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.
Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX; Director, Psychopharmacology Research, R/D Clinical Research Center, Lake Jackson, TX
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
Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
Dr. Saundra Jain is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate for the School of Nursing at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas. 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 co-morbidities 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.” Dr. Jain is also the senior co-author 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 towards the needs of patients struggling with mental health issues.
She obtained her Masters 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 both the private and the public sector. She was selected for a Postgraduate Clinical Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas where she trained in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, CNS, APRN-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco
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.
Charles Raison, MD
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; Behavioral Health Expert for CNN.com; Scientific Vice-President, European Association of Clinical Psychoneuroimmunology
Dr. Charles Raison is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Barry and Janet Lang Associate 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 and 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.