APNA Annual Conference Keynotes


APNA President's Address
Whole Health Begins with Mental Health
Thursday, October 19  |  9:00am - 10:00am

Kris McLoughlinAPNA President Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN is the Senior Nursing Advisor for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is board certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her BS from Boston College, her MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Yale University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University. 

Dr. McLoughlin is a nationally recognized Mental Health Clinical and Systems Consultant, who has assisted dozens of interdisciplinary teams and state health officials in improving their systems of care to provide safe, therapeutic, person-centered, trauma sensitive, recovery-oriented care and treatment. She was appointed "Special Monitor" by the U.S. District Court for a Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons (CRIPA) case involving the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Hawaii. Her current areas of expertise include mental health system development, co-occurring mental illness and substance related disorders, mental health recovery, interdisciplinary treatment planning, and forensic psychiatric nursing. 

Dr. McLoughlin’s recognitions and honors include the 2006 APNA Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award and the 2015 Young Alumni Award for Excellence from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 


Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH

Keynote Presentation
Life on Purpose
Friday, October 20  |  9:00am - 10:00am

APNA Keynote Vic StrecherVic Strecher (pronounced “streker”) is a behavioral scientist, professor, and Director of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He is also founder and President of JOOL Health, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of purpose in life, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics to improve well-being, helping users become better researchers of themselves as they develop, and align daily with, their purpose in life.

Vic and the organizations he founded – the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research and HealthMedia, Inc – have won numerous national and international awards, including the Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, two Smithsonian Awards, and four International Health and Medical Media Awards (the “Freddie”). In 2010, Vic won the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Innovator Award and his School of Public Health’s Award for Translating Research into Practice. In 2014, he won the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award.

Vic’s latest research and books are related to the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life. His most recent book (May, 2016), Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne), examines the science and philosophy of purpose in life and ways to develop and align with one’s purpose. His book On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia (Dungbeetle Press), is written for the lay public with a professional comic illustrator as a graphic novel and is accompanied by a free app. When asked who his target audience is for his book and app, Dr. Strecher replies, “human beings.”

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