Dr. Morris Bell is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Senior Research Career Scientist for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service. Trained as a clinical and neuropsychologist, Dr. Bell’s career as clinician and researcher has been devoted to exploring interventions to restore cognitive and work function for people with severe and persistent mental disorders. His work spans four decades and has had wide national and international influence.
"I certainly support the general mission of IMHF which is raising awareness and reducing stigma." - Dr. Morris Bell
Joanna Gustafson, M.S., M.Ed.
Joanna Gustafson has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate wellness consultant, health writer/author, and creator of health, happiness, nutrition and fitness programs. As a part-time professional musician, she has a special interest in the relationships between sound, music, and dance, with mood and overall health. Her numerous physical and mental health certifications include Brain Health Trainer and Brain Health Professional, and she holds an M.Ed. in Health Promotion (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina.
Frank King is the Mental Health Comedian and Suicide Prevention Speaker whose comedic brilliance is underscored by his two-decade stint as a writer for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, and has worked with Joan Rivers, Dennis Miller, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen, Rosie, Steve Harvey and many others. He has also turned his own battles with depression into 11 TEDx Talks.
Kimberly King is an award-winning author and educator specializing in sexual abuse prevention. Certified by D2L.org and a hotline counselor, she's committed to child safety. Endorsed by top institutions for her prevention books, she began as a women's health peer counselor. Author of "I Said No!" and an upcoming book, she's a mental health advocate and caregiver to her son. Kimberly offers in-person and online training to empower communities.
Carrol Mendelson is an award winning playwright, having written for both theater and film.
Shortly after the death of her son Carrol wrote ‘Imperfect Seed” a play based on her son’s struggle with mental illness, and subsequent suicide. She became involved in The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention where she sat on the Board of Directors of both the Florida and Los Angeles chapters. She created Awareness Through The Arts, a memorial fund to bring awareness of mental health issues to the public.
Steve Pearson is a visionary in global mental health, founder of Gratitude Academy, and creator of the Gut Gratitude and Gratitude Journal Apps. Certified in Applied Neuroscience, he specializes in addiction therapy and coaching. Steve aims to make gratitude a global mental health tool, believing in its transformative power for well-being. His mission: to be a beacon of hope and education, impacting lives positively.
Mohini Ranganathan, MD
Mohini Ranganathan, MD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Staff Psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine.
"I was so inspired by Chris’ story (Cheese Fries & Chili Dips) and performance! It will stay with me for a while!” - Mohini Ranganathan, MD