P4SM is led by Founding Director Chantel Garrett, whose brother’s experience of psychosis informs and inspires this work.

The organization is guided by our Advisory Board (below), whose members lend their expertise in early psychosis research, lived experience, mental health law and policy and stigma reduction efforts. In addition to a small army of consultants and volunteers, P4SM is further supported by its National Youth Leadership Board of teens and 20-somethings who leverage their personal and family member experiences with psychosis to inform our strategy and public education content.

Krista Baker, LCPC

Krista Baker, LCPC, is the creator and clinical supervisor of the Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC) at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a nationally recognized outpatient program providing comprehensive wrap around services for adolescents and young adults experiencing an initial psychotic episode. The goal of the program is to reduce the disabling effects of psychosis and to assist individuals in reaching developmentally appropriate life goals. Working with psychiatrists of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Program, Ms. Baker has developed an active consultation component of the program, providing second opinions, diagnostic clarification, and treatment recommendations for individuals all over the United States. To provide comprehensive care for individuals with established schizophrenia, Ms. Baker recently collaborated in creating, and continues to supervise, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Adult Schizophrenia Clinic.  Under Ms. Baker’s guidance, both clinics play key roles in multiple schizophrenia-related research projects throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine. With her experience in developing outpatient services for individuals with severe mental illness, and more than a decade of experience in providing emergency room psychiatric evaluations, Ms. Baker has become an advocate for improving Maryland mental health, testifying on behalf of persons living with mental illness in front of the state legislature and serving as a member of work groups developing state-wide mental health policy.

Carrie Bearden, Ph.D.

Dr. Bearden serves as Program Director and Principal Investigator for the Staglin Music Festival Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS). She is an associate professor-in-residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences with an appointment in the Department of Psychology, as well as being a licensed clinical psychologist. She is also a faculty member in the Brain Research Institute and another of other centers at UCLA investigating the genetic and neurological underpinnings of developmental and psychiatric illness. Dr. Bearden received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed postdoctoral fellowships in autism and psychosis research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at UCLA.

Michael Birnbaum, MD

Dr. Birnbaum is an attending physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York. He works as the Program Director for North Shore-LIJ’s Early Treatment Program (ETP), a multi-site state-funded clinical and research initiative for adolescents and young adults in the early stages of psychosis.

Before his role at North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Birnbaum was attending physician at St. Luke’s- Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he developed and directed the P.E.E.R. program for youth struggling with early stage schizophrenia. Dr. Birnbaum also serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC chapter.

Dr. Birnbaum has dedicated his career to improving behavioral health services, raising awareness and destigmatizing mental illness. His research interests include exploring components essential for successful early intervention, reducing the duration of untreated illness and improving engagement and patient satisfaction.

Dr. Birnbaum received his BS in Psychology and Doctor of Medicine from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He then went on to become Chief Resident and complete his Child and Adolescent psychiatry fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.

Michelle Burns, RN, NP

Michelle Burns RN, NP has dedicated her entire professional career to making it possible for disadvantaged youth to have a voice in achieving their desired personal and health goals.

Most recently, Michelle served as the first Transition Age Youth Director at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, where she developed 14 new mental health programs for young people aged 14-22. In this position she worked with community and professional partners to start PREP Alameda, a program for young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. After speaking with youth she felt this program was important as it offered hope for the first time for young people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Michelle also spear-headed the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment build-out which allowed for a 40% increase in mental health services to low income children and youth. She is very proud to have developed a youth board, the TAY initiative (TAYi) that has gone on to become active pubic speakers and advocates for young people experiencing mental health challenges.

Prior to her work in California, Michele directed the Borum Health Center in Boston, which served homeless and marginalized youth. While at the Borum she was named as an outstanding community leader by the Harvard School of Public Health for her work with street youth.

Michelle is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Boston College School of Nursing. She is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and holds graduate degrees from Seton Hall University and the Harvard School of Public Health.

With her recent retirement and relocation to Portland, Oregon Michelle plans to continue her advocacy for youth and to spend valuable time with her new grandson Theo.

