Meet The BC2M Team
Emeritus Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Ex Officio Founding Board
Bernice A. Pescosolido is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. She has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. More specifically, Pescosolido’s research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the “wires” through which people’s attitudes and actions are influenced. This agenda encompasses three basic areas: health care services, stigma, and suicide research. In the area of stigma research, Pescosolido has led a team of researchers on a series of national and international stigma studies including the first U.S national study in 40 years, the first national study of children’s mental health, and the first global study of 16 countries representing all six inhabited continents. As a result, she and her colleagues developed a model on the underlying roots of stigma, designed to provide a scientific foundation for new efforts to alter this basic barrier to care. Pescosolido has received numerous career, scientific, and community awards from the NIH, the ASA, the APHA, and Mental Health America, and in 2011 was the recipient of the prestigious Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University. She works closely with mental health advocacy organizations such as Bring Change 2 Mind and the Carter Center to use research to foster public awareness and improve public policy and decision-making regarding these devastating illnesses.
Margarita Alegría, PhD, is the Chief of the newly formed Disparities Research Unit, part of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Medicine, and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría has dedicated her career to generating knowledge that can be used to increase equity in behavioral health outcomes for disadvantaged and minority populations. Her research has integrated three methods: a multidisciplinary approach to research; a multi-level framework which gives necessary consideration to environmental and social context, the individual and family system; and a strong focus on which aspects of culture and context need to be addressed to improve health, as well as service delivery to disadvantaged populations. Dr. Alegría is currently the Principal and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: “International Latino Research Partnership”; and “Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety.” She is a PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project, “Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance & Care Continuation.”
Dr. Alegría has published extensively in the behavioral science field with over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services. She has presented at numerous international and local conferences, workshops, and panels; and is an active committee member of several national organizations including Institute of Medicine, National Hispanic Science Network, and Center for Health Policy Development. Dr. Alegría mentors many minority junior investigators and researchers from mentoring programs at Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Harvard University, and Harvard School of Public Health.
As an acknowledgement of her contributions and dedication to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. In 2003, she was awarded the Mental Health Section Award of American Public Health Association; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from APHA, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; Harold Amos Award from the Harvard Medical School, 2011, and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Alegría received the Frances J. Bonner Award in 2012, from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry, which was awarded for meritorious service in the mental health field for the ethnic and racial minority community. In 2013, Dr. Alegría was named to the 8th annual Powermeter 100, 2012-2013 by El Planeta (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) as one of the 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.
Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann became the Director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on August 1, 2002. Prior to that he served as Senior Adviser for Mental Health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization. While at the World Health Organization, Dr. Bornemann worked on the development of the World Health Report which focused on Mental Health.
Dr. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health working in all aspects including: clinical practice, research, research management, policy development and administration at the national level. Early in his career, Dr. Bornemann served in a psychiatric emergency clinic in San Francisco, CA. He has designed and developed a series of inpatient and outpatient services for a variety of populations including refugees at the National Institute of Mental Health. He was one of the leaders in developing a national mental health program for refugees. Dr. Bornemann served in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of International Health as the Chief of Refugee Health Programs.
In 1994, Dr. Bornemann was appointed the Deputy Director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that capacity, he had day-to-day responsibility for administering a national program which serves as the Federal focal point for mental health services. He was responsible for providing direction of a program of support to States and communities in service delivery, and in promoting knowledge development and application of best practices. During his tenure at the Center, Dr. Bornemann provided leadership in the development of the first ever Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health.
Among his areas of interest, Dr. Bornemann has expertise in humanitarian assistance in refugee and disaster situations and has published and lectured extensively in these areas. He has an overarching interest in overcoming the barriers to the application of research findings to practice settings and the integration of mental health into the larger public health arena. He has consulted extensively domestically and internationally. He formerly held an academic appointment in the Department of International Health, Division of Health Systems in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He received his doctorate in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. A career Public Health Officer, Dr. Bornemann retired at the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. Currently he holds an appointment in the Department of Health, Policy and Management in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to that, Corrigan was Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago. Corrigan is a licensed clinical psychologist setting up and providing services for people with serious mental illnesses and their families for more than 30 years. Corrigan has been principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation and consumer operated services. Twelve years ago, he became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, the only NIMH-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. The Chicago Consortium evolved into the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE) also supported by NIMH. Central to NCSE is the Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD) supported as a developing center in services research by NIMH. Located at IIT, CASD includes co-principal investigators from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple and Rutgers. One recent study supported by NIAAA, NIMH, and The Fogarty Center examined the stigma of mental illness endorsed by employers in Beijing, Chicago, and Hong Kong. In 2013, Corrigan took the helm of an NIH-funded grant on peer navigators meant to enhance integrated care experiences for African Americans with mental illness who are homeless. In 2014, Corrigan received a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to establish a peer navigator program to facilitate engagement with integrated care for Latinos with mental illness. Corrigan is a prolific researcher having authored or edited twelve books and more than 300 papers. He is editor of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Dr. Sara Hickmann is currently a Clinical and Performance Psychologist
for the Behavioral Health / Human Performance Program of Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. Previously, Dr. Hickmann served as a Clinical Counselor for the Fleet and Family Support Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, CA where she provided clinical support services to service members and their family members, including members of the Navy SEALS. Prior to this, Dr. Hickmann was the Clinical and Sport Psychologist on the medical staff of the New York Jets Football (2009-2014) and the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Team (2010-2014). In addition to her work with the teams, Dr. Hickmann had a private practice with offices in New York City and Morristown, New Jersey. She remains affiliated with Atlantic Sports Health, a division of Morristown Memorial Hospital. She was also a member of the Behavioral Health Team for LaPalestra, The Center for Preventative Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Hickmann served as the Director of Player Assistance Services in the Player Development Department at the National Football League from 2004-2009. In this role, she coordinated a number of their core programs, including Continuing Education, Life Skills, Internships, Financial Education, Players Assistance, and the player evaluations for the Personal Conduct Policy. Dr. Hickmann received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, her M.A. in Sport Psychology from San Diego State, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and is currently a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Hickmann worked in college athletics for approximately 15 years: she was the academic advisor for the football team at San Diego State University, was a Health Educator in the Athletics Department at the University of Virginia, and coordinated the academic program for the Athletics Department at the University of San Diego. Dr. Hickmann’s doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Impulsivity as Predictor of Athletic Success and Negative Consequences in NFL Football Players.”
