Dr. Susan C. Maloney has worked as a nurse for 25 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 16 years in myriad settings including internal medicine, older adults, college health and women's health/mental health issues.
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Cheryl's life perspective is to embrace resiliency while living with bipolar disorder, migraines and fibromyalgia. She and her husband Pete lost their vibrant and kind son Dan, at the young age of 23 to bipolar disorder when he died by suicide in 2011. It is their family's mission to educate and raise awareness about bipolar disorder and in particular in young adults so that no other parent will have to experience such a tragedy.
This year has been particularly difficult for me. When depression hit, it hit hard. When it rains, it pours → as they say. Right as I thought I was pulling myself through, I hit rock bottom. With sinus infections and chronic migraines all year, it's no wonder that I've struggled. Yet through it all, here I am. Doing my part to better myself, and in turn doing what I can to enlighten those around me.
Lisa Falls is an artist and is a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. She has worked in the field of art therapy for 20 years, 18 years in San Diego. She has presented and taught both locally and nationally. She was the Program Coordinator and instructor for the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Extension Specialized Certificate in Therapeutic Uses of Art for eight years. Lisa continues to teach courses about how art therapy is used to benefit different populations.
Ross Szabo is an award winning speaker, author, consultant and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He was Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for 8 years and is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health.
Dr. Miklowitz is Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute, and a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University. He completed his undergraduate work at Brandeis University and his doctoral (1979-1985) and postdoctoral (1985-1988) work at UCLA. His research focuses on family environmental factors and family psychoeducational treatments for adult-onset and childhood-onset bipolar disorder.