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Be Smart. Be Well. features interviews with leading authorities and health experts. The following subject matter experts are featured in the Mental Health: What Is It?, Mental Health: Why Does It Matter?, Mental Health: What Can I Do About It?, Teens and Depression: Top Five Signs to Look For, and Teens and Anxiety: What You Need to Know videos.

Donna Holland Barnes, PhD
Howard University Dept. of Psychiatry, President & Founder, National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide

Donna Holland Barnes, PhD, is the president and co-founder of the National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS). Dr. Barnes is on research faculty staff of Howard University's Department of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C., where she conducts Suicidology seminars with medical students. Dr. Barnes serves on the national board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Organization of Attempters and Survivors of Suicide (OASSIS). She also works closely with the American Association of Suicidology on evidence-based research and suicide among African Americans.

Julie Carbray, PhD
UIC Institute for Juvenile Research

A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Carbray is also the Administrative Director of the UIC Pediatric Mood Disorder Clinic. She 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. Carbray has also been a liaison with the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, which trains officers in interacting with children with mental illness. She has a national reputation of excellence in serving families of children with mood disorders and is the recipient of the Karen Gousman Excellence in Nursing Award and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA) Best Practices in Outpatient Mental Health Nursing Award.

Ken Duckworth, M.D.
Medical Director, NAMI

Dr. Duckworth serves as the Medical Director for NAMI. He is double board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry, and also completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School and has served as a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Prior to joining NAMI in 2003, Dr. Duckworth served as Acting Commissioner of Mental Health and the Medical Director for Department of Mental Health of Massachusetts and Medical Director of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Duckworth attended the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors and Temple University School of Medicine where he was named to the medical honor society, AOA. He is also a family member of a person living with mental illness.

Michael Fitzpatrick, MSW
Executive Director, NAMI

Fitzpatrick is the former long-time Executive Eirector of NAMI. Fitzpatrick's leadership of NAMI has coincided with enactment of mental health insurance parity in 2008 and passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2009; and under his leadership, NAMI became a leader in the effort to protect and strengthen Medicaid benefits for people living with mental illness. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director, Fitzpatrick served both as Director of NAMI's Policy Research Institute and NAMI's National Policy Director. He served in the Maine State Legislature and has held senior management positions in state government and nonprofit agencies in both the mental health and primary health sectors and in the private sector, developing successful education, employment, housing, outreach and rehabilitation programs.

Bennett Leventhal, M.D.
Director, UIC Institute for Juvenile Research

Dr. Leventhal, M.D., is the former Director of the UIC Institute for Juvenile Research, and current co-chair of Scientific Research Council at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. He is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His direction and vision have led to the creation of nationally prominent clinical research programs that continue to shape how we study childhood psychiatric disorders. Dr. Leventhal has championed initiatives to advance research on the molecular genetics of autism, the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders, and the brain mechanisms that interfere with social functioning. He also helped establish a global network of scientists who are currently investigating the origins of mental health disorders that emerge during the first few years of life.

Nada Stotland, M.D.
President, American Psychiatric Association

Dr. Stotland is the former President of the American Psychiatric Association and current Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Medical College. She is also an Editorial Board member of Psychiatric Times. Dr. Stotland earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, where she became Director of Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service and Director of Psychiatric Education. She later served as Medical Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Mental Health, and she subsequently became Chair of Psychiatry at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. She has written or edited nine books, two dozen book chapters and over 75 peer-reviewed articles. She is the recipient of the Francis Braceland and Alexandra Symonds awards of the APA, as well as the Lila Wallis Award of the American Medical Women’s Association.

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