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PLENARY PRESENTERS

Thursday, September 18th

OPENING PLENARY, The Mental Health Revolution in Public Health

David L. Shern, Ph.D.  |  Senior Public Health Advisor, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Senior Science Advisor, Mental Health America

With over 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services, research, and system reform, David L. Shern, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s leading mental health experts. Shern currently serves as Senior Public Health Advisor to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and is also the Senior Science Advisor for Mental Health America (MHA). He served as interim president and CEO of MHA from 2013 to 2014 and previously led the organization from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining MHA, Shern was dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, one of the largest research and training institutes in behavioral health services in the U.S.  He also founded and directed the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health – a National Institute of Mental Health-funded services research center. His work has spanned a variety of mental health services research topics including epidemiological studies of the need for community services; the effects of differing organizational, financing and service delivery strategies on continuity of care and client outcome, and the use of alternative service delivery strategies such as peer counseling and self help on the outcomes of care.  He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services and Research and the American Journal of Public Health.

LUNCH PLENARY / PANEL DISCUSSION, The Prevention Powers of Hope

Ric T. Munoz, JD, MSW  |  Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa

Ric T. Munoz joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Social Work and School of Community Medicine in 2010. He currently teaches multiple courses in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work with an emphasis on social justice, such as Direct Social Work Practice with Populations at Risk. He has served in legal and social work practice advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. He has also researched and published on issues relating to social justice, with current interests including health disparities and community based participatory research. Munoz completed both his J.D. and his M.S.W. at Washington University.

 

 

FRIDAY, September 19

MORNING PLENARY, Prediction and Early Intervention of Psychosis

Amy B. Goldstein, PhD | Associate Director for Prevention Research, National Institute of Mental Health 

Amy Goldstein, PhD, joined the National Institute of Mental Health in November 2006 and serves as Chief of the Child and Adolescent Preventive Intervention Research Program of the Division of Services and Intervention Research. In October 2013, she was named as the NIMH Associate Director for Prevention. In this congressionally mandated position, she collaborates with other NIMH Divisions, including the Division of Intramural

Research Programs, other NIH Institutes, other federal agencies, and external organizations to build and manage an NIMH-wide, integrated prevention research program. Dr. Goldstein also represents NIMH on interagency and interdepartmental policy and program development initiatives in prevention and is actively involved in NIMH research efforts pertaining to suicide prevention. Dr. Goldstein has received an NIMH Director’s Award for Significant Achievement (2009) “For outstanding service in seeking to fundamentally change the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia via the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode effort,”, and an NIH Director’s Award for Significant Achievement (2014), “In recognition of superior scientific leadership in promoting indicated prevention strategies that promise to fundamentally alter the trajectory of first episode schizophrenia.”

 

LUNCH PLENARY / PANEL DISCUSSION, Windows of Opportunity: A Prevention / Mitigation Continuum

Gerard Clancy, MD  |  President, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa  |  Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gerry Clancy joined the University of Oklahoma in 2001 as Dean of the OU College of Medicine in Tulsa, and Professor of Psychiatry. Five years later, he assumed the additional role of President of OU-Tulsa. Under his leadership, the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center campus has seen significant growth of both facilities and programs. In 2008, with a $50 million donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Clancy led a successful effort to transform medical education at OU-Tulsa. The OU College of Medicine’s Tulsa branch was renamed the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. The first of its kind in the nation, the school’s mission is to improve the health of all Oklahomans, particularly those in underserved rural and urban populations. In 2011, Clancy resigned as Dean of the medical school to devote his full energies to overseeing all Norman-based and OU Health Sciences programs at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center. A practicing psychiatrist, Clancy continues to teach students and medical residents. Born and reared in Iowa City, Iowa, Clancy attended the University of Iowa, earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and his medical degree. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Medical School Program in Health Care Policy and Management. Clancy served on active duty in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major and serving as a flight surgeon.

