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Event Date

UC Davis Health Education Building, Lecture Hall 2222

The Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence at UC Davis and UCLA hosted a symposium on innovation in evidence-based practice and policy at the county, state, and national levels.



Welcome and Introductions

Cameron S. Carter, MD, Director, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis, Frederick J. Meyers, MACP, MD, Vice Dean, School of Medicine, UC Davis, Peter Whybrow, MD, Director, Semel Institute, UCLA

Keynote: National Perspectives

  • Robert K. Heinssen, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Implementation Best Practices Panel Discussion

  • Stephen Marder, MD, Director, Section on Psychosis, RAISE program, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine 
  • Rachel Loewy, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Kristin Cadenhead, MD, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine 
  • Keith Nuechterlein, PhD, Director, UCLA Center for Neurocognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia and the UCLA Aftercare Research Program 

Keynote: Positive Outcomes

  • Darrell Steinberg, JD, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, UC Davis, and founder, Steinberg Institute

Outcomes Measurement Panel Discussion

  • Carolyn Dewa, MPH, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Howard Goldman, MD, PhD, Director of the Network on Mental Health Policy Research 
  • Renay Bradley, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, University of Maryland, School of Medicine 

Keynote: California Perspectives

  • Toby Ewing, PhD, Executive Director, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission 

Overcoming Barriers and Dissemination Panel Discussion

  • Bonnie Hotz, family member and patient advocate                 
  • Tara Niendam, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of SacEDAPT, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Steve Adelsheim, MD, Director of Community Partnerships, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Dina Tyler, PREP Outreach Coordinator, Alameda County
  • Ryan Melton, PhD, LPC, Clinical Director, EASA Center for Excellence, Portland State University Regional Research Institute 
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Keynote: Community Engagement

  • Ken Wells, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Health Services and Society, UCLA Semel Institute and Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, and Loretta Jones, Founder and CEO of Healthy African American Families 

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