Big Health’s mission is to help millions back to good mental health with evidence-based digital therapeutics for the most prevalent mental health issues. Big Health is charting the future of digital medicine by providing an inclusive, scalable, and affordable approach based on industry-leading peer-reviewed research and randomized control trials. By seamlessly integrating across the care pathway, from member engagement to billing via pharmacy benefit managers, Big Health simplifies adoption for both payers and patients, improving access to mental health care.
Owl helps behavioral health organizations expand access and improve outcomes through its precision-guided behavioral health solutions. With an advanced, cloud-based platform, the company offers a scalable and sustainable strategy to integrate measurement-based care, clinical decision support, and data insights into existing treatment workflows across all behavioral health conditions and settings. Owl enables behavioral health organizations to optimize treatment pathways and plans, enable telehealth, and improve quality care delivery, while reducing risk and enabling value-based care. Leading organizations, including Main Line Health, Amita Health, Inova Health, Polara Health and Aurora Mental Health Center, use Owl to improve clinical outcomes and financial results. For more information visit owl.health.
Meru Health is setting the new standard in mental healthcare with the most comprehensive online solution that combines licensed therapists and psychiatrists, a smartphone-based treatment program, biofeedback wearable, anonymous peer support, and habit-changing activities for sleep, nutrition and more. The company is committed to evidence-based care and has published groundbreaking clinical outcomes with Stanford, Harvard, and UC Davis that show promising clinical effectiveness and lasting results that offers a convenient, accessible, side effect-free mental health treatment option in contrast to the standard of care in the U.S. today. Meru Health partners with major health insurance providers like Cigna, Humana and Moda Health, as well as leading businesses who want to provide best-in-class mental health care for their employees or members. For more information, visit www.meruhealth.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
Following extensive research with the industry, we know that whilst some want to meet virtually this year, most are keen to meet in person.
This year we will be meeting in-person and offering an online option for those who are unable to join us on the West coast. Your safety is our top priority. To learn about the steps we are taking to make this summit more Covid secure, take a look at our protocols
Join the industry’s senior leaders from Payers, Providers, Patient Advocacy Organizations, Digital Tech and Telehealth all in one place hosting the cutting edge conversations to build the next generation mental healthcare ecosystem. Developing the next wave of mental healthcare will take everyone one of us.
From access and engagement through to enhancing outcomes and collaborations, all conversations will have patients at the heart of them. Sharing research findings, lessons from the front line and future facing discussions are the cornerstones of the agenda at the event.
The Future of Mental Healthcare Event will be held Online as well as in California! Catch up with old and make new connections, face to face, with those in the field. But if you can’t make it in person, you’ll still be able to network with your peers across the world as if you were in the room.
Given the many stressors of our time–including the COVID-19 pandemic, racial discrimination and conflict, and growing economic inequality–it’s critical that we strategize to ensure that our mental healthcare systems meet the needs of our diverse society. I look forward to connecting with peers across the sector to learn from one another and make this imperative a reality.
The importance of whole-person health care that addresses the interconnectedness of body and mind is evident now more than ever as we navigate the behavioral health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversations around how we deliver this care in a collaborative and effective way allow us to develop a more holistic approach to physical and mental wellbeing, and a better understanding of how to best meet patients where they are.
Speaker Faculty 2021
Tom lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More recently (2015 – 2017), he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. In 2017 he co-founded Mindstrong Health, a Silicon Valley start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. Since May of 2019, Dr. Insel has been a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Chair of the Board of the Steinberg Institute in Sacramento, California. He is the author of the forthcoming book Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, to be published by Penguin Random House. He is currently developing MindSite, a non-profit digital publication focused on mental health issues. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.
Christina Miller, Ph.D. has been President and CEO of Mental Health America of Los Angeles since 2017, bringing a breadth of mental health expertise from her work in inpatient, outpatient, community mental health and nonprofit settings.
Since joining MHALA, Dr. Miller has led a strategic and cultural change process that has resulted in a 47% increase in agency funding, a five-fold increase in private revenues, the development of critically needed new functions, and expanded partnerships with the larger community.