 

CLOSING PLENARY The Art and Science of Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving

Joan Borysenko, PhD | Author and President, Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC

Dr. Joan Borysenko is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. A licensed psychologist with a doctorate in cell biology from Harvard Medical School, she synthesizes cutting-edge science with a deep humanity. Dr. Borysenko is founder and president of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC in Boulder, CO and a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books. Her 16th book, The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life will be available in September 2014.

ALL CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Katie R. Allen, PhD, LPC, The University of Oklahoma, Norman

Dr. Katie Allen is a professor in the Department of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching duties primarily include teaching graduate-level courses with an emphasis on training students who seek to become licensed professional counselors. Prior to being hired by OU, Dr. Allen served as the clinical director of Cedar Ridge Psychiatric Hospital & Treatment Center. Dr. Allen is a licensed professional counselor with extensive counseling experience with children and adolescents. Her research interests include mental health issues of at-risk and gifted youth, ethical issues in counseling, anxiety and academic performance, and career counseling interventions and implications.

William B. Berman, PhD, Psychologist, LMFT, Christian Family Institute, Tulsa

Dr. William B. Berman is a licensed psychologist and licensed marital & family therapist, who has been in practice for over 35 years. Dr. Berman has taught psychology at the undergraduate level, marriage and family therapy courses at the master’s level, and taught behavioral and family medicine at the medical school and residency training levels. He has also presented workshops and seminars on ethics and risk management at state and national conferences. Dr. Berman is an AAMFT approved supervisor and provider of post graduate supervision to LMFT and psychologist licensure candidates. As past vice-chair of the LMFT Licensing Board, he authored the recent modifications to forensic rules 

G. Gail Bieber, LCSW, LIFE Senior Services, Tulsa

G. Gail Bieber currently serves as senior director of programs for LIFE Senior Services. She received a master’s in social work from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and has had her Oklahoma clinical license for 25 years, with a specialty in psychiatric social work and gerontology. Some of her past experience includes serving as clinical director of Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, vice president of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association in Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter, and program director for the Senior Care Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Claremore Regional Hospital.

Sara Bird, Oklahoma State University, Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma

Sara Bird is a current master’s of science in counseling student at Oklahoma State University , a case manager at Counseling and Recovery Services of Oklahoma, and has her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Oral Roberts University.

Hiawatha N. Bouldin, Jr., CPS, Eagle Ridge Institute, Oklahoma City

Hiawatha Bouldin is a certified prevention specialist with Eagle Ridge Institute. The past 15 years he has been involved with providing training to local youth services, businesses and creating community capacity to neighborhoods throughout metro Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County. He has served on executive boards and steering committees with the National PTA; Oklahoma PTA, Texas PTA; PTA of the United Kingdom; Texas Head Start and the Home Start of the United Kingdom.

Crystal Brill, MS, LPC, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc., Tulsa

Crystal Brill began her career at Domestic Violence Intervention Services/Call Rape in 2010 working with adult women survivors of domestic violence as a graduate intern. In 2011, after receiving her MS in community counseling from Oklahoma State University, she was hired on at DVIS/Call Rape as a children’s trauma therapist and quickly worked her way up to become the children’s trauma and counseling program manager in 2012. She has been trained in TFCBT, PCIT and CPP models, and continues to practice therapy with children who have a history of trauma and domestic violence, while also supervising a team of child therapists at DVIS/Call Rape.

Jennifer Buck, MSW, Family and Children’s Services of Oklahoma, Tulsa

Working amidst children in Head Start as a mental health specialist, Jennifer Buck sees firsthand the need for a parenting curriculum that works synergistically with teachers and parents. After earning her MSW from the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, Jennifer Buck began working intensively with low-income parents at Family and Children’s Services of Oklahoma, with a mission to end poverty in partnership with Community Action Project. She now works with school professionals and parents to support with issues related to behavior, mental health, and child abuse. Her experience also includes group facilitation focused on parental depression.

Deneka Cain, J.D., Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center, Oklahoma City

Deneka Cain is the executive director for the Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center and Urgent Recovery Center, operated by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). During her tenure at the ODMHSAS, Cain has acted as deputy counsel for the agency, drafted multiple legislative bills amending Oklahoma mental health law and authored the Children’s Emergency Detention Manual. In her latest role as director of the Crisis Center, Cain has overseen the relocation of a 16 crisis bed center to a new building, accreditation and certification of the facility from various entities, and the expansion of the state’s first Urgent Recovery Center.

