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Speakers 2016

The NAMI Indiana 2016 State Conference brought together experts in science and lived experience. View available slides by clicking on the speakers' topic. We hope you can join us for our next conference.

Anil Malhotra, MD
Director of Psychiatry Research, Zucker Hillside Hospital
Morning Keynote

Dr. Malhotra is the Director of Psychiatry Research at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Psychiatry, and Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY, and an Investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY.  Dr. Malhotra completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 1985 and received his M.D. from Wake Forest University in 1989.  After residency training in psychiatry at Georgetown University, he completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he initiated a research program in pharmacogenetics. Following his tenure at NIMH, Dr. Malhotra moved to the Zucker Hillside Hospital and developed an internationally recognized molecular genetics program focused on the major neuropsychiatric disorders.

Rachel Star Withers
Lived Experience Advocate
Afternoon Keynote

StuntGirl Entertainer, Rachel Star Withers, has been featured on numerous TV Shows around the world (America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, MTV's Ridiculousness, TruTV's World's Dumbest). She also runs a video channel featuring videos of her crazy stunts and documenting her life with schizophrenia and learning to deal with it. 

David Rollock, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University
Follow the link to view this presentation: Broad challenges of culture, ethnicity, and mental health

David Rollock, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Rollock served for eight years as Director of Clinical Training for Purdue’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and Director of the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics. An affiliated faculty member of Purdue’s African American Studies and Research Center, he served briefly as that Program’s Acting Director as well.

Dr. Rollock earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University, and his masters and doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology from Yale University. His empirical research and applied interests center on adjustment among American ethnic and cultural minorities. His scholarly publications report on original investigations of emotional responses of African American children and emerging adults to interethnic social and police-related contact, psychological dimensions of cultural transition among people of Latino and Asian origins, and mental health helpseeking by diverse ethnocultural groups.

Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA
Coordinator, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital

Birdie is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling. She is a Past President and Past Chair of Education and Training for Postpartum Support International. She currently serves on PSI’s President’s Advisory Council (PAC) and ICEA’s (International Childbirth Education Association) PAC. She is also the Certification Director for PSI. Birdie is a Perinatal Mood Disorders International Trainer and speaks frequently to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, and conferences. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in PSI’s DVD that is shown around the world: “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”.

Carole Wills
Chair, NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group
Topic: Bridging the Gap Between Faith & Science

Carole Wills is Chair of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group, an educational outreach of the National Alliance on Mental Illness dedicated to promoting the role of spirituality in recovery and equipping NAMI members, clergy and people of all faiths to create caring, supportive congregations for people impacted by serious mental illnesses. She also promotes and offers NAMI FaithNet trainings and activities throughout Indiana. From 2000 to 2010, she founded and chaired Faith Communities Education Project (FaithCEP), NAMI Indianapolis'  interfaith mental health education outreach to clergy and faith communities. She served as Board President of NAMI Indianapolis from 2006-2009.  Wills is a mental health ministry resource consultant for faith-based organizations and NAMI affiliates. 

Graham Brinklow 
Manager of Trainings - Indiana Youth Group (IYG)

Graham Brinklow started with Indiana Youth Group (IYG) in 2008. Now as IYG’s Manager of trainings, he facilitates a variety of workshops, discussions, and Q & A sessions on supporting and working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning community.  Graham works with any age group, from preschoolers to doctoral candidates, and presents for classrooms, current and future educators, medical and mental health providers, religious congregations, businesses, community organizations, and departments of government.

Genoa Telepsychiatry
Topic: Telepsychiatry

Genoa Telepsychiatry is the nation's leading telepsychiatry network operator, whose psychiatry team has treated over 40,000 patients in over 80 clinics across more than 20 states. Founded in 2011, Genoa Telepsychiatry has been building networks across the country to improve access to mental health treatment in settings where patients need it the most. Telepsychiatry services can be provided in inpatient, outpatient, residential and emergency room settings, with a focus on reimbursement to sustain program growth.

Mike Francis, MD
Research Medical Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Principal Investigator
Follow the link to view this presentation: Ask the Expert: Early Intervention in Psychotic Disorders        

Dr. Mike Francis enjoys working with patients and families in a clinical setting and studying the pathophysiology leading to the various symptom domains that occur in psychotic illnesses. He currently serves individuals with chronic mental illness as an attending physician at PARC and at Midtown Community Mental Health James Wright Center. He enjoys teaching residents in the clinics and as part of their didactic curriculum. His research focuses on cognitive impairments in psychosis and the use of neuroimaging in that pursuit. 

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