Stephen Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Department Chair from 2004-2011, and is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. He received his B.A. from Harvard (1974, summa cum laude), and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA (1983). After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Langley Porter Institute (UCSF), he joined the Berkeley faculty. His work focuses on developmental psychopathology: peer and family relationships, neuropsychological risk factors, pharmacologic and psychological interventions for children with ADHD, assessment and evaluation, conceptual and definitional issues, mental health problems in teenage girls, the stigmatization of mental illness, and international training efforts. He has directed summer research camps and conducted longitudinal studies for boys and (more recently) for girls with ADHD and related disorders, having received over $14 million in NIH funding. Hinshaw has authored over 225 articles, chapters, and reviews plus 7 books, including The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change (Oxford University Press, 2007), and The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures (Random House, 2009). Two more books are in preparation (ADHD and public policy; a memoir of growing up in a home with severe mental illness). He is editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in the field of general psychology, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution in Psychology Award from the California State Psychological Association (2009) and the Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Letters and Sciences, UC Berkeley (2001). His 24-lecture series for the Teaching Company, entitled “Origins of the Human Mind,” was released in 2010.
Bennett Leventhal, M.D. was born in Chicago and grew up in Arkansas, Illinois, and Louisiana. After receiving his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Leventhal completed child and adolescent psychiatry training at Duke University, serving there as chief resident and junior faculty member. Following two years as a medical officer at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, Dr. Leventhal joined the University of Chicago; there he served as Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for more than two decades. In recognition of his distinguished services, he remains the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago. Dr. Leventhal moved to the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the Institute for Juvenile Research where he was Professor and Director of the Center for Child Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience. After five years as Deputy Director, Nathan S. Kline Institute of Psychiatric Research, in 2014, Dr. Leventhal moved the University of California San Francisco where he is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Deputy Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the UCSF STAR Center for Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Dr. Leventhal is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Leventhal has been a leader in national and regional efforts to promote children’s mental health research and to create comprehensive, cutting-edge systems of care for children’s mental health. These efforts include membership on the Board of The Northwestern University Child and Family Justice Center and, Directorship of the State of Illinois Autism Project. He is also highly regarded more broadly in the field of medicine as exemplified by his prior membership of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Illinois State Medical Board.
Dr. Leventhal has a distinguished internationally reputation as a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is recognized for his leadership and expertise in fostering scientific career development, training, and broad-based collaborative research networks that span from molecular genetics to community service and public health. These efforts have led to the creation of outstanding clinical research programs that have developed and shaped scientific approaches to the study of early emerging childhood disorders. His has displayed a significant talent in fostering career development and, the passion he conveys about the importance of child and adolescent psychiatric research has played a role in launching the careers of many distinguished clinical scientists, around the country and around the world.
Dr. Leventhal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 50th Anniversary Distinguished Service Medal and the Edithe J. Levitt Award for Distinguished Service from the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is also honored by Adjunct Professorial Appointments in the University of Illinois Department of Disability and Human Development and Yonsei University Department of Psychiatry in Seoul, Korea.
Dr. Leventhal is also a determined advocate for children’s mental health and has greatly enhanced the lives of children and families through his devotion to clinical care and his broad-based influence on policy and practice. Dr. Leventhal has directed a number of initiatives to advance cutting-edge translational research on the causes and prevention of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Leventhal’s research focuses on disruptions in brain development that interfere with social functioning, including the molecular genetics of autism and the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders. His wide-ranging scientific contributions are reflected in his current efforts to develop research programs in integrated pediatric mental health services, pediatric psychopharmacology, bullying, epidemiology and the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Elyn R. Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; and Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Professor Saks received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University, where she was class Valedictorian; an M.Litt. in philosophy from Oxford University, where she was on a Marshall Scholarship; a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor on the Yale Law Journal; and a Ph.D in Psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she was awarded the Jaque Brien Prize. Saks was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D., Hon.) from Pepperdine University.