A licensed psychologist with over 25 years of leadership experience in social service, behavioral health and medical care settings, Dr. Miller has held positions at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, OPCC and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center. Her greatest area of focus has been in the development of ways to provide integrated, comprehensive care to individuals with mental health challenges, physical health problems and substance addiction, especially those experiencing poverty, and on the development of effective teams, programs and agencies to provide that care.
Dr. Miller developed UCLA’s Ashe Behavioral Medicine Program, which integrated medical and behavioral healthcare for 38,000 consumers. She also developed a resilience-based “Wellness Model” which received special commendation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a model program. She fosters change and engagement through direct, inclusive and transparent communication with staff and stakeholders.
Dr. Miller has a history of community service and advocacy. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA), the leading advocacy group for behavioral health organizations across the state of California. She serves on CBHA’s Programs committee and the Racial and Social Equity Task Force. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community Human Service Agencies (ACHSA), LA County’s largest collaborative and voice for behavioral health organizations, where she is also serving on the Strategic Planning Task Force. She is past Chair of the Board of Directors of LA County’s Westside Coalition, a collaboration of over 40 social services organizations. She previously served on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Coordinating Council and on the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness for the City of Long Beach. She also volunteers in the area of foster youth, an area of personal importance to her.
In an earlier career, Dr. Miller worked as a psychology and health journalist and editor, interviewing researchers and healthcare experts and authoring columns and articles for national and local magazines and newspapers. She credits this experience, along with her earlier direct service work with people struggling with mental health issues, as invaluable to her understanding of mental health: “Few things are more valuable than listening to and understanding people’s stories.”
Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Rhonda Robinson Beale is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in health care systems, managed care and quality improvement in behavioral health and medical care. She is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health Services within UHG. Dr. Robinson Beale has served in the past as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer for Blue Cross of Idaho and for several other large national and local health care organizations, such as Optum, PacifiCare, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Health Alliance Plan in Michigan. She has been involved with many national organizations as a subject matter expert, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Institute of Medicine, National Quality Forum, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, NCQA and others.
Dr Robinson Beale has served on many national boards, engaged with key committees and workgroups and has been significantly involved in influencing changes in the system. She was on the IOM committee that created “Crossing the Quality Chasm and “To Err is Human.” Dr. Robinson Beale has been involved in influencing local and national legislation particularly around Parity and ACA issues. Her involvements led to her having the opportunity to testify before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) on the state of behavioral health care.
With over 25 years of experience in the development of innovative software, medical devices, and drug delivery systems, Eric brings his wealth of experience and passion for innovation in behavioral health to Owl. In his previous roles, Eric served as CEO of Cervel Neurotech, a non-invasive deep brain stimulation offering for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders acquired by Rio Grande Neurotechnologies; Founder and CEO of Calypso Medical, a platform for the delivery of targeted external beam radiation treatment acquired by Varian Medical Systems; and a variety of corporate development activities at Johnson & Johnson.
Dr. Yavar Moghimi is the Chief Psychiatric Medical Officer at Amerihealth Caritas DC where he has extensive experience working with Medicaid populations in Washington DC as a managed care executive and community psychiatrist. He has a track record of innovation when it comes to bridging gaps between behavioral health, physical health, and social services. He is intimately familiar with the current challenges that our fragmented health system faces as an administrator and clinician and has implemented multiple interventions that address the social drivers of health, complex populations with comorbid substance use conditions, and improved transitions of care.
Kristina Saffran is the cofounder and CEO of Equip, a virtual program that delivers modern eating disorder treatment through family-based care that promises lasting recovery at home. Created by experts in the field and people who’ve been there, Equip provides each patient with a five-person dedicated care team including a therapist, dietician, physician, and peer & family mentor. At 15 years old, in her own recovery from anorexia, Kristina founded Project HEAL, now a leading grassroots eating disorder non-profit in the US providing treatment access and recovery support to people struggling with eating disorders. Kristina is an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and a Facebook Community Leadership Fellow, and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in May 2014.
