18 & 19

May 2018

Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion-
Integrating Research, Education, and Practice


2018 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Keynote Speakers

This year’s Symposium features regional and national Mental Health Professionals and Advocates as keynote speakers.


Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Founder and President of Mindstrong Health and former National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director – Keynote Speaker

Thomas R. Insel, M.D, Founder and President of Mindstrong Health, is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Most recently he led the Mental Health Team at Verily.

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Elizabeth Vargas, ABC Anchor – Keynote Speaker

Emmy-Award winning journalist, television anchor, and investigative reporter Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting interviews with world leaders and other influential newsmakers. She is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir.

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Elisabeth Houtsmuller, Ph.D., Associate Director of PCORI- Keynote Speaker

Elisabeth Houtsmuller, Ph.D., is an Associate Director in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Before PCORI, Houtsmuller led the Green Park Collaborative at the Center for Medical Policy Technology, where she also served as vice president of research.

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John Magill, State Director SC Department of Mental Health – Plenary Speaker

State Director John H. Magill began his career in Mental Health Care and Addictions at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in the late 1960s. In 1977, he became the Georgia State Director for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. In 1980, he founded Fenwick Hall Hospital on Johns Island, South Carolina, and served as its Chief Executive Officer for its 17 years of operation.

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Deborah S. Blalock, MEd., LPCS, CPM, Executive Director, Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center- Keynote Speaker

Deborah S. Blalock, MEd, LPCS, CPM has served since 2004 as the Executive Director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, one of the largest and most innovative of the seventeen centers operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Ms. Blalock joined the SC Department of Mental Health in 1993 and previously served as Director of Acute Services.

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Donna Maddox, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Donna Maddox is a General and Forensic Psychiatrist who is licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina and Georgia. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1989. Dr. Maddox retired from the Department of Mental Health in 2016, and she formerly worked at the University of South Carolina for 17 years.

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Alain Litwin, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Vice Chair of Academics and Research, Department of Medicine, Greenville Health System (GHS) – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Litwin is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine.  He has been providing medical care to drug users with complex social, psychiatric and medical needs within an integrated primary care and methadone maintenance treatment program for over 17 years. He has received numerous funding including from NIDA, PCORI, CDC, SAMHSA, AHRQ, CMS, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and state government.

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