Keris Jän Myrick, MBA, MS

Presenting Friday, May 31

Keris Jän Myrick is Discipline Chief for Peer Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. She served previously as Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), SAMHSA. Ms. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive known for innovative, inclusive approaches to mental health reform as well as disclosure of her personal story. Ms. Myrick has over 15 years of experience in mental health service innovations, transformation, and peer workforce development. She previously served as President/CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a peer-run nonprofit; the President of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); and as a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association’s Office of Minority and National Affairs (OMNA). An author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Ms. Myrick is an in-demand national trainer and keynote speaker.

Ms. Myrick has an MS degree (industrial-organizational psychology) and an MBA degree (marketing emphasis).



Andrés Felipe Sciolla, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Presenting Saturday, June 1

Dr. Sciolla is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. He is an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center (BHC) of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Instructor of Record for the Doctoring 2 course at the school of medicine. He is co-founder of the RESTART Program (Resilience, Education and Supportive Tools for Adults Recovering from Trauma) at BHC.  Dr. Sciolla is a board-certified psychiatrist who graduated from the University of Chile School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency training at UC San Diego.

Dr. Sciolla’s interest focuses on the effects of exposure to social disadvantage and interpersonal adversities during childhood on physical and mental health. In this area, he has conducted research and developed innovative educational modules for undergraduate and graduate medical trainees. This interest stems from providing comprehensive psychiatric services to ethnic and sexual minorities, including refugees and immigrants, for over 15 years.


Previous keynote speakers:


Chamique Holdsclaw

Mental Health Advocate

Olympic Gold Medalist & Former WNBA Player

Chamique Holdsclaw was born and raised in Queens, NY, she first made her mark as a high school basketball star at Christ The King High School. She later accepted a full athletic scholarship to play collegiately for the perennial Women’s Basketball Powerhouse University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summit. She went on to have a stellar collegiate career that included leading the Lady Vols to three straight NCAA Championships, which was the first time that had ever been accomplished in Women’s College Basketball history. After her illustrious college basketball career, which included several All-American honors and countless other awards, Chamique would go on to be the #1 Pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft and she had the honor of winning an Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Aside from her outstanding athletic career, Chamique has dedicated her life’s work to mental health and wellness activism. As of late Chamique has devoted a lot of her focus and time making appearances and speaking at various conferences, panels, and events within the mental health community to share her own personal struggles with depression and how she has been able to seek help and manage her own mental health. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chamique is an ambassador with the JED Foundation and the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation as an advocate for mental health and wellness.


Wayne C. Drevets, M.D.

Scientific Council Member

Janssen Research and Development

Wayne C. Drevets, M.D. is the Director and President of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR), and the Oxley Professor of Neuroscience Research at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry in Tulsa. Dr. Drevets received a B.S. (Biology) degree from Wheaton College and an M.D. degree from the University of Kansas. He completed residency training in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) before ultimately attaining the rank of tenured Associate Professor in their Department of Psychiatry. In 2009 Dr. Drevets joined the newly formed LIBR to lead a multidisciplinary team that is acquiring neuroimaging, biochemical, genetic and clinical data to investigate the interrelationships between biomarkers, genotype, illness course, and treatment outcome in mood disorders. Dr. Drevets is a past recipient of Young Investigator and Independent Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), and is listed in the Best Doctors in America. He serves on the boards for American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Society for Neuroscience, Society for Biological Psychiatry the MRC Behavioral & Clinical Neuroscience Centre at Cambridge University, and the ORWH-NIMH SCOR: Center for Sex Differences in Depression at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drevets has published over 300 articles and chapters that have been cumulatively cited more than 10,000 times in the scientific literature, with major themes of his studies including: characterizing the pathophysiology of mood disorders, delineating neural circuits in which dysfunction leads to development of abnormal mood episodes, investigating the neural mechanisms of antidepressant and mood stabilizing treatments, and developing novel therapeutics for depression.