Xavier F. Amador, PhD
President, LEAP Institute and LEAP Associates, LLC

Xavier F. Amador, PhDDr. Xavier Amador, founder of the LEAP Institute, is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist. His books, authoritative clinical research, worldwide speaking tours and extensive work in television news and entertainment make him truly unique among his peers. Particularly, his research on psychotic and mood disorders, his work as a forensic psychologist, and his development of the LEAP Institute have made him a worldwide expert in the mental health field. Dr. Amador’s expertise has been called upon by government, industry and the broadcast and print media where he has appeared as a frequent expert for CNN, ABC News, NBC News, CBS 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and many other national and international news outlets.

He is currently a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York. For over two decades he also served as a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Professor of Psychology at New York University. He was also previously the Director of Research at NAMI; and the Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Kevin Hines
Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller

Kevin HinesKevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.


Carol Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, CTTS
Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist; Tobacco Treatment Coordinator, Battle Creek VA Medical Center

CDR Joseph Holshoe, PMHNP-BC
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Womack Army Wellness and Support Center, Fort Bragg, NC

Joy A. Lauerer, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN
Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing

Lorenzo Leggio, MD, PhD, MSc
Chief, Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology, NIAAA DICBR and NIDA IRP; Associate Director for Clinical Research, Medication Development Program, NIDA IRP, National Institutes of Health

Sanjay J. Mathew, MD
Majorie Bintliff Johnson and Raleigh White Johnson, Jr. Chair for Research in Psychiatry; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

Grace Nadolny, MD
Medical Director, Older Adults Transitions Services, El Camino Hospital

Advanced Practice Provider Behavioral Health Clinical Manager, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Lauren M. Osborne, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Director, Women’s Mood Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Philip Shaw, MD, PhD
Earl Stadtman Investigator, Section on Neurobehavioral Clinical research, Social and Behavioral Research Brand, National Human Genome Research Institute, and Adjunct Faculty, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Christian J. Teter, PharmD, BCPP
Associate Professor (Psychopharmacology), College of Pharmacy, Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, University of New England

Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Professor of Clinical Nursing; Director, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan Specialty Track, The Ohio State University College of Nursing

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.