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Keynote Speaker

Addressing Mental Health: A Time That's Come

Luci Baines Johnson

As the daughter of President and Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson, Luci Baines Johnson has deep roots in public service. She has dedicated her life to issues of social justice, the environment, healthcare, education, and voting rights while also making an impact in the business world.
She is co-founder of LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, a family-owned wealth management firm in Austin, Texas, has served as Chairman of the Board of the LBJ Holding Company, and was also a co-founder of BusinesSuites, LP, a top-10 executive suite operator until its sale in 2015.
Ms. Johnson’s work in the 1960s with Head Start, a federal program focusing on the education of preschoolers, allowed her a foray into the crucial field of early childhood education. From there, she helped to create Volunteers for Vision, a national organization that provided visual screening services to children in the Head Start programs. 
Ms. Johnson has served on many important boards and philanthropic campaign initiatives, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine National Leaders Council, the SAFE Alliance, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, MD Anderson, and Dell Children’s Hospital. She is involved with numerous university initiatives from Austin to Boston and was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University, her alma mater, in 2018.
Currently much of her day is spent on voting rights and social justice issues speaking, writing, marching, and urging Congress to act.
Ms. Johnson is the devoted wife of Ian Turpin and the mother to four grown children and an adult stepson. Together, she and her husband share 14 grandchildren. Wanting to leave behind a better world, like her parents did for her, Ms. Johnson is creating her own mighty shadow for them to walk in.

Presidential Keynote - Helen Mayberg, MD

Recovery is Not Linear:  Insights from Studies of DBS for Depression

It is more than 15 years since the first proof-of-principle report of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for treatment resistant depression. Initial studies were catalyzed by critical
clinical need, informed by converging findings from imaging studies of depression pathophysiology and antidepressant treatment, and operationalized using established standards for movement disorder surgery with subsequent trial-and-error behavior testing during ongoing chronic stimulation at individual contacts on each implanted DBS electrode. As subcallosal cingulate DBS has evolved and matured, neuroimaging continues to play a crucial role, with implementation of refined multimodal techniques for surgical targeting, and emerging clues as to which patients are most likely to benefit. Additional perspectives on trajectory, time-course, and sustainability of DBS effects have been advanced by engineering and device innovations that address mechanisms at the neural level. Current studies are further poised to explore strategies to maximize rehabilitative
gains of patients once the DBS itself is optimized. Together, these studies provide a unique opportunity to link first person experiences to changes in brain state, towards a more
comprehensive understanding of depression, recovery and resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • State sources of variance that impact clinical outcomes in patients receiving DBS for TRD.
  • Critique the use of novel biometrics to track clinical outcomes beyond standard rating scales.
  • Appreciate the need for adjunctive rehabilitative strategies to maximize recovery and resilience in implanted patients.

Helen Mayberg, MD is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and the Mount Sinai Professor in Neurotherapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine where she serves as founding Director of the Nash Family Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics. Dr. Mayberg trained in Neurology at Columbia's Neurological Institute in New York, followed by a research fellowship in nuclear medicine at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors among other honors. Over her career, she and her colleagues have characterized neural systems mediating major depression and its recovery, defined imaging-based illness subtypes to optimize treatment selection and introduced the first use of deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant patients.  

Jerilyn Ross Lecture

This special lecture honors the memory of Jerilyn Ross, one of ADAA’s founders and a pioneer in the mental health field. Jerilyn served as president and CEO for 25 years until her death in 2010. She was an ardent public advocate and clinician. Jerilyn had her first panic attack in her twenties, and she talked openly about feeling frightened and alone. After finding treatment, Jerilyn’s commitment to helping others spurred the founding of ADAA. Her vision was to bring together clinicians, researchers, and patients in support of advancing science, treatment, and education. 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): Science, Practice, Economics, and Politics

David M. Clark, DPhil CBE FBA FMedSci FAcSS HonFBPs

Dr. David Clark is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Oxford and a National Clinical Adviser at the Department of Health. 

Dr. Clark is well-known for his research on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2000, Dr. Clark became Head of Psychology and co-founded the Center for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Institute of Psychiatry and associated Maudsley Hospital along with fellow Oxford psychologists trauma-specialist Anke Ehlers, and OCD-specialist Paul Salkovskis.

Alongside economist Richard Layard, Dr. Clark was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program in 2003. IAPT has grown each year since 2008 and now sees over 1 million people each year. 

Dr. Clark has won numerous awards in the UK and the USA. In 2013, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours for services to mental health. Recognition of his work also includes Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.

In 2014, with Layard, he published the book Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies, in which Dr. Clark demonstrates the potential value of the wider availability of modern talking therapies and argue for fresh policy approaches to how we think about and deal with mental illness.

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