The University of Texas System

Executive Committee





Taiwo Babatope, MD , MPH, MBA serves as associate program director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Director of the Autism Spectrum disorders and Neurodevelopmental specialty clinic. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a telemedicine-based provider with the UTHealth Houston Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN). Babatope earned her doctor of medicine degree from The College of Medicine, University of Lagos and obtained master’s degrees in public health (MPH) and in business administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her residency and fellowship training at the McGovern Medical School at UT Health Houston where she served as chief fellow during her final year. Babatope has been active on numerous committees and has been the recipient of several awards, including the AACAP Educational Outreach Program Award, David Mendell Fellowship award in Family Therapy, APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Award, AACAP Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects Award, and the Cynthia W. Santos Best Clinician Educator Inaugural Award. Babatope has a special interest in early childhood disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities.

Joseph Blader headshot

Joseph Blader is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist who, over the past 30 years, has led clinical, research, and innovative service programs to meet the needs of youth with severe behavioral health challenges. He currently holds the Meadows Foundation and Semp Russ Professorship in Child Psychiatry Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A graduate of Tufts University, Joe completed his doctoral clinical psychology training at Queen’s University in Ontario and at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. He earned an MS in clinical research methods from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). Prior to his arrival at UT in 2013 he held clinical and academic positions in the New York metropolitan area at the North Shore – LIJ Health System, New York University Medical Center, AECOM, and Stony Brook State University of New York. He has conducted impactful research on the treatment of youngsters with ADHD who are also affected by severe emotional dysregulation and dyscontrolled behavior, and developed and led a city-wide pediatric/mental health collaborative care project in 10 sites throughout San Antonio.

Danette Castle headshot

Danette Castle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council of Community Centers, which represents the thirty-nine Community Centers of Texas on public policy and legislative matters affecting the statewide public system of care for people with intellectual disabilities, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Prior to assuming the position at the Texas Council in January 2008, she served as the CEO of a Community Center serving a five-county area in West Texas. She has served at the local, state and national level on countless boards, committees and workgroups—all dedicated to improving access to quality services for people who face the challenges of intellectual disabilities, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Ms. Castle holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Education from Texas Tech University.


Dr. Chapa obtained her MD at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1995. She is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at the UTRGV School of Medicine and is double boarded in Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Chapa completed her Psychiatry internship and residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Affiliated Hospitals from July 1995 to June 1998. She then trained in the same institution for a Child and Adolescent Fellowship from July 1998 to June 2000. With her return to the RGV, Dr. Chapa’s goal is to make a positive impact to our community through her resident teachings and supervision.

David Farmer

Dr. David Farmer is the Founding Director of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Institutional Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP). He has helped develop a culture of interprofessional collaboration across UNTHSC’s programs in medicine, pharmacy, health professions, public health, and biomedical sciences. He has led in the establishment of interprofessional education partnerships with Texas Christian University, The University of Texas Arlington, Texas Woman’s University, and Texas Wesleyan University to allow for collaboration across eleven health professions. Dr. Farmer leads initiatives in interprofessional faculty and clinical preceptor development. As a faculty member in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Farmer works with medical students in the development of their clinical communication skills. He co-leads an HSC institutional initiative in emotional intelligence recognition and development with students, faculty, and staff. As a Clinical Executive with HSC’s SaferCare Texas, he participates in patient safety initiatives, focusing on team development and the creation of psychological safety. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Farmer came to UNTHSC with twenty-three years’ experience in the clinical practice of counseling psychology. Dr. Farmer received his PhD in Counseling and master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sonja Gaines portrait

Sonja Gaines is the Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. She came to Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in 2014 as the first Associate Commissioner for Mental Health Coordination. In 2016, she assumed leadership responsibility for the policy and delivery of community-based services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health conditions. During her tenure at HHSC, Commissioner Gaines spearheaded the development of the first Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic Plan as well as the first IDD Strategic Plan, eliminated the outpatient waitlist has been eliminated, and oversaw the more than $200 million of behavioral health services implemented through the Texas Opioid Response federal grant and mental health matching grant programs. She previously served as Chief of Mental Health Services with My Health My Resources of Tarrant County, the second largest community mental health center in Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Women’s University.

