MIWatch 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 and her writings about mental illness from the family's point of view 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.
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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. She is a board member of the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and on the advisory board of MIWatch.
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Sarah A. H. Ho, M.A., lives in Hawaii (the Big Island) where, as a leader in the recovery movement, she teaches classes, leads support groups, and works with other consumers of mental health services. For many years she taught high school science in California, where she received an an MA Ed. from Stanford University. In 2002 she was asked to participate in the creation of the state's jail diversion program. She is a co-author of Hawai'i County Post-Booking Jail Diversion Project, and author of "Assisting in the Training of Police Officers in the Handling of Persons with Mental Health Issues."
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Janet Susin is President of NAMI Queens/Nassau and is the Project Director and lead author for Breaking the Silence. She also serves on the board of NAMI-NYS. For her work educating young people about mental illness, she received the Outstanding Member of the Year Award from NAMI in 2006. In 2004 she retired after teaching drama at Manhasset Middle School for twenty-four years.
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Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is the Deputy Director of Research for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Capitol Health Care Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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Anthony Ng, MD, is the director of Mannanin Healthcare, LLC, an emergency medical management consulting firm. He is on the faculty at the Uniformed Services School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine and is the past chair of the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. He has participated in disaster responses to the September 11th World Trade Center attacks, the anthrax attacks, aviation disasters, and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. He has written extensively in the area of disaster psychiatry.
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Julian D. Ford, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He has developed TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guidelines for Education and Therapy) for youth and adults with co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, and is conducting research studies on this model with funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Department of Justice, and Connecticut state agencies.
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Julie Donohue received her Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Policy Research at Harvard Medical School. At the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, she has an appointment in the Department of Health Policy & Management and the Department of Psychiatry.
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Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio was elected to the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court in 1997 and to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division in 2002. She is a graduate of The University of Akron with a B.S. in Education Summa Cum Laude. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in 1982.
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Ralph Ibson is Vice President for Government Affairs at Mental Health America (MHA) where he heads up federal relations’ activity in support of MHA programs and mission, including advocacy in Congress and Executive Branch departments. In that capacity, he helped found the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, a national campaign dedicated to realizing the goals of the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Prior to joining MHA in 2000, Ralph served for ten years on the staff of the Committee on Veterans Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. His work on behalf of veterans with mental illness has earned him honors including a Career Service Award from the American Psychiatric Association, a Legislative Award from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Veterans’ Homes.
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Rebecca Woolis, MA, is a licensed therapist with three decades experience working with families, clients, in private practice and public agencies. She is the author of When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends and Caregivers (Penguin), translated into three languages. She has participated numerous professional and training programs and is currently a consultant to Alameda County’s Family Education and Resource Center.
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David Oaks is Executive Director of MindFreedom International, a human rights advocacy organization supporting self-determination and choice for mental health consumers.
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Laura Hercher is on the faculty of the Joan H. Marks Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches and writes about the legal, ethical and social implications of clinical genetics practice with a focus on issues surrounding the integrations into practice of predictive testing for complex heritable diseases such as schizophrenia. Her latest article, a consideration of direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests over the internet, was published in Scientific American in December 2007.
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Jack Carney Ph.D., is the senior director to FEGS Citywide & Brooklyn Blended Case Management Programs, in New York.
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Marvin Swartz, MD, is the Director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives and Professor and Head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.
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Sol Wachtler served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1968-1972) and Judge of New York's highest court, The New York Court Of Appeals (1973-1992). In 1985 he was appointed Chief Judge of that court and Chief Judge of the State of New York. He chaired the "Law and the Holocaust" Conference in Berlin, Germany, in 2002 and is currently an adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at Touro Law School. He is the author of After the Madness (Random House) and co-author of Blood Brothers (New Millennium).
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Judith A. Cook, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of Illinois at Chicago National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability.
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Katia R. Avilés-Vázquez is a Doctoral Candidate at The University of Texas in Austin, with an interest in agriculture in the Caribbean, and the rights of migrants. Since her own recovery, she has been increasingly interested in the understanding and acceptance of mental illness, particularly within academia.
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Sue E. Estroff, Ph.D., teaches in the medical school and in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is a professor. She often consults about issues related to mental illness to state and local mental health systems and organizations, and in the past has done so for the Carter Center Mental Health Stigma Program, the Hogg Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, and the North Carolina Commensense Foundation. She is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles.
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Paul Pines is the author of the novel The Tin Angel (Wm. Morrow) and a memoir My Brother's Madness (Curbstone Press). He has published six books of poetry, selections from which have been set by composer Daniel Asia, and recently finished an opera libretto based on The Tin Angel. Pines is a psychotherapist in private practice in Glens Falls, NY.
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Jean Arnold is Co-founder and Chair, National Stigma Clearinghouse
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Alison Bateman-House, MA, MPH, is a student in the joint socio-medical sciences/history doctoral program at Columbia University in New York City, where she works at the interface of bioethics and the history of medicine and public health.
