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Monday Keynote Presentation

Prioritizing Possibilities for Child Flourishing: Our Greatest Public Health Opportunity

Monday, December 7 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. CST

Children can flourish amid adversity! While examining the current science and epidemiology of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and impacts on health and well-being, this keynote session will explore the prevalence and variations in child flourishing. Learn about existing policies, practices and resources to leverage a new integrated science of thriving to promote flourishing in the face of adversity and improve population mental health. New research regarding the possibilities for flourishing amid adversity and how to consider these issues in the context of existing practices and policy realities will be included.

Presented by Christina Bethell, PhD, Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative Professor – Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University

About the Presenter

Dr. Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH  is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances a new integrated Science of Thriving to promote early and lifelong health of children, youth, families and communities. She is the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health and a range of projects to promote relationship-centered and data driven partnerships to improve policy, practice and positive health outcomes for children, families and communities.  Dr Bethell is an avid student of human potential for flourishing amid adversity and focuses on promoting research and innovation in health, education and social systems, policies and practices to promote the social, emotional and relational roots of well-being.  She advances a positive construct of health that places self-awareness, relationships, mindfulness and mind-body practices as key public health strategies, especially to address the developmental and collective trauma held by the majority of people, families and communities today.  Her work is focused on implementing a widely endorsed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote healing and flourishing through research, advocacy and teaching.  She writes poetry, dances and believes that attuned connection with our selves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy


Tuesday Keynote Presentation

Resilience as Readiness: Ways to Support Provider and Family Well-Being

Tuesday, December 8 | 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. CST

The global pandemic and impact of racial injustices has resulted in increased stress for everyone.  A rapid transition to telehealth, remote learning, and working from home has disrupted routines and created additional stressors for families. Especially during times of distress, it is easy to not attend to one’s own wellbeing. Now, more than ever, it is essential to be ready to face to stress by calling upon resilience-building skills to support families and providers. Mechanisms of building resilience, the science of resilience, and practical tools to support provider and family well-being will be presented.

Presented by Lauren Marlotte, PsyD, Assistant Director of Training for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center – UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

About the Presenter

Dr. Marlotte is the Assistant Director of Training for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center within the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also an attending supervisor at the UCLA Family Stress, Trauma, and Resilience clinic and the UCLA Psychology Clinic. Dr. Marlotte is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of La Verne, where she studied clinical and community psychology. Dr. Marlotte completed a pre-doctoral APA accredited clinical internship working primarily with underserved populations at an outpatient community mental health center and juvenile hall. Dr. Marlotte also completed a two year APA accredited post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she specialized in working with adolescents, young adults, and their families. She earned her bachelor’s degrees from Occidental College in Cognitive Science and Kinesiology and her master’s degree from the University of La Verne in Clinical Psychology


1. Partnering with Families to Identify Needs and Opportunities to Improve Policies, Service Quality and Child Well-Being

Monday, December 7 | Breakout Session 1 | 10:45 to 12:15 CST

This session will include a guided discussion addressing the following questions:

+ What progress have we/I made to address the challenges we face in our organization/community as it relates to ACEs and promoting healing and flourishing for children, youth and families?
+ What new opportunities do we/I have to further promote healing and flourishing as we address ACEs as part of the equation for children’s mental health? 
+ What mindsets, resources and structures must be maintained and how can these be enhanced? 
+ What new is needed?
+ What can we do now versus what changes in policy or new resources are needed?

Presented by keynote presenter Christina Bethell, PhD, Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative Professor – Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University


2. Protective Factors for Suicide in African American Adolescents and Young Adults

Monday, December 7 | Breakout Session 1 | 10:45 to 12:15 CST

This presentation will focus on suicide prevention strategies for adolescents and young adults from communities of color.  The presentation will present epidemiological data on the scope of the problem of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth from communities of color, describe risk and protective factors associated with suicide in these communities, discuss the research on treatment engagement for youth of color and explore using an upstream approach to suicide prevention for youth from these communities. Prevention in faith communities will be used as an example of an upstream approach, and information on the development of a suicide prevention in a predominantly Black church will be shared.

