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Sigurd Ackerman, MD, is a psychiatrist who is currently President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Ct., and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University. His career includes academic, NIMH-funded laboratory research and a clinical practice working with patients who have severe mental illness. Previously he was President and CEO at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

Robin Andersen teaches at Fordham University where she directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program. Since earning a Ph.D. at the University of California (Irvine) she has been writing about the media, war and conflict. Conflict is also the subject of many of her 40 articles and chapters and of her most recent book A Century of Media: A Century of War (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006).

Erica Fross is a clinician who has nine years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children in private and public sectors. At Westchester Jewish Community Service she has been treating seriously emotionally disturbed youth in school-based programs, as well as individuals who are victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

In her role as associate dean at the Columbia School of Journalism, Arlene Morgan oversees the administration of the school's many prestigious prizes and professional development workshops. In addition, she directs the annual "Let's Do It Better!" Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity. She is the co-editor of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity," a compilation text book, DVD, and website from award-winning stories from her program.

John T. Racanelli is Retired Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco, which he served from 1977 to 1991. Prior to that he served as a trial judge on California 's Superior Court of Santa Clara County where he was called upon to rule on involuntary commitment petitions based on allegations of mental illness. Since relocating to New York, he has been working on matters pertaining to arbitration and mediation.

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Executive Editor Phyllis Vine has been teaching and writing about mental illness since her first book, Families in Pain (Pantheon, 1982), discussed coping with the needs of a mentally ill relative. As a result she became a founding member of NAMI-NYS and since has been active as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Her writings about mental illness have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the Mailman School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan. She is an Associate of Gould Farm, Monterey, Mass.

Staff Writer Angela Wilson is a reporter who has covered business, health, education, and government for Corporate Finance, Black Enterprise, Willamette Week, and other publications. She is the winner of several Society of Professional Journalists awards. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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