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L. DiAnne Bradford, Ph.D., is the Director, Minority Mental Health Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, Morehouse School of Medicine. She has written extensively about mental health in African Americans. Her current research includes determining the genetic etiology and cognitive deficits in African Americans with schizophrenia, and depression in African Americans.
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Michael B. Friedman, LMSW, is the Director of the Center for Policy and Advocacy of The Mental Health Associations of NYC and of Westchester. He is also the founder and Chairperson of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York.
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Hunter L. McQuistion, M.D., is Director of Integrated Psychiatric Services at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. Previously he was Chief Medical Officer for Mental Hygiene Services at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. A national expert on underserved populations, he is the author of dozens of publications and his most recent book, Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Mentally Ill Homeless Person, explores the intersection of mental illness, homeless families, and services that make a difference to their lives. He is the recipient of NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.
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Tom Malamud retired from Fountain House, in New York City, in 2006 after spending 42 years creating and directing programs to assist people with mental illness live independently in the community. He now directs Special Projects at New York’s Center for Reintegration where he expands outreach, program development, and assesses service needs.
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Jennifer J. Parish is the Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. She has worked as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society of New York and as a visiting associate clinical professor teaching the Criminal Law Clinic at Cardozo Law School. Currently she advocates for discharge planning for people with psychiatric disabilities released from jails and prisons, elimination of the practice of placing people with mental illness in solitary confinement in correctional facilities, and the creation of more alternatives to incarceration for people with psychiatric disabilities involved in the criminal justice system.
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Otto Wahl, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books on the topic of discrimination and stigma experienced by people living with mental illnesses, Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness and Telling Is Risky Business: Mental Health Consumers Confront Stigma. In addition, Dr. Wahl maintains a website describing his work and providing a resource guide for combating discrimination and stigma.
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Charles Soulé, Ph.D., is a child and family psychologist and directs school-based mental health programs that serve children and families in fourteen public schools in northern Manhattan. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
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Dr. Anna Scheyett is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to research about psychiatric advance directives, she is engaged in research about serious mental illnesses, consumer rights and criminal justice.
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Will Hall is the co-founder of Freedom Center and a member of The Icarus Project collective. He is a counselor in private practice and has served as a consultant internationally. He can be contacted at www.wiltonhall.net.
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Darby Penney is the author, with Peter Stastny, of The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic (Bellevue Literary Press, 2008). A traveling exhibit based on the book received a national tour The Suitcase Exhibit. Penney was formerly the Director of Recipient Affairs at the New York State Office of Mental Health, and is currently a Senior Research Associate at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
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In addition to his other duties, in March 2002, Judge Matthew J. D'Emic was selected to open and preside over the first Mental Health Court in New York State, the Brooklyn Mental Health Court. He has received a number of awards for his work on behalf of diversion courts (including the Brooklyn Domestic Violence Court, a specialized felony domestic violence part) and co-chairs the co-chair of the diversion committee of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association. An interview with Judge D'Emic is on-line at the Center for Court Innovation.
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In 1996 Gayle Flanigan joined the staff of Rose Hill, a treatment and rehabilitation center in Holly, Michigan. She oversees communication and publications and is the Director of Development & Special Events .
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Dr. David Moltz was trained in psychiatry and family therapy. After practicing in public and private sectors in New York City for 15 years, he moved to Maine where he worked in community mental health for another 15 years. For the past two years he has worked in an outpatient substance abuse program. Dr. Moltz is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and was twice the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI.
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Rose King is a political and policy consultant, and a family member of individuals with serious mental illness. As Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Leo McCarthy, she initiated a state Task Force on Serious Mental Illness that developed landmark legislation in 1988. She worked with a drafting committee for Prop 63, and served as Principal Consultant to then-Attorney General Bill Lockyer to launch the MHSA Oversight and Accountability Commission during his tenure on the OAC in 2005-07. Rose has developed policy and communication strategies for state and national organizations and candidates, served California State Assembly and Senate leaders and Constitutional Officers, and the U.S. Congressional leadership since 1975. She has served numerous advocacy and civic organizations in her community and state.
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Peter Brown is the Executive Director of the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement, a 501C3 organization dedicated to improving the quality and outcome of care for people with behavioral health problems. He was previously Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health from 1995 to 2004.
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Angela Wilson is an investigative reporter who has written about business, finance and women's health issues for Corporate Finance,, Black Enterprise, Willamette Week, and HealthRight: a Women's Health Quarterly. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and also attended Portland State University and the University of Oregon School of Law. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support.
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David Pilon is a licensed psychologist and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and President for Mental Health America of Los Angeles. In 1989, he was the lead writer for the grant writing team that produced the successful bid to design and implement the Village Integrated Service Agency in Long Beach, California. He has consulted in the design and transformation of mental health programs and systems throughout the United States, New Zealand and Japan.
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