Sherry Davis Molock, PhD, MDiv, Department of Psychological Brain Sciences –– George Washington University

About the Presenter

Dr. Sherry Davis Molock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Molock graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, and earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In May 2000 she graduated with honors with a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University.  Dr. Molock teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses in the field of clinical psychology and conducts research on the prevention of suicide and HIV in African American adolescents and young adults. Dr. Molock’s work has appeared in a number of professional journals, and she has served on a number of local and national boards, currently serving on the editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology. She also serves as a grant reviewer for NIMH, NIDA, CDC, and SAMHSA. She recently served as a member of the scientific work group that worked with the Congressional Black Caucus’ Emergency Task Force on Suicide Prevention for Black Youth.

In addition to her work in psychology, Dr. Molock and her husband, Guy Molock Jr., are the founding pastors of the Beloved Community Church in Accokeek, Maryland. Their ministry focuses on “family healing” that is designed to bring spiritual, physical and emotional healing to the community. She is the proud mother of the Molock Jewels: Amber, Jelani and Diarra, and the proud “Mimi” of Makayla and Oliyah.


3. Child Suicide Risk, Assessment and Prevention: What We Know so Far

Monday, December 7 | Breakout Session 2 | 1:15 to 2:45 CST

In this panel discussion with researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health, an overview will be provided of the epidemiology of suicide among children age 11 and younger. The panelists will summarize what research tells us about risk and protective factors, how to screen for and assess suicide risk, as well as evidence for intervention and prevention. Gaps in clinical and research knowledge and ethical considerations will be highlighted.

Lynsay Ayer, PhD – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) & RAND; Lisa Colpe, PhD – NIMH; Lisa Horowitz, PhD – NIMH; & Eve Reider, PhD – NIMH

About the Presenters

Lynsay Ayer (she/her) is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a program consultant for the Suicide Prevention Workgroup at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The overarching goals of her research are to prevent violence and trauma (e.g., child maltreatment, suicide, disasters) and prevent and treat behavioral health problems caused by stressful/traumatic events (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse). She is particularly interested in identifying ways to improve access to trauma and mental health services for marginalized and underserved populations. For example, she has studied the role of fathers in the child welfare system, and tested interventions for low-income communities with limited access to mental health services. Ayer’s work aims to explore and test new models of service delivery, particularly in non-traditional mental health settings (e.g., task shifting models, using digital technologies). She has led or co-led studies utilizing longitudinal survey designs, randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, and mixed methods. She received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. She completed her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Veterans Affairs Consortium.

Lisa Colpe, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Advisor for Psychiatric Epidemiology in the NIMH Office of the Director. Dr. Colpe is a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in epidemiology and survey methodology. Over the past two decades she has overseen several large-scale mental health and suicide research projects within NIMH, and in collaboration with the CDC and SAMHSA. Having retired from the USPHS Commissioned Corps in 2017, Lisa is a contracted consultant to the NIMH Suicide Prevention research group.

Lisa Horowitz, PhD, MPH, is a Pediatric Psychologist/Staff Scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She serves as a senior attending with a specialty in pediatric psychology on the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the Hatfield Clinical Research Center at NIH. Dr. Horowitz received her doctorate in clinical psychology from George Washington University, completed a Pediatric Health Service Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and obtained a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. The major focus of Dr. Horowitz’s research has been in the area of suicide prevention with an emphasis on detection of suicide risk in the medical setting. She is lead PI on five NIMH suicide prevention protocols that involve validating and implementing the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) in the ED, inpatient medical/surgical, and outpatient primary care settings. Dr. Horowitz collaborates with hospitals, outpatient pediatric clinics, and school settings around the country, assisting with implementation of suicide risk screening and management of patients who screen positive using the ASQ Toolkit and Youth Suicide Risk Screening Clinical Pathways.

