Our 2015 Speakers

Program Chief, Primary Care Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health  |  Bethesda, MD

Susan T. Azrin, Ph.D., is Program Chief of the Primary Care Research Program within the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  This program supports research on the integration of mental health care into primary care and other non-specialty settings.

Dr. Azrin is also the Scientific Officer for the NIMH Mental Health Research Network and leads the NIMH initiative on improving health and reducing premature mortality in people with severe mental illnesses, for which she was presented the NIMH Award for Significant Achievement in 2013.

Senior Manager for Behavioral Health
Kaiser Permante Care Management Institute  |  Oakland, California

Andrew Bertagnolli, PhD is the Senior Manager for Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. He has worked for the Care Management Institute since 2006.  He has more than 20 years of health care experience and an exceptionally strong background in healthcare operations, consulting and process improvement in the areas of behavioral health and pain management.  Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1996, he received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Master and Doctorate degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California and completed his internship at University of New Mexico Consortium in Albuquerque. In his current role, Dr. Bertagnolli, brings together his passion for integrating behavioral health into primary care delivery systems through rapid cycle process improvement methods. In addition, Dr. Bertagnolli, is the staff psychologist at Spinecare Medical Group in Daly City, California and an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University and California Institute of Integral Studies. He has also been on the faculty of the Wright Institute, San Francisco State University, University of California-Berkeley Extension and University of California-San Francisco.  He also serves as an expert reviewer for the California Board of Psychology.

Senior Policy Adviser
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 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 commentator for National Public Radio. Dentzer served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs. She also previously led the NewsHour’s health policy unit, reporting extensively and offering analysis on-air.

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the IOM’s Board on Population Health. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute.  She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001-2004. She also serves on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School.

Dentzer is a member of the boards of directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization; the Health Data Consortium, which seeks to foster use of health data to improve health and health care; Research!America, which works to advance research to improve health; the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in evaluating and certifying physicians; and the Public Health Institute, which addresses public health issues and solutions. She is also on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, RAND Health’s Board of Advisors, and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.

Executive Director
Trust for America’s Health
Professor of Health Policy
Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University