Matthew Condley, Tulsa City County Health Department, Tulsa

Matthew Condley received his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University in international studies with an emphasis in human development. Utilizing his experience abroad and his previous work on prevention projects such as HIV/AIDS he took a position with the City/County Tulsa Health Department as a substance abuse prevention specialist. His areas of concentration on the current prevention efforts in Tulsa County involve prescription drug abuse and adult and youth binge drinking.

Ross Croessmann, MSW, LCSW, Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc., Montclair, NJ

Ross Croessmann has 13 years experience with the Mental Health Association of Essex County. Croessmann is a licensed clinical social worker and director of the Supportive Living Service program. Croessmann led New Jersey’s first “Aging-Out” care management program, which was designed to bridge the gap between juvenile and adult behavioral health services. He was appointed to the State of New Jersey Office of Adolescent Services Advisory Panel and is the Essex County chairperson for Residential Services. Croessmann is a certified post-traumatic stress management and psychological first aid counselor.

Robert N. Davison, M.A., LPC, Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc., Montclair, NJ

Robert N. Davison, executive director of Mental Health Association of Essex County, manages the overall operations of a comprehensive mental health agency that daily serves the needs of more than 1,000 individuals and their families. Davison was called upon to serve as chairman of New Jersey Governor Codey’s Task Force on Mental Health, which addressed key issues, such as housing, community-based services and insurance parity. He also served on Governor Corzine’s Human Services Policy and Advisory Counsel. In an advocacy effort, Davison posed as a homeless man and resided in a group home to expose the poor conditions individuals with SPMI were forced to endure.

Lanny R. Endicott, D.Min., LCSW, LMFT, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Lanny Endicott is director of the social work program at Oral Roberts University. Additionally, he’s a community activist working on various community boards and organizations to address community problems. At the Community Service Council, he serves on the board and co-chairs the Veterans Initiative, which has the goal of preparing the community to address the variety of needs facing returning soldiers.

Justin S. Feinstein, PhD, Laureate Insitute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

Dr. Justin Feinstein is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who recently joined the faculty at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). For the past 13 years, he has explored the neural underpinnings of fear and anxiety using both functional neuroimaging and detailed case studies of rare human patients with focal brain lesions. While at LIBR, Dr. Feinstein hopes to translate this research into a novel treatment that combines mindfulness with interoceptive exposure. He completed his bachelor’s degree and clinical internship at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Iowa and completed his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology.

Mark D. Fox, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa

Dr. Mark Fox is currently the associate dean for Community Health and Research Development at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He is an associate professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and the associate director of the Oklahoma Bioethics Center. His research and clinical work focus on the care of vulnerable and underserved populations. He is the medical director of the Heart Improvement Project, a cardiovascular risk reduction program for uninsured adults with increased cardiovascular risk. He also directs the Street Outreach Clinic, serving homeless youth ages 12-25, in collaboration with Youth Services of Tulsa.

Chief Juvenile Judge Doris L. Fransein, Tulsa County District Court, Tulsa

The Honorable Doris L. Fransein was appointed chief judge for the Juvenile Division for the Tulsa County District Court in 2005. She is an adjunct professor at University of Tulsa, College of Law, and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association, Trial Judges’ Association, and the Juvenile Justice Oversight and Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. She is the recipient of numerous awards and a frequent speaker/conference facilitator. She is a member of the Legislative Task Force to Study and Rewrite Title 10 Oklahoma Statutes; the Legislative Task Force for Foster Care Reform; and is chairperson of the Task Force for Juvenile Justice Reform.

Rolf B. Gainer, PhD, Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa

Rolf Gainer is the founder and chief executive officer of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (Canada), and serves as the chief executive officer at Brookhaven Hospital, as well as the vice president of Rehabilitation Institutes of America. Dr. Gainer has been involved in the design and operation of brain injury rehabilitation and treatment programs since 1978. He has a PhD in clinical psychology from Union University and a MEd in counseling psychology from Antioch University. He has published numerous articles on brain injury rehabilitation and mental health topics, and is involved in three outcome research projects related to social role return.