John Boyd, Psy.D, MHA, is Sutter Health’s CEO for Mental Health Services. John has an extensive background in healthcare administration including mental health. John has been appointed a commissioner for the State of California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom and the former Governor Jerry Brown and currently serves in that capacity. John was recently welcomed to the Board of Directors for Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, and he is also on the boards of Mental Health America and the Steinberg Institute. Beginning January 2021, the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA), has appointed John as a member of the Behavioral Health Services Council. John also serves on the Advisory Council for the Movement for Global Mental Health, the Well Being Trust, and Mental Health America of Hawaii. He established and chairs the National Behavioral Health Council with over 40 health system participants. John has served in other appointed capacities including City of Sacramento Planning Commissioner. He earned his MHA at University of Southern California and his doctorate in psychology at CSPP and completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at University of California Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center- working primarily with children in foster care who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. Prior to joining Sutter in 2008, he served as Assistant Administrator, for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center. Prior to that, he worked eight years for Shriners Hospitals for Children, both domestically and internationally. During his tenure he served in both local and system-wide capacities. Additionally, he has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist in several organizations throughout his career. John is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Peter Hames is co-founder and CEO of Big Health, a company creating “digital medicine” – fully automated, software-based cognitive and behavioral techniques that are backed by clinical evidence. Peter is an NHS Innovation Fellow, and holds a Masters in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University.
Omar is a clinician and stage IV cancer survivor with over 25 years of senior management, medical research and clinical experience, innovating digital health products and medical devices as a senior executive. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Calm. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Sales for the brand leading B2B employer and health plan sales. Omar is passionate about helping people around the globe lead healthier, happier lives by building resilience through better sleep and improved mindfulness. Over the past two decades, Omar has held senior executive and senior advisory positions with a spectrum of healthcare companies, including Ginger, Accuray, Kona Medical, AliveCor and Samsung, leading transformative change and disruptive innovation across a number of healthcare segments.
Omar holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. with concentration in cancer epidemiology from Yale University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He went onto residency training in surgery and radiology and a fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California San Francisco. Omar has been honored as both a Howard Hughes and a National Cancer Institute Research Scholar and was named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2010 Silicon Valley Man of the Year for his leadership of national fundraising efforts supporting cancer research.
Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D is a Clinical Professor at Stanford University and California Licensed Psychologist who has specialized in working with individuals with psychosis for over 15 years in research, service development and clinical settings. Dr. Hardy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF. She is the Co-Director of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences INSPIRE Early Psychosis clinic and co-leads the national Psychosis-Risk and Early Psychosis Program Network (PEPPNET). She provides psychosocial interventions for individuals with psychosis, and their families, and is a nationally renowned trainer in CBT for psychosis and early psychosis models of care.
Jacob S. Ballon, M.D., M.P.H. specializes in the treatment of people with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia. He is the Co-Director of the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford which provides interdisciplinary care for people experiencing psychosis. He is also the medical director of H2 acute inpatient unit at Stanford Hospital. Dr. Ballon completed his residency at Stanford in 2009 and a Schizophrenia Research Fellowship at Columbia University in 2011.
INSPIRE is an innovative interdisciplinary client-centered resource providing respectful evidence-based care to support people to achieve meaningful recovery from psychosis through collaborative partnership with individuals and their families while advancing knowledge and training for a new generation of providers. With a recovery-oriented philosophy, the clinic provides an array of services including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychosocial evaluations. As a research clinic, they are focused on collaborating with multiple disciplines throughout the university to conduct clinical and basic science research including functional imaging, clinical trials, basic pathophysiology, and genetics.
Dr. Ballon maintains an interest in understanding the connections between the brain and the rest of the body as relates to the manifestation and treatment of people who experience psychosis. He works closely with a diverse group of researchers throughout the university and technology community to investigate these connections. He has active projects investigating the metabolic implications of schizophrenia and of psychiatric medication including the association of antipsychotic medication with weight gain and insulin resistance.
