in research and clinical services in academia.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Enomoto was the chief editor of SAMHSA’s Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Activities 2011-2014 which provides the framework to position SAMHSA as a public health agency in an era of health services integration, parity, and health reform. She also led an agency-wide human capital initiative, championing an employee led PeopleFirst team to encourage vertical and horizontal communication and collaboration and to create an environment that promotes a learning organization across a multi-generational, diverse and engaged workforce.
Ms. Enomoto received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a 2011 graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Program. She has received awards in recognition of her work, including the Arthur S. Flemming Award, Managerial or Legal Achievement category, and the American College of Mental Health Administration (ACMHA) King Davis Award for Emerging Leadership in Promoting Diversity and Reducing Disparities.
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. He is widely recognized as an innovator in the field, a strong advocate for child mental health, and a master clinician. He has been repeatedly recognized in America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.” He is also the founding president of the Child Mind Institute.
Dr. Koplewicz was Director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) from 2006-2011, the third person and the first child and adolescent psychiatrist to hold that position since the institution’s founding in 1952. At NKI he expanded the research portfolio to include Child and Adolescent research, established the Emotional Brain Institute, recruited new investigators, improved transparency and efficiency, and launched a capital program to enhance the Institute’s ability to garner federal funding. During Dr. Koplewicz’s tenure, the annual average federal research funding was $16.6 million, compared to an annual average of $10.6 million for the previous 10 years.
Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and served as its director for 12 years. He was the first Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2006, the NYU Child Study Center was established as the second independent department of child and adolescent psychiatry in the country, and Dr. Koplewicz was appointed as its first chair. Under his leadership, the NYU Child Study Center made tremendous contributions to the field through expert clinical care, a robust research portfolio, and advocacy for child mental health.
A graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Koplewicz completed his psychiatric residency at New York Hospital Westchester Division, a fellowship in child psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an NIMH research fellowship in child psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Executive Program in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Koplewicz has served as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and as a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Youth, Crime and Violence and Reform of the Juvenile Justice System. Since 1997, he has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He has also served as a member of the working group organized by the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the effects of terrorism on children’s mental health.
An internationally respected psychiatrist, Dr. Koplewicz is the recipient of many awards, including the 1997 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill; the 1998 Reiger Service Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in recognition of his work in the development of school-based mental health programs; the 1999 Humanitarian Award from Marymount Manhattan College; the 2000 American Grand Hope Award from the Aprica Childcare Institute; the 2002 Catcher in the Rye Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and the 2009 American Psychiatric Association McGavin Award for lifetime contributions to child psychiatry.
He has been at the forefront of public education to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding children and adolescents living with psychiatric disorders. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS News, Oprah, CNN, and Anderson Cooper, and he is quoted regularly in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including the textbook Depression in Children and Adolescents; It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and their Parents, which received the Parent’s Choice Award and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery & Hope; and his most recent work on adolescent depression, More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.