17 & 18

May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice


2016 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health
Keynote Speakers

This year’s Symposium will feature regional and national Mental Health Professionals and Advocates as keynote speakers. Throughout the weekend actress and advocate Mariel Hemingway, Dr. Vladimir Maletic, a leading expert on Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Dr. John Roberts, Board Certified in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Addiction Medicine will give talks during the dinner, gala, and plenary sessions.

Dinner Speaker, Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway is a celebrity, prolific author, healthy, lifestyle-brand entrepreneur, and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate. She focuses on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues.

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John Roberts, MD

Dr. Roberts, an addiction psychiatrist, serves as the Medical Director at the Pavillon, with nearly 20 years of experience acting as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. While there, Dr. Roberts was the attending psychiatrist for the Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit and the director of the Clinical Outpatient Division for the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Program.

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Vladimir Maletic, MD

Vladimir Maletic, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in Columbia, and a consulting associate in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Representative Patrick Kennedy

A pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy served Rhode Island’s First Congressional District for 16 years, championing causes essential to the well-being of all Americans. During his time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Kennedy was the author and chief sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, groundbreaking legislation that guaranteed …

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Meera-Narasimhan, MD

Meera Narasimhan, MD is the Associate Provost for Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina and Professor and Chair in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine. Dr. Narasimhan also serves on faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston…

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Philip S. Mehler, MD, CEDS, FAED, FACP

As Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Mehler is the designated head of medical services across Eating Recovery Center’s full treatment spectrum, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care….

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