In understanding the whole-body impact of psychiatric illness, Dr. Ballon also has an active interest in the role that exercise can play in psychiatric treatment. He is the site-principal investigator of an NIMH-funded clinical trial looking at the use of aerobic exercise to improve cognition in people with schizophrenia.
Dr. Clark Harvey is a psychologist and the Chief Executive Officer of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies a statewide advocacy organization representing mental health and substance use disorder non-profit agencies that collectively serve over 750 thousand Californians annually. She is also the Executive Director of the California Access Coalition- a group of advocacy organizations and pharmaceutical industry companies that advocates for patient access to behavioral health treatment. Dr. Clark Harvey has previously served as Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions, Principal Consultant to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, and a health policy consultant to the office of former Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.
Prior to her work within the California Legislature, she completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles Mattel Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Clark Harvey has maintained an impressive record of leadership including serving on national and local boards including the American Psychological Association (APA), and prior positions on the Association of Black Psychologists, Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board and the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition. Dr. Clark Harvey has received numerous local and national awards and in 2020, was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to his Master Plan on Aging Advisory Committee and the Behavioral Health Task Force. In 2021, she was appointed by California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Board.
Dr. Stuart L. Lustig came to Cigna in 2011 and is the National Medical Executive for Behavioral Health. He engages with clients, provider groups, and other stakeholders about Cigna’s behavioral health care business. He also manages a team that manages escalated grievances of importance to Cigna clients. A board certified child psychiatrist, he previously served as Lead Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Care for Cigna’s Behavioral Health. Members of Dr. Lustig’s team received Cigna’s prestigious Quarterly Champion Award for disseminating health services research via peer reviewed journal publications and presentations at conferences. Dr. Lustig previously served as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. For two decades, Dr. Lustig has worked with numerous human rights organizations and, due to numerous published articles in professional journals, is a nationally recognized expert on psychological trauma among refugees and political asylum seekers. He has provided consultations to numerous school systems in the San Francisco and Boston areas. He is the editor of the textbook, Advocacy Strategies for Health and Mental Health Professionals: From Patients to Policies. Dr. Lustig received his Doctorate of Medicine from Rush Medical College and completed his psychiatric training at Stanford and Harvard hospitals. He also has a Master in Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Dr. April Joy Damian is an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and classically trained public health professional with expertise in health equity, social determinants of health, psychiatric epidemiology, and mixed methods. She currently serves as the Vice President and Director of the Weitzman Institute, a research, education, and policy center dedicated to quality improvement and primary care transformation, with a particularly focus on vulnerable populations. Dr. Damian is also the immediate Past Chair of the AcademyHealth Public Health Systems Research IG Advisory Board, and concurrently holds faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Wesleyan University. Dr. Damian previously served as the Director of Quality Innovation at the National Quality Forum (NQF). In this role, Dr. Damian spearheaded the expansion of NQF’s portfolio on social determinants of health quality measures, and co-led the NQF Measure Incubator®, an innovative effort that facilitates efficient measure development and testing through collaboration and partnership, and addresses important aspects of care for which quality measures are underdeveloped or non-existent.
Dr. Damian completed her PhD in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Masters in Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies, Highest Honors. She has worked with several reputable governing bodies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Health Administration in Washington, DC, International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as local health departments, on policy and programs relating to improving healthcare access and quality for medically underserved communities. She has received numerous recognitions in honor of her role as a social change agent, including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Community Well-Being Warrior Award, and an honorarium from the University of Delaware.
Alex Briscoe has over 25 years of experience in directly delivering and/or administering services to low income children and families. He has worked in special education classrooms, level 1 pediatric centers, juvenile detention and child welfare, and has run 911 systems. Across all of these settings Alex has managed public financing and Medicaid reimbursements.