Wayne Goodman portrait

Wayne Goodman, MD, D.C and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for intractable psychiatric illnesses. He is the principal developer of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS), the gold standard for assessing OCD, and co-founder of the International OCD Foundation, the major advocacy group for patients with OCD. Prior to joining Baylor, he held senior administrative positions at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NIMH and the University of Florida. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, and research fellowship at Yale School of Medicine where he remained on faculty for 7 years. He has received numerous awards, published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and has a longstanding record of extramural research funding and is currently Principal Investigator on three grants from NIH’s BRAIN initiative.

Andy Harper

Dr. Harper is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has expertise in attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), clinical depression and depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, insomnia and other sleep disorders, mood disorders and personality disorders. He completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1984. He is the former medical director at the University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and the associate medical director for the Texas Children’s Health Plan. Currently, he is a clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and a child and adolescent physiatrist with the Texas A&M Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.

Hicham Ibrahim portrait

Hicham Ibrahim, MD, is Associate Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Ambulatory Services at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his medical education at American University of Beirut and his residency in psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center and UT Southwestern. He also completed a research fellowship in neuroscience at the University of Michigan and two clinical fellowships in addiction and geriatric psychiatry at UT Southwestern. Dr. Ibrahim has won numerous institutional and national teaching awards, including the American Psychiatric Association Irma Bland Award for teaching residents and Nancy C.A. Roeske Award for teaching medical students. He has published peer-reviewed articles in top journals and is a reviewer for several professional journals.

Tiya Johnson

Tiya Johnson, MD, FAPA is a triple board certified (psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry) child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) in Tyler, TX where she treats children, adolescents, and young adults. She also serves at the program director of the newly established Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at UTHSCT. She received her medical degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Johnson completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Miami, her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Louisville, and then her forensic psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati. Her specialty interests include treating children, adolescents, and young adults with various psychiatric illnesses, especially within minority populations, and conducting evaluations specifically related to forensic psychiatry.

Portrait of Andy Keller

Dr. Keller is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides high quality, data-driven, nonpartisan policy and program research, development, and advice to state and local leaders with a single goal in mind: to improve mental health care in communities throughout Texas. Andy is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health policy, financing, and best practices. His work has centered on helping state and local health systems implement evidence-based and innovative care, as well as helping local and state governments develop the regulatory and financial frameworks to support them. Prior to moving full time into policy work, Andy was a managing partner for 15 years at a national behavioral health management consulting firm. Before that, he worked in Colorado at the health plan level with a leading Medicaid HMO and at the provider level with the Mental Health Center of Denver, where he directed and led a range of community-based and care management programs.

Portrait of David Lakey

David Lakey, M.D. serves as the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at The University of Texas System, and as Senior Advisor to the President and Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler. Dr. Lakey was the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being appointed commissioner, Dr. Lakey served as the chief of the Division of Clinical Infectious Disease and medical director of the Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler. Dr. Lakey is a graduate from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed his internal medicine, pediatrics, and infectious disease training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Portrait of Israel Liberzon

In 2018 Dr. Liberzon was recruited as founding Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Dr. Liberzon’s primary research interest centers on emotions, stress and stress related disorders like PTSD, particularly in the regulation and dysregulation of stress response systems. Prior to that he was an Endowed Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry and the founder of the PTSD program at the Ann Arbor VAMC, a program that has since grown and remained on the forefront of biological research of PTSD worldwide. He had published over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts, and has authored and edited several books and book chapters.