Eddie Garcia, BA, Family and Children’s Services of Oklahoma, Tulsa

Currently working as a bilingual supervisor in the Early Childhood Program at Family and Children’s Services of Oklahoma, Eddie Garcia leads a team of dedicated caseworkers embedded at two of the largest and diverse Head Start sites in Tulsa. He received his BA in English literature at Oral Roberts University; however, a desire to work with low-income families brought him to his current position, where he trains and facilitates a positive parenting curriculum for parents in the program.

Heather Geis M.D., Private Practice, Oklahoma City

Dr. Heather Geis has practiced psychiatry since finishing training in 1989 at OUHSC. She has practiced in a number of settings, including several inpatient units and the Air Force. Due to her passion for yoga, she became a certified yoga instructor in 2009, and now enjoys teaching yoga to her patients and the community at large.

Russell “Rusty” Gillette, LPC, LADC, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK

Rusty Gillette has worked in the addiction field for over 28 years. He has worked in Substance Abuse, Eating disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders and Co-Dependency treatment. He is currently in private practice, teaching in the Masters Level Substance Abuse Program at NSU and presenting workshops. Rusty received his Masters in Human Relations from Oklahoma University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LPC) and a supervisor for both the LADC & LPC. In 2009 he was awarded “The Dennis Auld Professional of the Year”for continuous and unselfish devotion to Oklahoma and National Drug and Alcohol Services for individuals, families and Communities.”

Tonya Hammer, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City

Dr. Tonya Hammer is an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Department. Dr. Hammer has her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and her master’s in psychology and counseling from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. She has taught at the university level for approximately six years. Her clinical experience includes working in the schools with Communities in Schools of San Antonio and contract therapy with Innovative Alternatives in Houston, Texas.

Mary Hardy, LPC, LADC, LIFE Senior Services, Tulsa

Mary Hardy currently serves as behavioral health consultant at LIFE Senior Services. She received a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern State University and Master of Arts in cultural anthropology from Ohio State University. She is a clinical supervisor for both LPC and LADC. She has 25 years combined experience in the addiction and mental health fields, serving clients across the lifespan. Her approach is strengths-based and cognitive-behavioral with a strong relapse prevention component. She is also a part of Life Connection Counseling Center.

 

Wiley D. Harwell, D.Min., LPC, NCGC-II, Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling, Norman

Wiley Harwell is the executive director of Oklahoma Association on Problem and Compulsive Gambling. Wiley is the advocate for problem gambling, leads the training program for certification as a problem gambler counselor, and is responsible for the Problem Gambling Helpline. Wiley is the Oklahoma Affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling, as is the vice president of the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa

Jennifer Hays-Grudo is a developmental psychologist by training, and is currently professor and department head of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University.  Prior to joining OSU in July, she was a George Kaiser Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children’s Project, a highly integrated set of interventions designed in collaboration with Harvard’s Center for the Developing Child to mitigate the effects of poverty for children enrolled in Tulsa Educare centers.  Her current research focuses on developing programs to improve executive function skills in parents and children living in poverty.

Michael F. Heppler, MEd, Stillwater

Michael Heppler is a nationally recognized speaker on healthy, successful strategies for improved health. The National Society of Black Engineers, Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars, and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program are among the list of organizations to which he has presented these strategies. Heppler has presented at many regional and national conferences. A few of his prior appearances are the National Society of Black Engineers Region V Conference, the University of Maryland McNair Scholars Research Conference, and Heartland McNair Scholars Research Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kelvin Hobbs, MHR,CPS, Eagle Ridge Institute, Oklahoma City

Kelvin Hobbs is the director of the Regional Prevention Coordinators at Eagle Ridge Institute. He holds a master’s degree in Human Relations and a bachelor’s of art from Southern Nazarene University. Hobbs has over 32 years experience in prevention and substance abuse fields. He is a certified prevention specialist and a certified trainer for prevention ethics and other prevention curriculum. He has worked with youth, families, communities from all backgrounds and cultures.

