COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 19 – Advancing Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond

Riana Elyse Anderson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and completed a Clinical and Community Psychology Doctoral Internship at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Applied Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania supported by the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. She uses mixed methods in clinical interventions to study racial discrimination and socialization in Black families to reduce racial stress and trauma and improve psychological well-being and family functioning. She is particularly interested in how these factors predict familial functioning and subsequent child psychosocial well-being and health-related behaviors when enrolled in family-based interventions. Dr. Anderson is the developer and director of the EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) intervention and loves to translate her work for a variety of audiences, particularly those whom she serves in the community, via blogs, video, and literary articles. Finally, Dr. Anderson was born in, raised for, and returned to Detroit and is becoming increasingly addicted to cake pops.

Contact: rianae@umich.edu

 

Ken Duckworth, M.D., is the chief medical officer for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena. Dr. Duckworth is currently an assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School and an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, and he has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Dr. Duckworth has held clinical and leadership positions in community mental health, school psychiatry and now also works as senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Contact: ken@nami.org

 

Benjamin Miller, Psy.D., is the Chief Strategy Officer for Well Being Trust, a national foundation committed to advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. He helps oversee the foundation’s portfolio ensuring alignment across grantees, overall strategy and direction, and connection of the work to advance policy. The end goal is to help advance the national movement around mental health and well-being. Prior to joining Well Being Trust, Dr. Miller spent 8 years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was the founding Director of Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. The Farley Center was created in 2014 to be a leader in conducting policy studies, relevant to health and health care challenges, disseminating evidence to those positioned to use it in their decision-making issues related to health policy for the University, and to be a leader locally and nationally on a variety of topic areas. Under Dr. Miller’s leadership, the Farley Health Policy Center worked on four main areas: behavioral health integration, payment reform, workforce, and community-based prevention. He remains a Senior Advisor to the Farley Center. Dr. Miller has been a principal investigator on several federal grants, foundation grants, and state contracts related to comprehensive primary care and mental health, behavioral health, and substance use integration. He led the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral and Primary Care project as well as the lead investigator on the Sustaining Healthcare Across Integrated Primary Care Efforts (SHAPE) project. In addition, he was the lead author on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Whole Health report, which provided specific direction to advance mental health nationally. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Miller has written and published extensively on enhancing the evidentiary support for integrated models, increasing the training and education of behavioral health providers in medical settings, and the need to address specific health policy and payment barriers for successful integration. He was the section editor for Health and Policy for Families, Systems and Health and a current member of editorial board for the journal as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice. Dr. Miller has been a technical expert panelist for CMS on Quality Measure Development for Medicaid Beneficiaries with: Substance Use Disorders; Complex Needs and High Costs; and Physical/Mental Health Integration Needs as well as for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program on integration. Miller is a past President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national not-for- profit organization pushing for patient-centered integrated health care, a faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and currently a Board Member for Mental Health Colorado. He has received numerous awards for his work on mental health and integration. Dr. Miller’s research interests include models of integrating mental health and substance use, primary care practice redesign, using practice-based research networks to advance whole person health care, financing health care, and health policy. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including NBC News, USA Today, NPR, PBS News Hour, and many more. Outside of his job, Dr. Miller enjoys playing music, mountain biking, rock climbing, and painting. He and his family live in Denver, Colorado.

Contact: ben@wellbeingtrust.org

 

Solome Tibebu, is an investor and behavioral health technology strategist who is passionate about frontier technologies transforming health, equity and access. Solome is an investor at Launchpad Digital Health, the most active early-stage venture capital firm in digital health. Prior to joining Launchpad, Solome worked in corporate development at Affiniti, was the founder and CEO of behavioral health tech company Cognific, and served as an enterprise sales leader at healthcare software companies large and small. She is an advisor to the Telosity mental health tech fund, Bring Change 2 Mind and other health IT and human services companies. Solome is the co-author of ReThink Behavioral Health Innovation, the source for digital behavioral health technology and startups. Her work as an investor, entrepreneur and behavioral health technology expert has been featured in: TEDx speaker, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc Magazine, Upworthy, Psychology Today and more. Solome is the recipient of the SAMHSA National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Youth MOVE National Dare to Dream Award (Washington, D.C.), the MN Association of Children’s Mental Health 2010 Outstanding Service Award (Minneapolis, MN), the Margaret Clark Morgan Mental Health Scholar Award (Cleveland, OH), GSCU Dr. Martha L. Colvin Docent (Atlanta, GA), and was selected as 1 of 20 young social entrepreneurs to represent the US internationally at the G20 Summit Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Sydney, Australia.

Contact: solome@cognific.com