In 2009, Briscoe was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency where he led one of the state’s largest public health systems, overseeing health and hospital systems, public health, behavioral health, and environmental health departments with an annual budget of $700 million and 6,200 FTE contracted and civil service staff. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland, a satellite outpatient center of Children’s Hospital and Research Center. Mr. Briscoe’s work has helped design the nexus of public health and public education. Mr. Briscoe has served on the Alameda County First Five Commission, The Alameda Alliance, and The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and The Uninsured, as well as a number of other public and private boards and commissions. He has advised or collaborated with a number of local and national foundations including The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and most recently with Tipping Point Community. He has specialized in Medicaid policy and administration, emergency medical services, youth voice and crisis counseling, and safety net design and administration.
Christine E. Petit, PhD serves as the Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for Mental Health America of Los Angeles. She has 20 years of demonstrated impact in public policy, advocacy, and organizing around progressive issues. She earned her PhD in sociology with emphases in race and class inequality and social change from University of California, Riverside and conducted her dissertation research on the policy impacts of the City of Los Angeles’ “Safer Cities Initiative” for people living, receiving services, and organizing for their civil rights in the Skid Row community of LA.
Most recently, Christine served for over six and a half years as the founding executive director of Long Beach Forward, an organization established out of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach. Her work with Long Beach Forward was at the intersection of health and racial and economic justice and contributed to over 40 policy and systems changes in the City of Long Beach and County of Los Angeles, including in the areas of housing, equitable land use, justice reform, and youth development. As the executive director of Long Beach Forward, she navigated the organization through significant growth and transformation, including rebranding and expansion of funding, programs, and staffing. She provided strategic direction to all aspects of Long Beach Forward’s work of reducing and eliminating health, economic, and racial inequities in Long Beach, as well as advocacy and systems change for children and their parents and caregivers.
Christine has served on numerous community committees and task forces, including as the Chair of the City of Long Beach’s Board of Health and Human Services and as a member of Mayor Garcia’s Everyone Home task force on homelessness and the Prevention Institute’s community advisory board on park equity. She is a current community-funding board member for Liberty Hill and an advisory board member for the Economic and Policy Impact Center.
Christine is passionate about helping people typically left out of decision making get involved in their communities and has done this as a steering committee member for the Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community, an organizer of the civic-engagement coalition Long Beach Rising, facilitator for the Long Beach Boards and Commissions Institute, and co-founder of the Long Beach Time Exchange. Prior to her work in Long Beach, she served as president of the statewide union representing 12,000 academic student workers throughout the University of California system and as the program coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center (now Gender and Sexuality Resource Center) at California State University, Los Angeles.
Sabina Lim, M.D., M.P.H., is the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) Vice President, Behavioral Health Safety and Quality; System Medical Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs; and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Lim graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biology, received her M.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, and her M.P.H. from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Yale University Department of Psychiatry, and held various clinical and administrative positions at Yale, including Executive Director of Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. She joined Mount Sinai Hospital in 2013 as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, and then served as Vice President and Chief of Strategy of the MSHS Behavioral Health services from 2015 to 2020. Dr. Lim serves on multiple policy and advisory groups, including the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council and the New York State Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council. Her expertise is in behavioral health services delivery innovation and re-design; VBP care models within the behavioral health population; behavioral health policy; and quality improvement in behavioral health care.
Tendai Masiriri serves the role of Southwest Washington Director of Behavioral Health for Providence. Tendai has a wealth of experience overseeing health and human services programs on the continuum of care. He has managed and directed programs that include emergency psychiatric services and acute inpatient psychiatric services; outpatient behavioral health specialty clinics treat mental health and substance use disorders; and community behavioral health programs that address social determinants of health. His experience spans across multiple care settings (ambulatory clinics, acute care settings, and allied health services in schools, colleges, correctional facilities, and residential treatment centers) providing services for all age groups including children, adults and geriatric population aimed to improve health outcomes and prevent avoidable emergency department visits.
Tendai holds three master’s degrees in clinical social work from Indiana University, healthcare administration from Grand Valley State University, and health outcomes research and evaluation sciences from Saint Louis University. He is currently a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D., in interdisciplinary health sciences with Western Michigan University. His research interest in studying the influence of integrated behavioral health primary care clinics on the utilization of mental health services and depression treatment response among men. Tendai has keen interest driving population health outcomes through research and evaluating the impact of behavioral health and other social determinants.