Adriana Furuzawa, MFTI, CPRT

Adriana Furuzawa, MFTI, CPRT is division director for Prevention & Recovery In Early Psychosis (PREP), a multi-site early treatment program at the Felton Institute. Prior to joining the Felton Institute, Adriana has been serving individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness for over 10 years in community mental health settings in California and Brazil. A native Brazilian, Adriana began her career as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Brazil. She also received training on organizational and school psychology.

Patrick Gardner, JD

Patrick Gardner, founder of Young Minds Advocacy Project, specializes in children's mental health law and policy, and its impacts on youths involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, special education, health/mental health, and other systems. For more than twelve years Patrick was a senior attorney and the deputy director at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in Oakland, California.  At the Center, Patrick led efforts to improve access to appropriate mental health care for at-risk youth in California and other states.  He served as co-counsel on statewide class action lawsuits seeking improved access to mental health care for Medicaid-eligible youth in Arizona, California, and Washington. He initiated and oversaw NCYL’s work to develop and improve juvenile mental health courts, and he was the catalyst for its advocacy against sex trafficking of foster children.  Patrick also worked on issues involving special education related services, children’s SSI, zero tolerance in schools, developmental disabilities, children with special health care needs, child abuse and neglect, and privacy and consent.

Prior to joining NCYL in 1999, Patrick spent 17 months directing a national campaign for Consumers Union in San Francisco to protect billions in non-profit public assets controlled by lenders in the student loan industry.  Previously he was Hawaii County Managing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH), focusing on a range of public benefit programs, domestic violence, and consumer issues. From 1995-96, he also worked for the Hawaii Justice Foundation and was instrumental in securing passage of the nation’s "most liberal" welfare reform legislation, according to the Washington Post.  After leaving LASH, Patrick served as a member of its Board of Directors for eight years.

Patrick began his career with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as a legislative and policy advocate specializing in non-point pollution. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an Editor of the Journal on Law and Politics, and he earned his B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Virginia Tech.  Patrick presently serves on the California Child Welfare Council.  He is also a founding board member of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.  Last year Patrick and his co-counsel received the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth’s “Advocate of the Year” award for their work on the Katie A. v. Bonta lawsuit.

  • Irene Hurford, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Program Director, Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment Program
  • Rachel Loewy, PhD
    Associate Professor, UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry;
    Director, Prodrome Assessment, Research & Treatment (PART) Program;
    Executive Clinical & Research Director, Prevention & Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP)
  • William McFarlane, MD
    Center for Psychiatric Research at Maine Medical Center Portland Identification and Early Referral Program Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program

Irene Hurford, MD

Dr. Hurford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.  Her clinical and research interests include treatment programs for early episode psychosis, cognition in schizophrenia, and humor in schizophrenia.  She is Program Director for Philadelphia's Psychosis Education, Assessment, Care, and Empowerment (PEACE) early treatment program.

Rachel Loewy, PhD

Rachel Loewy is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She also serves as director of UCSF’s Prodrome Assessment Research and Treatment program and as Executive Clinical and Research Director for Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis, a partnership between UCSF and The Felton Institute. She has been working in the area of early psychosis research since 1995. Her research interests focus on identifying risk factors for psychosis, particularly those related to the experience of stress and trauma, as well as screening for early signs, testing novel interventions for psychosis, and community-based implementation of evidence-based practices for early psychosis.

William McFarlane, MD

William R. McFarlane, MD is the Director of the Center for Psychiatric Research at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  Dr. McFarlane is also Director of the Portland Identification and Early Referral Program and the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program.  He is also a Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

His areas of research and practice include Family Psychoeducation and other psychosocial interventions for severe psychiatric disorders, as well as pioneering efforts in the area of early detection and intervention of psychotic disorders in youth and young adults.

Dr. McFarlane teaches family therapy and the psychobiology of mental illnesses to medical students and residents at Maine Medical Center in partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. McFarlane received his medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

  • Barbara Ricci
    NAMI New York City Metro Board President Managing Director, Global Markets, Deutsche Bank
  • Linda Rosenberg, MSW
    President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Brandon Staglin
    Director of Marketing Communications, IMHRO-One Mind Institute & Staglin Family Vineyard

Barbara Ricci

After a close family member was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Ms. Ricci became an active advocate for community based mental health programs and services including those offered by NAMI.  She has been involved with various NAMI affiliates for over 20 years and currently serves as Board President for NAMI NYC Metro, the largest local affiliate of NAMI.   She and her team at NAMI NYC Metro created and developed the #IWillListen, a mental health movement which fueled various anti stigma campaigns conducted by educational institutions, businesses and governmental organizations across the country.  Ms. Ricci was elected to the Board of Directors of NAMI-NYC Metro seven years ago and is currently their Board President.

