William R. Beardslee (Planning Committee Member) directs the Baer Prevention Initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a senior research scientist at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, and is the distinguished Gardner-Monks professor of child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research interest centers on the development of children at risk because of parental adversities, such as mental illness or poverty. His work is focused on the ways in which self- and shared understanding help individuals and families cope with adversity. He currently directs the Boston site of a multisite study on the prevention of depression in adolescents using a cognitive-behavioral model. He has received numerous awards, including the Blanche F. Ittleson Award of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding published research contributing to the mental health of children, and the Catcher in the Rye Award for Advocacy of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has an M.D. from Case Western University and an honorary doctor of science degree from Emory University.
C. Hendricks Brown (Planning Committee Member) is professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He directs the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV and a study to
synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. He also directs the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, now a national network of more than 250 scientists and methodologists who are working on the design of preventive field trials and their analysis and the implementation of prevention programs. His recent work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, depression, and suicide. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Martin Flores (Workshop Presenter) is the partnership for success specialist for the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery IAMNDN (I am native drug-free nations) program. In this role, he plans and coordinates multiple Native American youth-related activities. He also coordinates the IAMNDN youth council with the Comanche Nation and with numerous local public school districts and tribal youth programs in tailoring the programs to the native student population. Using Native American culture, IAMNDN’s main focus is the prevention of underage drinking in native communities, as well as preventing the misuse, abuse, and addiction of prescription drugs. IAMNDN is dedicated to empowering native youth to become outstanding sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, students, employees, community members, and future leaders.
Bacall Hincks (Workshop Presenter) practices as a licensed clinical social worker in Utah. She has worked extensively with children and families, particularly with kinship families and those affected by substance use. She is serving as the program administrator for the Grandfamilies Kinship Care Program at the Children’s Service Society, the oldest nondenominational nonprofit serving children and families in Utah. She has served as a child and family therapist and has facilitated kinship education and support groups. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. She is also trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy and other trauma-focused therapies. She has an MSW from the University of Utah.
Kelly Kelleher (Workshop Presenter) is the distinguished professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and public health in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and vice president of community health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and also on the faculty of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness, and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those in areas of concentrated disadvantage or those affected by mental disorders, substance abuse, or violence. He has a long-standing interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and
substance abuse services. He has an M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Justine Larson (Workshop Presenter) is the senior medical adviser to the Center for Mental Health Services and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Previously, she was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, served as medical director for the Arlington County, Virginia, Community Services Board, and was a consulting psychiatrist for a behavioral health program in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland. Her areas of interest include systems of care, the impact of the opioid epidemic on families, and service provision in integrated care and school settings. At SAMHSA, she has worked on a wide range of activities, including the developmental impact of opioids in pregnancy, mental health screening in schools, and the needs of special populations with serious mental illness. She has an M.D., an M.P.H., and an M.H.S., and she is board certified in adult psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry and neurology.
C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III (Workshop Presenter) serves as commonwealth’s attorney for Wise County and the city of Norton for the state of Virginia. He also is an adjunct instructor at the University of Virginia-Wise and the Regent University School of Law. In addition to prosecuting serious crimes in court, working with law enforcement on public safety measures for the region of southwest Virginia, and managing an office of 10 prosecuting attorneys, he has sought innovative criminal justice reforms. His signature initiatives include the creation of the Southwest Virginia Joint Senior Abuse Task Force to address crimes against senior citizens, the Courts to Classrooms and Junior Commonwealth’s Attorney Program to mentor young citizens, and the Wise Works Program to provide an alternative sentencing options for low-risk offenders. He previously practiced criminal, domestic relations law, local government law, and estate administration in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in business administration from the University of Virginia-Wise and a J.D. from Regent University School of Law.
Shelly Sutherland (Workshop Presenter) serves as the chief community development officer for Bighorn Valley Health Center (BVHC) in Hardin, Montana. Previously, she worked as a utilization-focused program evaluator. In her current role, she coordinates several programs and services that address the social determinants of health in central/eastern Montana. Services include community resource connections for BVHC patients, diabetes prevention and support, substance use disorder prevention and outreach,
and early childhood systems. She also facilitates several community-based coalitions, including the Big Horn County Best Beginnings Early Childhood Coalition and the Healthy Hardin Community Development Partnership. She oversees a number of family support programs which have grown from this coalition-based work, including Parents as Teachers services, SafeCare, Bright by Text, and the local River Valley Farmer’s Market. She has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia.
Judy Tan (Workshop Presenter) serves as a behavioral health expert for AmeriCorps VISTA, supporting community programming centered on opioid prevention. She has a background in human science, where she developed a passion for addressing social determinants of health. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, she has been heavily involved in developing a year-long youth opioid prevention program through the Rural Health and Safety Education Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Additionally, she is creating and running the Minwaadodang Tribal Wellness Radio Show and working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on a community-based participatory research project on resiliency.
J. Alice Thompson (Workshop Presenter) is a social science researcher at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) where she serves as the program lead for new model development in the Division of Health Integration and Innovation within the Prevention and Population Health Group including the Maternal Opioid Misuse model. She also serves as the opioid lead at CMMI. Previously, she worked at the National Academy of Medicine where she contributed to the evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and led an evaluation of the avian influenza/pandemic influenza activities at the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System of the Department of Defense. She also previously worked at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. General Accounting Office. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Goucher College, a master’s degree in medical sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland.
Deborah Klein Walker (Planning Committee Member) is an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Tufts University School of Medicine, and she currently serves as president of Family Voices. She is the immediate past president of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice and a former president of the American Public Health Association and of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Previously, she served as vice president and senior fellow at Abt Associates, Inc., and as associate commissioner for programs and prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public
Health. Her research and policy interests include child and family policy, program implementation and evaluation, public health practice, disability policy, community health systems, health outcomes and data systems. She is a recipient of many awards, including the Martha May Eliot Award for Maternal and Child Health from the American Public Health Association, and the National Leadership Award from the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. She has an Ed.D. in human development from Harvard University.
David Willis (Planning Committee Member) is a senior fellow with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, where he leads a national initiative to advance early relational health for child health and communities. Previously, he was a clinician in Oregon with a practice focused on early childhood development and family therapy, and he served as director of the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, he was the first executive director of the Perigee Fund, a Seattle-based philanthropy focused on strengthening of the social and emotional development of all babies and toddlers and to advance the workforce to do so. He is the past president of the Oregon Pediatric Society and an executive member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Early Education and Child Care. He has an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and is a board-certified developmental–behavioral pediatrician.
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