Eve E Reider, PhD, is a child/family clinical psychologist by training and the Associate Director for Prevention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIMH has a developmentally focused, theory-based prevention research program that spans the life course, from prenatal though adulthood. Eve is situated in the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research, which supports research examining the efficacy and effectiveness of prevention interventions conducted in a variety of contexts and settings, and the implementation of effective interventions at scale in communities in a sustainable manner. Eve oversees a portfolio of prevention intervention research, including studies that synthesize prevention intervention data sets to examine the long-term and cross-over effects, unanticipated beneficial effects, of prevention interventions delivered earlier in life on important mental health outcomes in adolescence, young adulthood, and adulthood, including suicide ideation and behaviors.


4. Using Psychological Profiles to Identify Adolescent Girls at Risk for Self-Injury

Monday, December 7 | Breakout Session 2 | 1:15 to 2:45 CST

Self-injury is common in adolescents, especially among girls. To help identify adolescent girls who may need support prior to the first occurrence of self-injury, a better understanding of psychological vulnerabilities to this behavior was sought. During this session, the presenter will share recent findings from the Adolescent Development of Emotions and Personality Traits study, an ongoing longitudinal project tracking the health and wellbeing of girls from Long Island, New York. Results will be shared that point to two key psychological pathways to first onsets of adolescent self-harm in the community: disinhibition, an urgency to act and a difficulty regulating one’s behavior; and avoidance of upsetting memories or thoughts. The presenter will also discuss the role of parental personality and mental health in adolescent self-harm. Finally, the current research program has derived a personality profile with a good ability to identify adolescent girls who are at risk of initiating self-harm––and the potential clinical implications of this finding will be discussed.

Monika Waszczuk, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology – Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

About the Presenter

Dr. Monika Waszczuk is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. Her research in the field of developmental psychopathology focuses on the etiology of emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and non-suicidal self-injury. Dr. Waszczuk employs genetically-informative, developmental, and naturalistic designs to investigate the interplay between various vulnerabilities to mental health problems in young
people.


5. Using a Family and Resilience-Informed Lens in Reducing Adolescent Depression

Tuesday, December 8 | Breakout Session 3 | 10:45 to 12:15 CST

Adolescent depression impacts youth social, emotional and cognitive development; increases risk for suicide, substance abuse, and serious health risk behaviors; and is associated with decreased school performance. This presentation will describe the adaptation of the evidenced-based practice––Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) for Depression––including the implementation and outcomes of a randomized controlled trial with low-income minority adolescents delivered through school-based clinics. 

Presented by Lauren Marlotte, PsyD, Assistant Director of Training for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center – UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior


6. Adapting our Clinical Practice for Adolescent Mood Problems and Anxiety in Diverse Populations and Contexts Amid COVID-19

Tuesday, December 8 | Breakout Session 3 | 10:45 to 12:15 CST

In the context of the global pandemic, this workshop will present evidence from empirical studies and systematic reviews summarising the current state of the evidence pertaining to how disease containment measures could impact on mental health in adolescents. This will include a consideration of social isolation and loneliness. The talk will also highlight what we know so far about how adolescents across the world are experiencing the pandemic and how it is impacting on their mental health. Implications for clinical practice, including the evidence for remotely delivered interventions will be emphasised.

Dr. Maria Loades, Clinical Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – University of Bath

About the Presenter

Dr Maria Loades is a Clinical Tutor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Maria qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of East Anglia in 2008. Since qualification, she has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including adult mental health, a children’s inpatient unit, and various community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She completed a post-graduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for children, young people and families at the Anna Freud Centre/University College London in 2013, and a Postgraduate Certificate in the Supervision of Applied Psychology Practice at the University of Oxford in 2015. She is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and is also registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. Maria secured an NIHR doctoral research fellowship in 2016 to further her research into depression in paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), which she will be undertaking in collaboration with colleagues from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, and the Paediatric CFS team at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.