Robin Hudson, MS, LPC, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa

Robin Hudson is a clinician for Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She received her master’s in counseling from Oklahoma State University. Her current efforts center on providing resources and education to families and clinicians on suicidal warning signs.

Linda Johnston, Tulsa County Social Services, Tulsa

Linda Johnston serves at the discretion of the Tulsa County Board of County Commissioners as Tulsa County director of Social Services. Johnston provides administrative oversight for an indigent health care clinic, an at-cost pharmacy, a burial assistance program, a food assistance program and an emergency shelter for homeless families. Johnston chaired the task force that designed and implemented the Jail Diversion Strategy for the Non-Violent Mentally Ill that is now viewed as a national model.

Savannah Kalman, MS, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City

Savannah Kalman is the prevention program manager for suicide prevention at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She has her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and seven years direct service experience working with youth and families.

Dejon Knapp, MSW, Youth Services of Tulsa, Tulsa

DeJon Knapp is the Street Outreach coordinator at Youth Services of Tulsa, where she manages the Street Outreach team and drop-in center, The Station, to meet the basic needs of homeless youth in Tulsa. Knapp is program manager for the Youth Services and OU School of Community Medicine’s community health worker initiative, which employs participants of the Street Outreach program to be health advocates within their community. She leads weekly trauma-informed yoga classes at The Station, and is increasingly interested in experiential therapeutic interventions. Knapp received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Michael Kress, BS, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, Wichita, KS

Michael Kress serves as the senior director of Housing and Facilities for the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas (MHASCK) Residential Care, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas. Kress has extensive experience in the housing arena, specifically with the development of housing and community services for the most vulnerable populations. Currently, MHASCK Residential Care Inc. has developed and operates over 200 housing units, which include five HUD Section 811 Supported Housing projects for adults with disabilities, three HUD Section 202 Supported Housing Projects for seniors 62 and older, and one non-subsidized apartment complex.

Stacey Leakey, PhD, IMH-E® (IV), The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Tulsa

Dr. Stacey Leakey has worked in the fields of infant mental health and child abuse prevention and treatment for the past 12 years. She is a board member of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health (OK-AIMH), and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor by OK-AIMH. She is also endorsed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) as a trainer in child parent psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for children ages 0-6 and their families affected by trauma. She is currently an infant mental health community consultant providing training and reflective consultation on best practices in infant mental health for stakeholders in the child welfare system.

 

Catherine Leston MS, CPS/ICPS, LADC-under supervision, Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah

Catherine Leston holds a master’s in criminal justice and a master’s in counseling psychology from Northeastern State University. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Oklahoma and Director of the SANE/SART Grant for Cherokee Nation partnering with the Native Indian Women’s Resource Center and the local domestic violence shelter Help-In-Crisis. Her field of specialty is intimate partner violence and she facilitates all groups for anger management, depression and anxiety. Catherine started at the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service as its first Victim Witness Coordinator in 2005. She has presented on a variety of topics in the behavioral health, substance abuse, and prevention fields at the local, state and national level.

Raymond H. McCaffrey Jr, PhD, Comprehensive Psychological Services, Norman

Dr. Raymond McCaffrey earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1986. He served as a psychologist with the Child Guidance Clinics through the State Health Department until his retirement in 2005. He was a faculty member and supervisor for an APA-approved internship program from 1986 to 2005 (he continues as a faculty member for this program), served as a regional consultant for Head Start programs, and has maintained an active private practice since 1986. He has made multiple presentations regarding the impact of trauma on children, attachment disorders, neurodevelopmental evaluations, ADHD, and child abuse/neglect.

Valerie McGaha, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa

Dr. Valerie McGaha is an associate professor of applied health and educational psychology at Oklahoma State University. She received her doctorate in educational psychology from Texas Tech University. Her research interests center around suicidal prevention and intervention, multicultural counseling, psychosocial adolescent development, mental and addictive disorders, at-risk adolescents, post-partum depression, and court-mandated interventions.

