Steering Committee

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
2015 Psych 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.

Charles Raison, MD
2015 Psych Congress Co-Chair

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine; Barry and Janet Lang Professor, John & Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Mental Health Expert and Mind-Body Consultant for CNN.com; Scientific Vice-President, European Association of Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology

Dr. Charles Raison is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. Previously, he was an associate professor and the Clinical Director of the Mind-Body Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison serves as the mental health expert and mind-body consultant for CNN.com and Scientific Vice President for the European Association of Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Raison received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Missouri State Medical Association Award. He completed residency training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angeles.

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, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Georgia Department of Human Services. His research focuses on bi-directional relationships between stress and immune systems, as these relate to the development of depression in response to illness and psychosocial adversity. His research ranges from the use of cytokine antagonists for the treatment of major depression and immune system effects on central nervous system functioning to the application of compassion meditation as a strategy to reduce inflammatory responses to psychosocial stress. In addition, Dr. Raison is also on the editorial board of Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

Arauz_USPC2015 Eric Arauz, MLER
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 2102, Eric published his first book, An American’s Resurrection.

Jon W. Draud, MD, MS 
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN; Medical Director of Psychiatry, Addiction, and Medicine Services, Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN, and Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro, TN; 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.

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, TX; Executive Director, Mental Aerobics Project (MAP), Austin, TX

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 health care 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
Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC; Consulting Associate, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University, Durham, NC

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.  

Dr. Maletic, along with an experienced and diverse Advisory Board representing all members of the collaborative care team, will work with NACCME to develop the 2014 curriculum and supporting materials to provide a superior educational experience for all participants.

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, CA

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.