Portrait of sarah Martin

Dr. Sarah Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. She is the Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and supervises residents and fellows in several different rotations. She is also the medical director of Texas Tech El Paso’s area of responsibility in the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium, a 16-county region that extends all the way along the border to Eagle Pass. Dr. Martin attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, for her bachelor’s degree and after graduation served in the Peace Corps for two years, working as a community services specialist. The US Army then awarded her a Health Professions Scholarship to attend Tulane University’s School of Medicine, and upon graduation from medical school, was commissioned as a captain, and started her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and went on to also complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry there. She was then transferred to Ft. Knox where she served as the Chief of Behavioral Health for four years, as well as a deployment to Camp Bucca, Iraq, a detainee facility. Her last duty station in the Army was here in Texas at Ft. Bliss. After completing her military obligation, she was the Chief of the Child and Family Behavioral Health Service at Ft. Bliss for two years before joining Texas Tech in 2015.

Portrait of Octavio Martinez

Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.P.A., is Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martinez also holds an appointment of Senior Associate Vice-President within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and as a Professor of Psychiatry at the UT Austin Dell Medical School. Dr. Martinez has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, a doctor’s degree in medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, and master’s in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Preparedness and Response Board of Scientific Counselors and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s, Health and Medicine Division’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. Dr. Martinez is a member of the board of directors for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), and a board member (and former chair) of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA).

Elizabeth Mayer

Ms. Elizabeth Mayer joined the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in May 2020 as its Director of Policy and in February 2022, became its Assistant Commissioner for Academic and Health Affairs. Ms. Mayer leads the Academic Health Affairs (AHA) Division, which provides leadership, guidance, expertise, and resources to improve the efficiency and quality of higher education in Texas. The AHA Division promotes the goals of the agency’s refreshed strategic plan, Building a Talent Strong Texas, and facilitates collaborative solutions with Texas higher education institutions. Under her leadership, the division develops new degree and certificate programs that are responsive to workforce needs, encourages quality and equity across the higher education landscape, and drives student completion. AHA is also responsible for the administration and management of more than $200 million in grant funding to support Texas public higher education. Ms. Mayer began her career in higher education at the Coordinating Board in 2008 as a Program Director. In 2013, she joined the staff at UT System where she served as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst focusing on issues of affordability, dual credit, transfer, and educator preparation. Ms. Mayer has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University.


Dr. Tarrah Mitchell is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas and her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Mitchell provides evidence-based psychological services for children, adolescents, and families in West Texas through outpatient services at TTUHSC and through the Campus Alliance for Telehealth Resources (CATR) and Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) programs. Dr. Mitchell's program of research aims to understand the bidirectional relationships among youth’s physical, psychological, social, and academic functioning and their health behaviors. Dr. Mitchell's teaching interests include evidence-based assessment and intervention of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Dr. Mitchell also values supervising clinicians who are training in practicum placements in clinical child and pediatric psychology as they are developing skills for independent practice.

Portrait of Charles B Nemeroff

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Nemeroff served for nine years as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He has also served as president of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). His research is focused on the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders with a focus on the role of child abuse and neglect as a major risk factor. He has also conducted research on the role of mood disorders as a risk factor for major medical disorders including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Neurobiology) degrees at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine.

Jeffrey Newport

D. Jeffrey Newport is Professor of Psychiatry and Women’s Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School where he serves as Associate Chair for Research for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Director of Women’s Reproductive Mental Health of Texas. He also serves as Associate Director of the Texas Childhood Trauma Research Network. Dr. Newport completed a graduate theological degree before receiving his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. He subsequently completed psychiatric residency and a master’s degree in clinical research at Emory University. His awards include the NARSAD Independent and Young Investigator Awards, Young Faculty Award from the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education, the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Lilly Fellowship, the American College of Psychiatrists’ Laughlin Fellowship, and the Distinguished Physician Alumnus Award from the University of South Carolina. He has published in leading journals across numerous specialties including JAMA, American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Neurology, and Pediatrics. Dr. Newport’s research focuses on women’s mental health with an emphasis on the psychobiology of perinatal psychiatric disorders, psychotropic pharmacokinetics during pregnancy and lactation, and the persistent biobehavioral impact of childhood trauma and other early life adverse experiences.

Brittany Nichols

Brittney Nichols, MBA, LPC-S, is the Administrative Director of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She earned her MBA from and her MA in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Tyler, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Supervisor). Nichols is on the Board of the Tyler chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Tyler), is Co-Chair of the Tyler Out of Darkness Walk with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves on the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.