Saks writes extensively in the area of law and mental health, having published five books and more than forty articles and book chapters. For example, she has published on multiple personality disorder and criminal law (Jekyll on Trial, with Stephen Behnke, NYU Press); and on refusal of care in psychiatry (Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill, University of Chicago Press). Current projects include empirical studies on high functioning people with schizophrenia.
Saks’ most recent book, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (Hyperion, 2007), is a departure from her academic writing. Her memoir describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself in the face of a dire prognosis. Saks’ memoir has won numerous honors, including New York Times Extended Best Sellers List, Time Magazine Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year Award, and Books for a Better Life Inspirational Memoir Award.
Saks is also a 2009 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “Genius Grant”).
Indeed, Saks has taken part of that grant to found the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC, a think tank that studies issues at the intersection of law, mental health, and ethics. On her board she has many prominent people, including Glenn Close, Oliver Sacks, Kitty Dukakis, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandell, and psychiatry professor and consumer, Kay Jamison. The Institute is a research institute that Saks hopes will become the go-to place for policy makers facing hard decisions in mental health law.
Dr. Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych, obtained his M.D. in Zagreb (Croatia). He specialized in neurology and psychiatry and subsequently obtained a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in psychology (Ph.D.). He carried out clinical work and research and taught at graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Zagreb, at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, at the University of Geneva and elsewhere.
Dr. Sartorius joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and soon assumed charge of the programme of epidemiology and in social psychiatry. He was the principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, on depression and on health service delivery. He was responsible for WHO’s work on the classification of mental and neurological disorders. In 1977, he became the first Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO, a position which he held until mid-1993. In June 1993 Professor Sartorius was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and served as its President until August 1999. Subsequently he became President of the Association of European Psychiatrists (EAP) a position held until December 2001. He is the President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and a member of the Geneva Prize Foundation having been its President 2004-2008. Dr Sartorius holds professorial appointments at the Universities of London, Prague and Zagreb and at several other universities in the USA and China. He is a Senior Associate of the Faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.
Professor Sartorius has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored books and edited a number of others.
Professor Sartorius is a corresponding member of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine and a honorary member of the Medical Academies of Croatia, Mexico and Peru. He holds honorary doctorates of the Universities of Bath, Copenhagen, Prague and Umea and is a honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, of the American College of Psychiatry and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Honorary Member of numerous professional associations and advisory boards, both national and international. He is the Co-editor of three scientific journals and a member of editorial and advisory boards of many scientific journals.
He speaks Croatian, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
David Satcher, MD, PhD is Director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute which was established in 2006 at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Satcher was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in 1998. His tenure of public service also includes serving as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was the first person to have served as Director of the CDC and then Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Satcher has held top leadership positions at the Charles R. Drew University for Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is assistant director for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism of the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Ms. Shimkets develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States, Romania, and Colombia to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses. The fellowship program has been sustained in New Zealand as the New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants Program through a partnership between Like Minds, Like Mine and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand and within South Africa through the support of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Ms.Shimkets is also an active participant on advisory boards and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media. Ms. Shimkets received her master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College.
Heather Stuart, MA (Sociology, University of Western Ontario), PhD (Epidemiology, University of Calgary) is a Full Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the holder of the Bell Canada Chair in Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Stuart is cross appointed to the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s. Dr. Stuart is also the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma initiative and the Chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s Stigma and Mental Health Scientific Section. Dr. Stuart’s research program focuses on mental health services research with a specific focus on the destigmatization of mental illnesses. She has contributed to the peer reviewed scientific literature in the areas of mental health needs assessments; suicide and suicide prevention; stigma and stigma reduction; and workplace mental health and is the co-author of several books. Her most recent books deal with anti-stigma programming and human rights legislation.
- Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
- Professor of Community Psychiatry, King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry
- Director: King’s Improvement Science, King’s Health Partners
- Chair: Maudsley International
Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (KCL) and is a member of the Health Service and Population Research Department at KCL. Since 2010, he has been Director of King’s Improvement Science at King’s Health Partners and he now serves at the Chairman of Maudsley International.
Graham took his undergraduate degree at Cambridge in Social and Political Science, trained in Psychiatry at the Maudsley and Johns Hopkins Hospitals and gained an MSC in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in a local community mental health team. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.
Graham has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in the UK including Chairing the External Reference Group which lead to the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009.
He is also active in global mental health, for example, he chaired the Guideline Development Group for the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Intervention Guide, a practical support for primary care staff to treat people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in low and lower middle incomes.
His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development and use of outcome scales, cost-effectiveness evaluations of mental health treatments, and global mental health. Graham has authored or edited 29 books and over 335 peer-reviewed papers in Pubmed.