Raynard S. Kington
Raynard S. Kington, is Head of School, Phillips Academy, Andover. Dr. Raynard S. Kington began his work as Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in July 2020. Prior to coming to Andover, he served for ten years as President of Grinnell College (2010-2020) and previously in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including NIH Principal Deputy Director and NIH Acting Director, NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Before NIH he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and served as Director of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). He has also been a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine – NAM) in 2006. Dr. Kington attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his B.S. with distinction and his M.D. and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his M.B.A. with distinction and his Ph.D. with a concentration in Health Policy and Economics at the Wharton School and was awarded a Fontaine Fellowship. He received his board certification in Internal Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine. His research has focused on the social determinants of health and more recently on diversity in the scientific workforce. Dr. Kington is married to Dr. Peter Daniolos, an adolescent psychiatrist. They have two sons.
Amy Lenhart is a licensed professional mental health counselor supervisor in the state of Texas (LPC-S) and also is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Amy has worked providing mental health counseling to students in the community college setting for over twenty years. Amy is currently serving community college students in her twentieth year as a mental health counselor for Collin College, and has previous work experience in a domestic violence agency. Amy holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology in Education graduating with honors. A strong believer in advocacy for students and college counseling, Amy has worked to promote awareness in her state and national leadership roles. She is a past- president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) becoming the first president elected from a community college. Amy has also served as a member at large for ACCA. Amy was elected president of the Texas College Counseling Association (TCCA) having previously held the positions of senator and treasurer. She also chaired an ex officio committee for TCCA that resulted in changes by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in regards to specific language concerning college counseling standards. Awards and honors include a leadership award from ACCA, the Texas College Counseling Association (TCCA) award for Outstanding College Counselor, as well as a merit award from the Texas Career Development Association. Amy has presented internationally, nationally, and in her state on college counseling and mental health topics. She has been quoted by The Straits Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Insight into Diversity, for her expertise regarding mental health issues in the college setting. She is also the co-author of a national research survey on college counseling.
Frances Leslie, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California Irvine (UCI), is a neuropharmacologist with a primary interest in the effects of drugs of abuse on the developing brain.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where she participated in landmark studies on the identification and mechanism of action of enkephalin, the first endorphin discovered. She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and the UC Tobacco Related Disease Research Program since establishing her laboratory in 1981. At UCI, she has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research from 1995-98, and Director of an NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Center from 1999-2005. With a strong commitment to graduate education, Dr. Leslie served as Dean of UCI Graduate Division from 2008-2019. In this capacity, she focused on building resources to attract and retain the best and brightest graduate students, and to prepare them for future leadership positions. She created the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) program, with initial support from a Department of Education FIPSE grant, to establish a diverse student learning community on the UCI campus. This program was subsequently institutionalized and expanded with a Department of Education Title III award to establish a model of graduate student mentoring of undergraduate students.
Benjamin Locke is the Senior Director at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) – a practice/research network of over 380 counseling centers, and an affiliate faculty member in Counseling and Clinical Psychology departments at Penn State. Dr. Locke presents and consults widely about college student mental health in higher education and has published dozens of peer reviewed articles on the topic. Dr. Locke has over 19 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of mental health settings including wilderness therapy, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, community mental health, and college counseling centers.
Gail A. Mattox
Gail A. Mattox currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of Medicine. She was appointed Department Chair in 2000. Dr. Mattox received a BS degree with honors from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, a MD degree with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed a pediatric residency at Hubbard Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. This was followed by a child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Mattox has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. Her clinical work has included a variety of clinical settings; outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and consultation to numerous agencies such as schools, colleges, social service agencies and juvenile justice centers. Her leadership roles have included serving as Medical Director, and Chief Medical Officer for several programs. She has been instrumental in developing training programs, policies, and procedures to improve quality of care and access to care especially for underserved communities. In addition to administration, teaching and patient care, Dr. Mattox was successful in obtaining competitive cooperative agreement grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to establish the first National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health in 2005 at Morehouse School of Medicine. The project evolved to become the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health, referred to as the HBCU-CFE. The goals of the HBCU-CFE included promoting student behavior health to expand access to care and recognition of psychological distress, to expand campus service capacity including access to culturally appropriate behavioral health resources, to facilitate best practices dissemination and to foster student leadership and behavioral health workforce development and diversity. Dr. Mattox served as Project Director from 2005-2018. As Project Director, she also developed a sub-award program for the HBUCs. This allowed individual HBCUs to apply to the HBCU-CFE for funding for campus specific initiatives such as the expansion of screening and referral for behavioral health disorders, support for student internships and the education and training of peers, faculty and staff across the spectrum. The project also supported the first HBCU Peer Educators in Behavioral Health Summit followed by other national training events in behavioral health. Dr. Mattox is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with sub-specialty Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has received numerous awards for teaching, leadership, and service such as the Dean’s Leadership Award, the Senior Scholar of Distinction Award from the National Medical Association, the Psychiatrist of the Year award from the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She is a longstanding member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and remains committed to promoting health equity and addressing behavioral health disparities.