Portrait of Steven Pliszka

Steven R. Pliszka, M.D. is Dielmann Distinguish Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His research has focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders. Dr. Pliszka is the author of “Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician, 2nd ed.” and “Treating ADHD and Comorbid Disorders (Guilford Press). He has been very active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, authoring the academy’s practice parameters for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in 2007. Dr. Pliszka has an active clinical practice, caring for many children and adolescents with ADHD and other psychiatric disorders; he also serves as the attending psychiatrist for two residential facilities for children with severe behavioral and emotional disorders.

Portrait of Alan Podawiltz

Dr. Podawiltz is the Acclaim Service line Chief of Behavioral Health and Chair of Psychiatry for John Peter Smith Health Network and the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC TCOM). In addition to the Chair role he has served in numerous roles including Residency Director at TTUHSC and John Peter Smith Hospital, Interim Dean UNTHSC TCOM, and serves on various committees as chair or active member from finance, education, clinical programming, patient quality and safety, to admissions. A graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed his intern year at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon and finished his Psychiatry residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock (TTUHSC), where he served as the Chief Resident in Psychiatry and completed a Clinical Research Fellowship.

Portrait of Rhonda Robert

Dr. Rhonda Robert is clinical psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She works with patients in active treatment (anti-angiogenic and palliative) through age 25 and long-term survivors of pediatric cancer. Her previous appointment in an academic, pediatric hospital setting was as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and Director of Psychological Care for burn patients at Shriners Hospital for Children. She has co-authored 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, 9 invited book chapters, 93 abstracts; and secured 19 grant awards. Her research has addressed the acute and long-term emotional adjustment of children to injury and illness.

Scott Schalchlin

Scott Schalchlin is the deputy executive commissioner for the HHSC Health and Specialty Care System, where he is responsible for overseeing the operations of 10 state hospitals and 13 state supported living centers (SSLCs) across Texas. Schalchlin previously served as associate commissioner for state supported living centers since 2013, both at the legacy Department of Aging and Disability Services and at the Health and Human Service Commission after transformation. Schalchlin also has served in various leadership roles within intellectual and developmental disability community services and waiver programs and Medicaid managed care programs. He began his career working in direct care at Rusk State Hospital in 1987 and went on to work in direct care at Lubbock SSLC, as treatment coordinator at the Waco Center for Youth, as associate psychologist at StarCare Specialty Health in Lubbock, and as associate psychologist and hostage negotiator for two psychiatric prisons operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Schalchlin has a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, a Master of Education from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.


John P. Scott is currently serving as the Chief of School Safety and Security in the Texas Education Agency. Previously, Scott has served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the United States Secret Service Dallas/North Texas District. Additionally, Scott has served as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge for the North Texas Cyber Fraud Task Force, Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge for the Protective Intelligence & Physical Protection Unit in Dallas, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Secret Service Headquarters/Protective Operations Division in Washington, D.C. Scott also served as Special Agent in the Vice Presidential Protective Division and Dignitary Protective Division in Washington, D.C. and in the Houston Field Office. Before joining the Secret Service, Scott was a U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer and Captain where he completed Airborne and the rigorous Ranger schools. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Tech University, where he was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Portrait of Jair Soares

Dr. Jair C. Soares is Professor and Chair of the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry at the McGovern Medical School, as well as the Executive Director of UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center. A Board-certified psychiatrist, he also serves as Chief of Psychiatry Services at Memorial Hermann Hospital and LBJ Hospital. Dr. Soares directs the UTHealth Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, which focuses on the search for the causes and the development of new treatments for mood disorders. Dr. Soares received his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and completed a general psychiatry residency at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. He obtained a PhD in medical sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Dr. Soares has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the psychiatric literature and has held editorial positions on a number of national and international medical journals.

