17 & 18

May 2019

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


2019 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Keynote Speakers

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


Drew Pinsky, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine

Dr. Drew Pinsky is the host of Dr. Drew Midday Live on KABC. In addition, Dr. Drew co-hosts the Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast with his former Loveline co-host Adam Carolla, This Life podcast with co-host Bob Forrest, as well as Dr. Drew Podcast, which is the #1 health podcast on iTunes, MTV reality television series, Teen Mom OG (Formerly known as “Teen Mom”) and Teen Mom 2, where Pinsky hopes to raise awareness towards teen pregnancy and safe sex practices.

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Antwone Fisher, Best-selling Author & Screenwriter

Antwone Fisher is the screenwriter and real-life subject of the Hollywood hit Antwone Fisher, directed by Denzel Washington. The film tells the story of his childhood at the hands of the foster care system.

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Herschel Walker, Legendary football player, Heisman trophy recipient, and successful businessman

Herschel Walker is a successful businessman, legendary football player, Heisman trophy recipient, and a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.

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Daniel Rodriguez, Purple Heart Recipient & NFL Recruit

Daniel Rodriguez has had an incredible journey. After surviving the bloodiest clash of the war in Afghanistan, he left the military and walked on the Clemson football special teams in order to fulfill a promise to a friend who died on the battlefield.

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Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Robert Heinssen is Director, Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Heinssen has played a key role in launching major NIMH research initiatives in psychosis risk states, first episode psychosis, assessment of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, and suicide prevention.

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