Maria A. Oquendo
Maria A. Oquendo is the Ruth Meltzer Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Tufts University and attended Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. She completed residency at Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital, Weil-Cornell. Until 2016, she was Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chairman for Education at Columbia. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in medicine. Dr. Oquendo has used Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging to map brain abnormalities in mood disorders and suicidal behavior. Her expertise ranges from psychopharmacology to Global Mental Health. She has over 400 peer-reviewed publications and an h-factor of 76 with over 17,000 citations. Dr. Oquendo is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the International Academy of Suicide Research. She is President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) and of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Board of Directors and has served on the National Institute of Mental Health’s Advisory Council. She is a Fellow of the ACNP, APA and American College of Psychiatrists (ACP). Dr. Oquendo is a member of Tufts University’s Board of Trustees, serves on its Executive Committee and chairs Tufts’ Academic Affairs Committee. A recipient of multiple awards in the US, Europe and South America, most recently, she was honored with the Virginia Kneeland Award for Distinguished Women in Medicine (Columbia University 2016), the Award for Mood Disorders Research (ACP 2017), the Alexandra Symonds Award (APA 2017), the APA’s Research Award (2018) and the Dolores Shockley Award (ACNP 2018).
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker is Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at McLean Hospital and Director of the College Mental Health Program. Dr. Pinder-Amaker is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pinder-Amaker has over 25 years of experience in college student mental health treatment, administration, and policy. She is the founding director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program, a unique initiative serving students from over 200 institutions of higher education, providing student-focused treatment; consultation to students, parents, and college professionals, and nonprofits; and related research. Dr. Pinder-Amaker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country on strengthening continuity of care, and on how to bolster communication between campus- and community-based systems, eliminate barriers to mental health treatment, and better support marginalized students. She is a member of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative, and has published on the prevalence and distribution of mental disorders among college students and the integration of student concerns into traditional models of care.
Julie Posselt is an Associate Professor of higher education in the USC Rossier School of Education and was a 2015-2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral research fellow. Rooted in sociological and organizational theory, her research program uses mixed methods to examine institutionalized inequalities in higher education and organizational efforts aimed at reducing inequities and encouraging diversity. She focuses on selective sectors of higher education— graduate education, STEM fields, and elite undergraduate institutions—where longstanding practices and cultural norms are being negotiated to better identify talent and educate students in a changing society. She was the recipient of the 2018 American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award and the 2017 Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career/ Promising Scholar Award. Her book, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (2016, Harvard University Press), was based on an award-winning ethnographic study of faculty judgment in 10 highly ranked doctoral programs in three universities. This work has led to thriving research-practice partnerships with universities, disciplinary societies, graduate schools & programs, and other associations that are re-examining how we evaluate students and scholars for key academic opportunities— and support those who are in the system. Partners include the University of California, American Physics Society, and the Council of Graduate Schools. Her current scholarship, funded by three grants from the National Science Foundation and one from the Mellon Foundation, examines movements for equity and inclusion in graduate education and the humanistic and physical science disciplines. Posselt recently completed a National Academy of Education postdoctoral fellowship for the first national study of graduate student mental health. This concurrent mixed methods project identified factors associated with depression and anxiety; investigated the roles of discrimination, competitiveness, and faculty support in graduate student wellbeing; and measures disparities within and across academic disciplines. She has published research in the American Educational Research Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. Her work has been highlighted in Science, The Atlantic, New York Times, Slate, Times Higher Education (UK), Insider Higher Ed, among others. She is a member of the Journal of Higher Education’s and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education's editorial review boards, and is program chair for the 2019 Sociology of Education Association meeting. Posselt earned her PhD from the University of Michigan.
Claire E. Sterk
Claire E. Sterk is the Charles Howard Candler Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. A pioneering public health scholar, Sterk has served for the past two decades as a social scientist, academic leader, and administrator at Emory, most recently as University President and Provost/Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. Sterk is a globally renowned thought leader who has deepened our understanding of social and health disparities; addiction and infectious diseases, specifically HIV/AIDS; community engagement; and the importance of mentoring and empowering women leaders. She has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations. Her academic publications include three books and more than 125 peer-reviewed articles. Her work is widely cited and has received $30 million in external research funding. She has lectured widely on key topics in public health and in higher education, including the student experience and student health and wellbeing. She is a strong advocate for collaboration and innovation and a champion for global engagement. Sterk also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. A native of the Netherlands, Sterk earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Erasmus University (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), a doctorandus degree in medical anthropology (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), and an undergraduate degree from the Free University in Amsterdam.
Jeanie Tietjen is an Associate Professor of English at MassBay Community College and Director of the Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience in Higher Education. MassBay’s Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience in Higher Education formalizes an ongoing recognition of complex interrelationships between trauma and learning in post-secondary education. The Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience in Higher Education believes that every encounter area of the educational community—from pedagogy to campus safety, advising to financial aid, facilities to college policies and administration--- can be informed by understanding: basics of the learning brain, the prevalence of trauma, adversity, and toxic stress, how resilience as skill can be encouraged through best practices and meaningful supports, evidence that just one relationship can powerfully bolster productive and resilient behaviors. Jeanie received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), in English Language and Literature/Letters from Brandeis University, her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. from the University of Washington.
Layne Scherer - (Staff Officer)