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. – Keynote Speaker
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, leads the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. 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.
Elizabeth Vargas – Keynote Speaker
Vargas’ reporting of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young man whose murder gained national attention as an anti-gay crime, was credited by The New York Times in November 2004 as reinvigorating the newsmagazine format. In July 2003, she hosted “In the Shadow of Laci Peterson,” an ABC News special that examined the disappearances of several young women in northern California and why their stories failed to attract significant media attention. In November 2003, she anchored “Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci,” an hour investigating many theories raised in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code.
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.