Ross Baldessarini, Stephen Brady, Laurie Craigen, Ramani Durvasula, Shawn Shea, Ronald Siegel

Ross Baldessarini, MD, MA (hon.), DSc (hon.), DLFAPA, FACP, FACNP, FCINP

Ross Baldessarini, M.D., Dr. Sc. (hon), is Professor of Psychiatry and in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Director Emeritus of the Psychopharmacology Program and Director of the International Consortium for Bipolar & Psychotic Disorders Research at McLean Hospital. Dr. Baldessarini is known for his research and teaching in psychopharmacology and general psychiatry. He is the author of over 2,323 scientific papers and several books, including Chemotherapy in Psychiatry: Principles and Practice, 3rd edition (2013), and for many years the chapters on psychopharmacology in the standard textbook of pharmacology, Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. He has served on many editorial boards, including that of the American Journal of Psychiatry and JAMA Psychiatry. For his exceptional teaching skills, Dr. Baldessarini was awarded the first prestigious New England Edcuational Institute (NEEI) Mental Health Educator of the Year award.

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Stephen Brady, PhD

CME Course Director
Assistant Dean- Graduate Medical Sciences
Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Stephen Brady is the Course Director for SSMHP and the Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences at the Boston University School of Medicine. He also maintains a private practice in the Boston area where for over 30 years he has primarily worked with the LGBTQI population. . He is the past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Council on Psychology and AIDS. Dr. Brady has a long history of presentations, research and publications germae to risky behavior Dr. Brady’s research and training interests include HIV and serious mental disorders including trauma, risk behavior and he has led or been part of several federally funded projects in these areas. He recently was the Principal Investigator I for an NIH Project (2010-2015) examining Motivational Approaches for HIV prevention for mentally ill and homeless adults.

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Laurie Craigen, PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC

Laurie Craigen PhD, LMHC-MA, LPC-VA, NCC, CCMHC is an Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. She also maintains a private practice in the Boston area. Laurie has over 10 years of counseling experience in a variety of different settings. While she currently sees clients with diverse presenting problems, her primary clinical interests and experience are with self-injurious behavior and trauma. She regularly integrates the creative and expressive arts into her work with clients and supervises. In 2016, she was received Diplomate status from the American Mental Health Counselors Association as a clinical mental health specialist in child and adolescent counseling. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Her research interests include self-injurious behavior, suicide, trauma, and secondary traumatic stress. She is committed to teaching and raising awareness on these topics. In 2017, she was awarded with the Educator of the Year in Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine.

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Ramani Durvasula, PhD


Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2012. She is also a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist (Post Hill Press), and of You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life (Globe Pequot Press), as well as the author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. The focus of Dr. Durvasula’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. In 2019 her new book entitled “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: Staying Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility will be released (Post Hill Press).

Dr. Durvasula received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Dr. Durvasula is also involved in national governance in the field of psychology and is presently the chair of the Committee on Socioeconomic Status at the American Psychological Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association. Finally, her research on personality disorders and health was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 10 years.

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Shawn Shea, MD

Shawn Shea, M.D., is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (www.suicideassessment.com) and an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of clinical interviewing, creating resiliency, suicide prevention, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance. Dr. Shea has authored the award winning book on creating resilience in difficult times: Happiness Is., and his text, Psychiatric Interviewing: the Art of Understanding, 3rd Edition was chosen by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry. This book as well as his classic text The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment have become standard texts in graduate schools of social work, clinical psychology, counseling, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatry.
Dr. Shea is an extremely gifted teacher, whose vibrant story-telling skills and compelling videos have led to his receiving the Outstanding Course Award from the American Psychiatric Association, as well as garnering some of the highest evaluations in the over 30 year history of the Cape Cod Summer Symposia

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Ronald Siegel, PsyD

Ronald Siegel, Psy.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He’s a long-time student of mindfulness meditation, serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coeditor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; coauthor of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. Dr. Siegel is known as a down to earth, engaging, and entertaining presenter whose workshops regularly receive rave reviews.

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