 

Andrew Moore, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center,Oklahoma City

Andrew Moore is a practicing licensed professional counselor and has been involved in the mental health field across Oklahoma and Texas for 10 years. His professional career includes experiences in public, private, and government settings, as well experience as a university educator. He currently serves as the clinic administrator of the Infectious Diseases Institute at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a member of the Oklahoma HIV Planning Council and the Medical Advisory Committee for the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center.

Amanda Morris, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa

Dr. Amanda Sheffield Morris is the Bryan Close Professor of Early Childhood Development at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa campus. She is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, emotion regulation, resilience, and infant and early childhood mental health. She received her PhD from Temple University in psychology and was a post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University in developmental psychology. She is a certified trainer, and trainer of trainers for Active Parenting programs, an internationally utilized parenting curriculum, and the co-editor of the book: Authoritative Parenting: Nurturance and Discipline for Optimal Child Development published by APA Press.

Ricky T. Munoz, JD, MSW, University of Oklahoma School of Social Work, Tulsa

Ricky T. Munoz is a professor of social work at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. He has multiple publications and presentations in community engaged research for public health. His work focuses on health care access behaviors and interventions to increase clinic utilization.

Martin Peter Paulus, MD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa

Dr. Paulus studied Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz from 1979-1985. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) in 1986 to study the effects of calcium antagonists on animal models of mania at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). In 1993, Dr. Paulus left UCSD to resume his medical training and completed his internship at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Zucker Hillside Hospital on Long Island, NY. In 1994, he rejoined the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD as a psychiatric resident. Dr. Paulus completed his residency in psychiatry in 1997. At that time, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD as an Assistant Professor. He also became a staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System (VASDHS). Dr. Paulus is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and Director of Telemental Health at the VASDHS, which focuses on delivering evidence based psychotherapy to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In May 2014, Dr. Paulus joined the Laureate Institute For Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, OK, as the Scientific Director and President.

Melissa Pitts Johnson, MS, LPC, CPS/ICPS, LADC – under supervision, Cherokee Nation, Hulbert

Melissa Pitts Johnson is a prevention programs supervisor for Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Prevention Programs. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology. She is a licensed professional counselor, a certified prevention specialist in Oklahoma. She is currently the grant coordinator for Cherokee Nation’s Garrett Lee Smith suicide prevention grant. She is a certified QPR, ASIST, Lifelines and Mental Health First Aid instructor. Melissa has been working with children, adolescents and families within the tribal jurisdictional service area of the Cherokee Nation since 2005, counseling for both behavioral health and substance abuse needs.

Sarah Renfro, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City

Sarah Renfro is a licensed professional counselor who has provided mental health services in various settings throughout Oklahoma and Texas for the past eight years. Her professional experience spans across the field of mental health in various settings, such as private and community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, criminal justice, court services, and public school districts. She is currently a clinical therapist at the Infectious Diseases Institute at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Ana Saldivar-Schlosser, MS, R.Psych (p), LPC, NBCC, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Tulsa

Ana is an international private practitioner focusing on treating sexual behavior problems in children/adolescents, school psychology and juvenile delinquency. She has years of experience dealing with severely emotionally/behaviorally disturbed youth and their families, with a focus on treating criminally delinquent youth, including sexual perpetration. Saldivar-Schlosser is a Crisis prevention intervention trainer. She’s been a consultant to child welfare and schools, case manager, therapist/psychologist, wrap around facilitator in various settings, including emergency room, community mental health, alternative & inner city schools, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, and juvenile justice settings.

Jeff Seaman, MS, MD, Integrated Psychiatry, LLC, Edmond

Dr. Jeff Seaman is the only physician in Oklahoma with subspecialty certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry under the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He also maintains board-certification in adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine under the ABPN. Dr. Seaman began his career in psychiatry in 1995 in the USAF, and gives full credit to his prior mentors and professors for their selfless teaching and leadership-by-example. He feels particularly honored to be able to learn from and share in the healing of many diverse patients. Dr. Seaman had been an associate professor and psychiatric residency director until 2008, when he entered private practice.

