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Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee, overseen by APA's Office of Scientific Program within the Division of Education, evaluates abstract submissions for the Mental Health Services Conference and curates the scientific program. Representing psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, including psychologists, nurses, and social workers, this year's multidisciplinary committee is instrumental in recommending and assembling key invited speakers, as well as new offerings, to produce the conference's high-caliber educational content.

APA President

Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D. – Psychiatrist

Program Chair

Lawrence Malak, M.D. – Psychiatrist


  • Celeste Peay, M.D., J.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Christopher T. Lim, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Curtis Adams, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Donna Rolin, Ph.D., A.P.R.N. – Nurse Practitioner
  • Dwight E. Kemp, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Francis Lu, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Javeed Sukhera, M.D., Ph.D. – Psychiatrist
  • John Santopietro, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • John Torous, M.D., M.B.I. – Psychiatrist
  • Karthik Sivashanker, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.P.S. – Psychiatrist
  • Kenneth Duckworth, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Lisa Razzano, Ph.D., C.P.R.P. – Psychologist
  • Madhavi Prakash, M.D., Ph.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Margaret Balfour, M.D., Ph.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Monica Harrison, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. – Social Worker
  • Robert Cotes, M.D. – Psychiatrist
  • Sherin Khan, L.C.S.W. – Social Worker
  • Sidney Hankerson, M.D., M.B.A. – Psychiatrist

APA Administration

  • Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E, FRCPsych
    CEO and Medical Director
  • Vishal Madaan, M.D.
    Deputy Medical Director and Chief, Division of Education
  • Leon Lewis
    Director, Scientific Programs and Division of Education
  • Amy N. Cohen, Ph.D.
    Director, SMI Adviser
  • Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq.
    Executive Director, APA Foundation

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