Clarence E. Jordan
Value Options, Inc.
Clarence Jordan is Vice President of Wellness and Recovery, Beacon Health Options where he leads a multidisciplinary team devoted to providing recovery-based services, including a network of peers who work directly with adults and families. Mr. Jordan has worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and served two terms on the national board of directors. As a member of his local affiliate he developed “A Family Guide on Mental Illness, What Every Family Needs to Know.” As a result of his work in the African American community his State Office was presented with the 2006 NAMI Multi-Culture Outreach Award. Mr. Jordan also serves on the board of directors of SourceAmerica whose mission it is to promote competitive employment of individuals with major disabilities. Mr. Jordan is a national spokesperson and author on peer services, wellness and recovery, and the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse. Mr. Jordan received the Consumer Leadership Award at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) 2010 National Voice Awards. He was selected as the 2014 Peer Specialist of the Year by the National Council on Community Behavioral Health. Mr. Jordan earned an M.B.A. at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California.
Annie Lang is distinguished professor of telecommunications and cognitive science at Indiana University. Her research seeks to explain how people process mediated messages. To date this work has produced a general data-driven model of mediated message processing. This research has resulted in over 100 academic publications and been supported by almost 3 million dollars in grants. She is serving a three-year term as editor of the journal Media Psychology, is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and is recipient of ICA’s Steven H. Chaffee career productivity award. Dr. Lang earned her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets
The Carter Center
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is associate director for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism of the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Ms. Shimkets developed and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to approximately ten professional journalists in the United States and Colombia to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesse. Within the Carter Center Mental Health Program she also designs new initiatives related to stigma reduction and measurement and advises on programming including the annual national symposium. Ms. Shimkets is an active leader in the field participating on advisory boards, committees, and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media. Ms. Shimkets received a M.S. in community counseling from Georgia State University.
Bernice A. Pescosolido
Indiana State University
Bernice A. Pescosolido is distinguished professor of sociology at Indiana University and director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. In the area of stigma research, Dr. 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. Her research 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. Dr. Pescosolido has received numerous career, scientific, and community awards including the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale University, the Carl A. Taube Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Mental Health Services Research from the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association, and the Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health from the American Sociological Association. Dr. Pescosolido earned a M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.
Lenox Hill Hospital
Ruth Shim is vice chair of education and faculty development in the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Formerly, she was an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the associate director of Behavioral Health at the National Center for Primary Care. Her research interests include mental health stigma, integration of primary care and behavioral health care, and mental health disparities. She is co-editor of an upcoming book on the social determinants of mental health, to be published by American Psychiatric Publishing. Dr. Shim has ongoing collaborative relationships with the Carter Center Mental Health Program, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Shim is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a member of the Preventive Psychiatry and Fellowship Committees of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. She received a M.P.H. in health policy and a M.D. from Emory University.
Eric R. Wright
Georgia State University
Eric R. Wright is professor of sociology and public health at Georgia State University and a Second Century Initiative (2CI) faculty in the Atlanta Census Research Data - Health Policy and Risky Behaviors Cluster. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University, Dr. Wright was a professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Center for Health Policy in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As a medical sociologist, his research interests center on social and public policy responses to mental health and illness, substance use and addictions, sexual health, and HIV/STI prevention. In addition, Dr. Wright is actively involved in conducting research to understand and ameliorate health problems and disparities in minority and other vulnerable communities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. He has extensive experience in working with community organizations as well as local and state government to better understand community health needs and improve the effectiveness of health- and healthcare- related programs and policies. He is or has been the principal or co-principal investigator of numerous federal and state-funded research and evaluation projects and has published many policy briefs, technical reports, and peer-reviewed scientific papers which have appeared in medical sociology as well as interdisciplinary health, psychiatric, and health policy journals. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Lisa M. Vandemark - (Staff Officer)
National Research Council
Lisa M. Vandemark, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer
Lisa M. Vandemark is board certified and licensed as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse in the District of Columbia where she maintains a clinical practice working with children and families. In her previous tenure at the Academies from 1998-2005, Lisa directed two standing committees at the National Research Council’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and several consensus studies at both the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. These activities focused primarily on social and environment influences on health and health outcomes in the United States and in developing countries. From 2006 to 2010, Lisa was on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina where she taught in the psychiatric nurse practitioner and global health programs. During that time, she was also a consultant and Fulbright scholar in Northeast Thailand and Laos, and is currently on the Fulbright Specialist roster for global and community health. At the American Nurses Association from 2011-2013, Lisa was Assistant Director for Research and the main faculty liaison for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Most recently, she has been a nurse consultant at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing and Public Health. Lisa Vandemark holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Rutgers University and Catholic University respectively, and a master’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Brussels, and PhD in Geography from Rutgers University.