Ms. Ricci joined Deutsche Bank in 2009 as a Managing Director.  She is a founder and currently co-head of  Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Banking & Securities Women’s Network.  Prior to 2009, Ms. Ricci worked at UBS for 22 years, last serving as the National Sales Manager for Real Estate and Securities.

Ms. Ricci is a Founding Circle member of the Arthur Miller Foundation and also an active member of the Dalton School community where she focuses on their Middle School and High School Health and Wellness Program.

Ms. Ricci graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in Geology.

Linda Rosenberg, MSW

Linda Rosenberg is a national leader in the design and delivery of mental health and substance use policy and services.Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health spearheads advocacy, practice improvement, and public education initiatives to benefit the 8 million adults, children, and families served by the National Council’s 2,200 member organizations. Rosenberg helped secure passage of the federal mental health and addiction parity law and was critical to ensuring that the Affordable Care Act addresses behavioral health disorders. Her vision expanded financing for integrated behavioral and primary care services and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce initiatives. The National Council’s strong support of the Mental Health Excellence Act will result in an additional $900 million in Medicaid behavioral health services. Rosenberg introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and to date 250,000 citizens have been trained.

Prior to joining the National Council, Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health. She serves on an array of boards of directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Brandon Staglin

Brandon Staglin is a schizophrenia survivor who, together with his family, has helped to raise a staggering 200 million dollars for brain research over the past 20 years through the IMHRO-One Mind Institute. In addition to his posts as the Marketing Communications Director for both IMHRO and Staglin Family Vineyard, Brandon speaks nationwide about the power of prevention and early intervention, as well as ending societal stigma that stands in the way of mental health care reform – a primary barrier to more effective treatment and leading edge research. Helped by early treatment, Brandon’s personal journey from adversity to advocacy serves as a beacon of hope for individuals and families finding their way to recovery.

A national merit scholar, Brandon graduated with degrees in Engineering Sciences and Anthropology from Dartmouth College. He is the recipient of the Clifford W. Beers Centennial Service Award and of the SARDAA Shattering Stigma—Realizing Recovery Award for his brain health advocacy.

He lives in Napa, California with his wife Nancy and their dog, Cooper.

  • Gary Tsai, MD
    Medical Director, County of Los Angeles Substance Abuse Prevention and Control and Documentary Filmmaker
  • Douglas Turkington, MD
    Psychosocial Psychiatry at Newcastle University and Medical Director for Insight CBT Partnership

Gary Tsai, MD

Gary Tsai, M.D. is the Medical Director of the County of Los Angeles Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, and a former APA / SAMHSA Minority Fellow. He is also the founder of Forgotten Films, a film production company focusing on social issue projects, specializing in mental health. He is the producer and co-directer of an award-winning documentary film called Voices that focuses on human and untold stories of psychosis. Having experienced the stigma and criminalization that often accompanies serious mental illness as the son of a mother with schizophrenia, Dr. Tsai is a passionate advocate for improving our mental health systems. His clinical and research interests include public psychiatry, mental health policy, early intervention for severe mental illness, addiction, cultural psychiatry, and media/technology in mental health.

Douglas Turkington, MD

Dr. Turkington is Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Newcastle University. He has carried out extensive research into the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of schizophrenia. He has carried out randomized controlled trials of CBT versus befriending and of CBT versus treatment as usual in community settings. He has also conducted short and medium term follow-ups. He has written three books on the use of CBT in schizophrenia, one of these being a treatment manual. Currently he has submitted grant applications for CBT to treat impaired adherence in schizophrenia in a combined study with the State University of New York. He has also submitted a grant application for the use of CBT in first episode schizophrenia linking with the University of Glasgow. He has carried out a randomized trial of Fluvoxamine in the treatment of Prostatodynia and is currently researching the use of Modafinil in chronic fatigue syndrome.

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