7. Brain Activity and Clinical Predictors of ADHD Medication Response

Tuesday, December 8 | Breakout Session 4 | 1:15 to 2:45

The combination of d-methylphenidate and guanfacine (an alpha adrenergic 2A agonist) has shown superior efficacy compared to monotherapy as a treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, it is unclear what predicts and drives response to these treatments. During this session, the presenter will share recent work investigating whether pre-treatment clinical and brain activity profiles predict improvement in ADHD severity and whether the effects of each treatment on brain activity are related to clinical improvements. The findings may offer promising ways to aid personalized treatment decisions and treatment monitoring in child psychiatry.

Giorgia Michelini, PhD, Research Scholar – Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

About the Presenter

Giorgia Michelini is a Research Scholar in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCLA. Her research seeks to elucidate the processes underlying the emergence and persistence of developmental psychopathology, with the goal to inform prevention and early identification strategies. After completing undergraduate and master’s degrees in clinical psychology, she pursued a PhD in Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Her doctoral work was awarded the 2018 Elsevier Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize and the 2018 Neil O’Connor Prize form the British Psychological Society (BPS). Currently, she is investigating the clinical and neurocognitive processes predicting developmental outcomes and response to treatment in youths with ADHD and depression, supported by funding from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the National Institute of Health.


8. Implementing Measurement-Based Care in a Large Multistate Behavioral Health System

Tuesday, December 8 | Breakout Session 4 | 1:15 to 2:45

The presenters of this session will discuss the application of measurement-based care, treatment standardization and self-report outcomes assessments and how those items have been implemented in a large behavioral health system. Implementing this evidence-based approach to care not only has improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, it has also reduced re-admissions and improved the quality and clinical effectiveness at Rogers Behavioral Health.

Bradley Riemann,  Chief Clinical Officer; Brian Kay, PhD, Vice President of Continuous Improvement; & Jessica Cook, MS, Director of Clinical Effectiveness – Rogers Behavioral Health

About the Presenters

Jessica Cook, MS, serves as the director of Clinical Effectiveness at Rogers Behavioral Health, implementing data science initiatives to drive clinical and quality improvements across the organization. Previously, Jessica held positions at Rogers dating back to 2012 as manager of clinical effectiveness, clinical effectiveness coordinator, care advocate, intake lead and intake
specialist. Prior to joining Rogers, Jessica worked at the Boys and Girls Club as a site lead, where she implemented youth development programming. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a scientist practitioner emphasis and a Master of Science in applied economics from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She currently is pursuing her Master of Business
Administration from UW-Whitewater.

Brian Kay, MS, serves as the vice president of Continuous Improvement at Rogers Behavioral Health, utilizing lean methodologies to improve clinical quality, operational effectiveness and data science. Previously, Kay held positions as executive director of Continuous Improvement, director of Clinical Effectiveness, an outcome study specialist, and a behavioral specialist at Rogers. In addition, he worked at GE Healthcare, leading teams in the development of workforce analytics, applying data science techniques to better predict hospital census and outcomes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marquette University and a master’s in healthcare informatics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Translational Bioinformatics, the fusion of data science techniques and translational informatics.

Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, serves as chief clinical officer for Rogers Behavioral Health. Dr. Riemann is a leading expert in the assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders and use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment. Dr. Riemann is also the clinical director of OCD and Anxiety Adult Residential Care, one of the leading residential treatment programs for OCD and anxiety in the country. He also directs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services at Rogers. Dr. Riemann supervises the training of graduate and post-graduate students from around the country for CBT in anxiety disorders and collaborates with colleges and universities on research projects investigating OCD and anxiety disorders. He serves as chairman for the clinical advisory committee of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and serves on its scientific advisory board. Dr. Riemann has authored numerous scientific papers on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety and has spoken at national and international conventions, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the ADAA and the IOCDF. He has also been featured on 48 Hours, The Today Show, VH1’s The OCD Project and Anderson Cooper Live. Dr. Riemann received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago Medical School. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the psychology department at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.