Portrait of Carol Tamminga

Dr. Tamminga holds the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Chair and the McKenzie Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School; she is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and the Chief of the Translational Neuroscience Division in Schizophrenia at UTSW. She received her M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Dr Tamminga was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences in 1998 and has served on several NAM committees in that capacity. The goal of Dr. Tamminga’s research is to examine and understand the mechanisms underlying schizophrenia, especially its most prominent symptoms, psychosis and memory dysfunction, in order to build rational treatments for the illness.


Peter M. Thompson, M.D., M.S. is a professor and the Hunt Family Endowed Chair of Psychiatry. He serves as the Director of the Southwest Brain Bank and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at TTUHSC-El Paso.. He completed his psychiatry residency at Tufts University/New England Medical Center and Psychobiology Research Fellowship at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Thompson founded the Southwest Brain Bank in 2003 and has published his research findings on brain molecular changes in mood disorders, schizophrenia, and alcohol dependence. In his time as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at TTUHSC-El Paso, the department has greatly increased its collaborations with community partners. These partnerships focus on reducing barriers to care and educating medical students and residents on how to treat mental illness, incorporating the language and cultural values of the border population.

Portrait of Alexander Vo

Dr. Alexander Vo currently serves as Vice President, Telemedicine and Health Innovations at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), where he leads the development of new telemedicine initiatives for both clinical and academic enterprises. Dr. Vo also leads the Department of Health Innovations, a division at UTMB that was founded to generate new health-related technologies cultivated from UTMB’s vast experience in clinical care delivery and biomedical research. Concurrently, Dr. Vo is the CEO of Medical Branch Innovations, a subsidiary of the University of Texas Medical Branch. Prior to his current role, Dr. Vo served in a senior executive position as Vice President of Electronically Mediated Services at Colorado Access, a health insurance plan in Colorado, where he was subsequently promoted to CEO of three of its subsidiary companies. Dr. Vo is considered a national expert in telemedicine, a patent holder, and is a former member on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Medicaid Telehealth Advisory Committee.

Portrait of Karen Wagner

Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D. is the Titus H. Harris Chair, Harry K Davis Professor and Titus Harris Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is an internationally recognized expert in the pharmacological treatment of childhood mood disorders. Her work has led to the development of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with major depression and bipolar disorder. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and past President of the American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Wagner received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Portrait of Sarah Wakefield

Dr. Wakefield is a board-certified adult, child/adolescent, and forensic psychiatrist. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and a general psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Wakefield completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry and an additional fellowship in forensic psychiatry also at LSUHealth before joining the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 2014. She has served as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services and the Medical Director of Medical Ethics since 2016. She is currently chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and is active in providing psychiatric diagnostic and treatment evaluations for families, for adolescents in the juvenile justice system, and for pregnant or post-partum mothers.

Portrait of Daielle Wesley

Danielle is the Vice President, Network Service Delivery at Children’s Health. In her role she is responsible for the integrated delivery of services and programs to community partners and patients. She has been with Children’s for more than 15 years and joined the Network Development and Innovation team in August 2013, to lead the school-based health programs. Danielle has more than 20 years of experience in hospital and healthcare operations, program/project management, information technology and innovation, and consulting. She holds a master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from The University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health. She is a Project Management Institute Certified Professional and a Six Sigma Black Belt Certified Professional. She has served on many boards and advisory councils to impact health and wellness for children. Most recently, she was appointed to DHA (formerly, the Dallas Housing Authority) Foundation Board, which provides education-related programs and scholarships for DHA clients and residents. Her passion for children also extends into personal life, as she was elected as the 22nd South Central Regional Director, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, an organization dedicated to nurturing future leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Portrait of Laurel Williams

Laurel L. Williams, DO is an Associate Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She is currently serving as Interim Medical Director for the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Williams has expertise in working with youth who self-injure as well as have chronic suicidality in addition to working with adolescents who are pregnant or post-partum and suffering with a mental health disorder. Dr. Williams received her B.S. in Psychobiology along with a Minor in Fine Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She then completed her medical degree at University of North Texas, Texas School of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Worth Texas. Afterwards she completed both her adult and child and adolescent psychiatry training in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.