Steering Committee

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC - Full Bio

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, California

Andrew Penn was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing. Mr. Penn is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, CA, where he provides psychopharmacological treatment for adult patients and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders and PTSD. He is a former board member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California Chapter, and has presented nationally on improving medication adherence, emerging drugs of abuse, treatment-resistant depression, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, and the art and science of psychopharmacologic practice.

Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, DFAPA - Full Bio

Clinical Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Senior, Physician Assistant, Mental Health Services, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas, Texas

Catherine Judd, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, DFAAPA, is a Senior Physician Assistant (PA) at Parkland Health and Hospital System, Jail Mental Health Program in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Judd is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Southwestern School of Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies and a Psychiatry Preceptor at the University of Texas Dallas PA Program. She was among the first to earn the NCCPA CAQ in Psychiatry.

Ms. Judd is a national speaker for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Collaborative Risk Management Reduction initiative on prescribing opiates, a participant in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Blending Initiative. She has served a six-year term as representative of the AAPA on the Accreditation Review Commission for PA Programs, and on the NCCPA CAQ Advisory Committee. Her clinical practice over the past thirty years has been primarily mental health, substance use, and primary care. She has worked internationally in Egypt, for the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan, as well as for a private aid organization in Ghana. Ms. Judd has a special interest in patients with serious mental illness as well as geriatric patients with mood disorders and cognitive decline.


Charles Raison, MD - Full Bio

2016 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress Co-Chair

Mike and Mary Sue Endowed Chair in Mind, Body, and Family Well-being Professor; School of Human Ecology Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mike and Mary Sue Shannon Endowed Chair in Mind, Body, and Family Well-being and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to this he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona.

Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.”

Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Usona Institute. He is the mental health expert for

Eric Arauz, MLER - Full Bio

President, Trauma Institute of New Jersey, LLC; Adjunct Instructor, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Considered one of the best pure orators in the United States, Eric Arauz is lead trainer and international keynote speaker through his consulting firm, A.I.E., specializing in living with trauma/PTSD, suicide-related issues, child abuse, veterans issues, and addiction. Having suffered extensive child abuse at the hands of a father with mental illness, and his own institutionalization in 1995, Eric speaks openly about his personal “triumph over the demons of substance abuse, child abuse, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder” and how the mental health community can better serve their patients.    

Eric holds a BA in American Studies from Rutgers University with High Honors and a Masters Degree from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management of Labor Relations. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Special State Officer on the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, a 2009 SAMHSA/US Dept. of Health and Human Services "Voice Award" recipient, and New York Times contributor. In 2012, Eric published his first book, An American’s Resurrection.

James Cannon, PhD, MS, PA-C, CAQ-Psy, DFAPA - Full Bio

Associate Professor, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona; Senior Psychiatric Physician Assistant, Community Health Systems, Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center, Emporia, Virginia

James Cannon, DHA, MBA, PA-C, of Chesapeake, Virginia, is a primary care and psychiatric certified Physician Assistant (PA) who works in a rural inpatient and outpatient hospital based setting. He’s a recently retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer with 31 years of military service where he was a healthcare executive and practicing PA. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of the NCCPA, where he served 8 years as a director at large as the only certifying body for 100,000 PAs nationwide.

Dr. Cannon received his PA training and Masters of Science from the Arizona School of Health Sciences/A. T. Still University while additionally holds a Masters of Business Administration and a doctorate in health care administration. He is a certified PA and with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry.

In addition to authoring numerous articles in medical journals and books, Dr. Cannon works with numerous professional groups, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Virginia Association of PAs, and Association of PAs in Psychiatry.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of A.T. Still University as the only non-physician/dentist director. In this role he helps guide the envisioned future of the 125 year founding school of Osteopathy. He is the first and only PA on the Board of Trustees for South Hampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Virginia.

James and his wife reside in Chesapeake, Virginia with two dogs while his daughter attends the University of Texas, in Arlington.

Jon W. Draud, MD, MS - Full Bio

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee; Medical Director of Psychiatry, Trust Point Psychiatric Hospital and St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee; Medical Director and Principal, Evelyn Frye Associates, Nashville, Tennessee; Private Practice, Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Jon W. Draud received his MS in pharmacology and his MD at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. His postgraduate medical education took place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he completed a residency in psychiatry. A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Draud is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is active in teaching medical students and residents, and he has delivered more than 3,500 professional lectures to medical personnel.

Dr. Draud serves on numerous advisory boards, is an active national-level speaker for several companies, and is involved in neurobiological initiatives related to psychiatric illness. Dr. Draud has been involved in designing and implementing several neurobiology projects, including the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, and pain, with an emphasis on fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. Most recently, he was appointed by the MJ Consulting Group to its Neuroscience Advisory Council and is one of the four founding members of the Integrative Neurobiology Educational Institute, which is a nationally-based think tank aimed at raising public awareness about the neurobiological underpinnings common among many psychiatric disease states.

Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP, PMHCNS - Full Bio

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago; Administrative Director, Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic, Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center, Department of Psychiatry, Chicago, Illinois

Julie Carbray holds her PhD and Master of Science degrees from Rush University, Chicago and her Bachelors of Science degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has been on faculty at UIC since 1993.  As the Administrative Director of the Pediatric Mood Disorder Program, Dr. Carbray manages the clinical programs and multidisciplinary training for the clinic and is a clinical expert in the area of children and adolescents with mood disorders within the UIC Depression and Resilience Center. As a clinician, Dr. Carbray has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders, and was recognized by the UIC community in 2008 by receiving the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Best Practices in Outpatient Mental Health Nursing Award. In 2012, Dr. Carbray was awarded the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Inspire award for her long standing commitment to UIC values and her inspiration of others in her work.

With a particular focus on helping families to help their children with mood disorders, Dr. Carbray is engaged in programs of research that are investigating the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, neurobiology of mood disorders and neurobiologically informed treatments, and family response to childhood mood disorders.  Dr. Carbray has also been a liaison with the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, which trains officers about interacting with children with mental illness.  Dr. Carbray is an internationally recognized speaker and clinical expert on therapeutic work with children and adolescents with mood disorders and has co-authored scientific papers and chapters in this area of expertise. Dr. Carbray is a leader in the field of advanced practice psychiatric nursing, and chairs the American Psychiatric Nurses Assocation Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute, the APNA Child and Adolescent Council and serves on the Illinois APNA Board of Directors.

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH - Full Bio

2016 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress Co-Chair

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Midland, Texas

Dr. Rakesh Jain attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India and attended graduate school at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where he was awarded the National Institute/CDC Competitive Traineeship. He graduated from the School of Public Health in 1987 with a master of public health (MPH) degree. After graduate school, he was a postdoctoral fellow in research psychiatry, under the Gerontology Center of the University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute in Houston where he received a national research service award for the support of the postdoctoral fellowship. After this, he served a three-year residency in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and two years of child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

Dr. Jain is currently involved in multiple research projects studying the effects of medications on short-term and long-term treatment of depression, anxiety, pain/mood overlap disorders, and psychosis in adult and child/adolescent populations. He is also the author of several articles on the issue of mood and pain conditions. He was recently named Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Gulf Coast Chapter, in recognition of community and peer education and championing of mental health issues.

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC - Full Bio

Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Austin, Texas

Dr. Saundra Jain is the executive director of the Mental Aerobics Project focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client outcomes. Dr. Jain provides workshops to healthcare practitioners, organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in learning more about the power of wellness. In 1992, she launched a private practice of psychotherapy, where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues.

Dr. Jain is very active in the area of peer-to-peer education, especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She is the co-creator and co-presenter of a novel and extremely well-received interactive workshop/program addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric comorbidities through the use of psychiatric scales and screeners. This program reached a national audience, and according to many attendees changed the way they practice medicine. She has been instrumental in developing several other innovative tools/programs to fill current gaps in this area. She is the co-creator and co-presenter featured on an interactive DVD titled Differentiating Bipolar Depression from Unipolar Depression. Recently, Dr. Jain served as the co-host of Depression in Relationships, a medical education program broadcast in 20 major cities in the United States on several major television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX) and the Voice of America national news and talk radio system. She is also the senior coauthor of two very well-received books that were written for clients: Unleashed: Transforming My Battle With Depression and Unleashed: 12-Weeks to Total Mental Fitness, both directed toward the needs of patients struggling with mental health issues.

She obtained her master's degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a doctoral degree from Southern California University for Professional Studies. She demonstrated her professional versatility by obtaining an MBA from Texas Woman’s University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has extensive clinical training in multiple sites, covering the gamut of childhood, adolescent and adult experiences in the private and the public sectors. She was selected for a postgraduate clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Vladimir Maletic, MD, MS - Full Bio

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, South Carolina; Consulting Associate, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 

Dr. Vladimir Maletic is clinical professor of neuropsychiatry and behavioral science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, and consulting associate in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Maletic received his MD in 1981 and his MS in neurobiology in 1985, both at the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia. He went on to serve a residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, followed by a residency in child psychiatry at Duke University. Dr. Maletic is a member of several professional organizations, including the Southern Psychiatric Association and American College of Psychiatrists. In addition, he has published numerous articles and has participated in various national and international meetings and congresses. His special areas of interest include neurobiology of mood disorders, pain, schizophrenia, ADHD, and regulation of sleep and wakefulness. Dr. Maletic is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.