Pamela Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW). She joined the association in 1998 and since that time has become a nationally recognized leader on managed behavioral health care policy.
ABHW is the leading association working to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and advance federal policy to improve mental health and addiction care. ABHW represents major national and regional health plans who care for more than 200 million people.
Pamela has extensive experience with mental health parity, including testifying before Congress and federal agencies, and Chairing the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. She also currently serves on the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Advisory Council, URAC’s Health Standards Committee and Parity Advisory Council, and innovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Andrew Sperling is the Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In this position, he leads NAMI’s legislative advocacy initiatives in Congress and before federal agencies. Mr. Sperling works on issues affecting the mental health community with a focus on improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses.
Since 1994, Mr. Sperling has also served as Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force.
Prior to joining NAMI, Mr. Sperling held the position of deputy director of government relations for the National Community Mental Healthcare Council and was a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Dick Swett (D-NH).
Mr. Sperling earned his BA from Tulane University. After graduating from Tulane, Sperling attended George Washington University where he received a Masters of Arts, and in 1992, he earned a law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center.
Dr. Myra Altman is a licensed clinical psychologist and the VP of Clinical Care at Modern Health. Myra received her PhD in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, where her research focused on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. This sparked an interest in the structural factors that influence personal health and well-being, including how the workplace can promote or hinder health. She has spent a decade providing evidence-based care for anxiety, depression, and health psychology and is passionate about how to ensure these approaches are scaled across populations. Myra completed a fellowship in value-based healthcare at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center where she focused on understanding how best to improve the quality of care while ensuring sustainable costs. She brings all of these perspectives to Modern Health, where her team oversees the quality of the coaching and therapy network, digital content and tools, as well as research and outcomes. Myra grew up in South Africa, went to cooking school before college and remains passionate about food, and is an aspirational runner and gardener.
Uchenna B. Okoye, MD, MPH, is an early career psychiatrist working in
Consult Liaison and Psychiatric Emergency Services with Alameda Health
System (AHS) in the East Bay Area, Northern California. Dr. Okoye also
works in Corrections Psychiatry in Contra Costa County, California.
Dr. Okoye is a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles
(UCLA) Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior Psychiatry
Residency Program. She earned her MD from the University California of
San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, and her MPH from the Harvard
School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management, while serving as
a Zuckerman Fellow through Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public
As an engaged member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr.
Okoye has served in leadership roles including as a member of the Board
of Trustees (2016-2018), on the Council on Advocacy and Government
Relations (2018-2020), and continues to serve on the Scientific
Programming Committee (Vice-Chair 2020-2021), and the Committee on
Psychiatrist Well-Being and Burnout. Dr. Okoye is a recently elected board
member on the Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS). She has
been the recipient of numerous awards at this early stage in her career,
including the inaugural George L. Mallory Diversity, Culture and Racial
Justice Award by the SCPS (2021), a Founders Award for her role in the
establishment of the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach (2016), and a
Symonds Fellow Award from the Association of Women Psychiatrists
Dr. Okoye’s academic work and leadership remain focused on quality
improvement, physician well-being, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
(DEIJ) in medicine, through her continued authorship, academic
presentations, and committee engagement, including the AHS Department
of Psychiatry Quality Review Committee. Her other main interest is
mentorship of underrepresented minority trainees and pre-medical
Bryan H. King, MD, MBA, is the Lisa and John Pritzker Distinguished Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Vice Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for UCSF Health, as well as Vice President for Child Behavioral Health Services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics.
A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the George Washington University School of Business, King has previously held faculty appointments at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and the University of Washington. He has worked in a number of key clinical leadership positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, in addition to serving as medical director for State of New Hampshire’s Division of Developmental Services.
King is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including AACAP’s George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities (1995), APA’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for Psychiatric Services for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disorders, and a Fulbright Specialist award (2017).
King’s research has focused largely on clinical trials in Autism and Intellectual Disability. He served on the Workgroup for the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5 and is primary author of the upcoming text revision.
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