2018 Plenary Speakers

Mario Alvarez-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Head, E-Health at
Orygen Youth
Mental Health,
Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

     Dr. Alvarez-Jimenez has pioneered the use of online social media to foster long-term recovery in youth mental health.

His research focus is on relapse prevention and psychosocial recovery in youth mental health through online social media, mobile-based interventions and new models of positive psychotherapy. Mario has been extensively published in a range of Australian and international publications and has obtained a number of highly competitive research grants.

Edward BullmoreEdward T. Bullmore

Head of Department
of Psychiatry,
Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge

     Dr. Bullmore is interested in understanding human brain network organization from neuroimaging data in health and disease. His recent methodological work has focused on graph theory to measure aspects of brain network topology. He also seeks better neuroscientific understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders, working half-time for GSK, leading a small group focused on immunological mechanisms and therapeutics for mood disorders.

Helen FisherDr. Helen Fisher

Senior Lecturer,
Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry,
Institute of Psychiatry,
Psychology &
King’s College London

     Dr. Helen Fisher is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Her focus is on the causes and treatment of psychosis in young adults.

Steven HymanSteven E. Hyman, MD

Director, Stanley Center
for Psychiatric  Research, Harvard Department of Stem Cell
and Regenerative Biology,
Broad Institute,
former NIH Director

     Currently I am focused on ways of exploiting the emerging genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders to develop models that will ultimately facilitate the discovery of much needed new therapeutics. Previously my lab had studied intracellular signaling and regulation of gene expression within brain dopamine systems.

John KaneJohn M. Kane, MD

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research,
VP Behavioral Heal Services, Northwell Health; Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry,
Zucker Hillside Hospital; Chair, Professor,
Hofstra Northwell
School of Medicine

     Dr. Kane is a schizophrenia researcher with extensive experience in intervention and services research. He directs an NIMH-funded Advanced Center for Services and Interventions Research that has provided an infrastructure for many of these efforts.


Nev JonesNev Jones, Ph.D.

Director of the Division
for Client-Centered Outcomes Research,
Felton Institute

     Nev Jones is a community psychologist focused on early intervention, community-based mental health services, participatory methods and the phenomenology and sociocultural determinants of psychosis. She is strongly committed to client and stakeholder participation and leadership in research.