W. Kyle Simmons, PhD, Laureate Insitute for Brain Research, Tulsa

Dr. Simmons completed his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda MD. Dr. Simmons’ research interests lie in understanding the neural systems supporting the conceptual representation of reward and interoception in humans. Currently, his lab has studies examining the neural systems underlying food taste and reward inferences in patients with major depressive disorder and eating disorders. In an associated area of research, his lab is examining the functional organization of the insula cortex, with particular attention to the insula’s role in interoceptive awareness in major depressive disorder and anorexia nervosa. The common goal of these projects is to elucidate how the body’s homeostatic state influences reward representation and reward-related decision-making, both normatively as well as in psychiatric illness.

Ruth Slocum, LCSW, Educare’s Tulsa Children’s Project, Tulsa

Ruth Slocum serves as supervisor of Mental Health Services for the Tulsa Educare centers and as mental health coordinator for the Tulsa Children’s Project (TCP). TCP is a collaborative effort with Tulsa Educare, OSU, George Kaiser Family Foundation and other partners, to develop a model for early childhood interventions that disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Ruth earned her master’s in social work from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. She has provided clinical services in a variety of settings and early childhood programs. She currently serves on the board of the Oklahoma Infant Mental Health Association.

Don Strong, LCPC, EdS, MS, ME, Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, Wichita, KS

In the past six years, Don Strong has been the director of the Mid Kansas Senior Outreach program, and was instrumental in working with Senior Reach to receive the designation by NREPP’s as an evidence-based best practice due to its successful replication of the Gatekeeper program. In addition, Strong has directed and facilitated an aggressive mental health education initiative for older adults, serving as a partner in the national outreach programs of Mental Health America’s Campaign for Mental Health and National Institute of Mental Health Constituency Outreach. Strong has been the past director of MHA’s Senior Companion program and is the director of the TRIAD Council.

William E. Tankersley, MD, The Children’s Recovery Center, Norman

Dr. William E. Tankersley obtained both his undergraduate and medical degrees and completed psychiatry residency training through the University of Oklahoma. He has obtained additional training in substance abuse, becoming a diplomat of The American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Tankersley currently works as medical director of The Children’s Recovery Center, specializing in the treatment of adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. He is a professor of psychiatry for the Griffin Memorial Psychiatry Residency program.

Melissa Thurman, LPC, Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Tulsa

Melissa Thurman is a licensed professional counselor. She has spent her career working in trauma informed models, with an emphasis on the particular needs of families with children from birth to age five. The Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health has endorsed her as an infant mental health specialist. She is a graduate of Northeastern State University, and has provided mental health services in home-based, HeadStart-based, and agency settings. At this time, she is involved in a learning collaborative for Child Parent Psychotherapy and, at end of the training, will be a nationally registered CPP clinician.

Paul Williams, MA, NCC, LPC, DBTC, NorthCare, Oklahoma City

Paul Williams is a licensed professional counselor and is the program manager for the Adult and Family Outpatient Services (AFOS) with NorthCare. Williams is a board-approved supervisor for candidates for professional counselor licensure. Williams has received intense clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and, he has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from Marsha Linehan Ph.D.’s Behavioral Tech, LLC and is a certified dialectical behavior therapy therapist.

Carisa Wilsie, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City

Carisa Wilsie is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Auburn University. She is trained in providing evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced child abuse and neglect, exhibit disruptive behavior problems, and/or display problematic sexual behavior. Dr. Wilsie is currently serving as the lead evaluator for the Oklahoma Trauma Assessment and Service Center Collaborative through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, funded by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families – Children’s Bureau.

Nisha Wilson, MS, LPC, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City

Nisha Wilson is the director of Specialty Courts for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The majority of her 10 years in behavioral health has been focused on serving justice-involved clients through drug courts, mental health courts, and other municipal and county diversion programs. Wilson has presented at state and national criminal justice/behavioral health venues, including the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference, on topics including risk need responsivity, utilizing data to enhance criminal justice programming, and criminogenic risk assessments. She is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Northeastern State University.


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