Mind Strategies Advisors

Mind Strategies has assembled a group of internationally respected advisors in a range of relevant domains. While these professionals will have no day-to-day involvement with (or responsibility for) the efforts of Mind Strategies LLC, they can be called on to support any project or program when their participation would be additive. The specific details and structure of each Mind Strategies activity will be customized to the needs of every client and situation.

Derrick Anderson PsyD

Advising elite athletic teams and leagues on mental health efforts, training law enforcement on managing mental health crises

 

Dr Derick Anderson is a clinical and sports psychologist with over 25 years of experience in sports and performance psychology, and mental health training and care in unique settings.  He began his work in sports psychology with the Miami Dolphins in the late 1990’s before transitioning to a consulting position in the NFL. After several years in these roles he took a hiatus from sports psychology to devote his professional efforts to consulting to the U.S. Army and Army Corps of Engineers.  After 5 years working domestically and abroad with the Armed Forces, he moved on to support efforts around mental health and performance with first responders and elite law enforcement.  In addition to providing performance strategies he was also central to the development of wellness initiatives and profiling techniques for Internet Crimes Against Children Investigators and the U.S. Marshals.  After several fulfilling years with Law Enforcement he returned to the sports world as Director of Sport and Performance for the New York Mets for 6 years and is currently in the same role with the Miami Marlins, the Florida Panthers and was until recently a clinical consultant with the NBA.    

Mind Strategies focus: mental health in athletic settings, training and support for mental health efforts in companies, communities and law enforcement settings

 
Eugene Beresin, MD

Messaging to youth about mental health, med student education and mental health, community training, programming, media

 

Eugene V. Beresin, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Executive Director of the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds that is devoted to promoting the social, emotional and behavioral wellbeing of young people. He is Director of the Elizabeth Thatcher Acampora Endowment, an outreach program to meet the mental health needs of underserved youth and families. Dr. Beresin was Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at MGH and McLean for 30 years. He served as a leader of many national organizations and has won a number of local and national teaching awards, including the Vestermark Award for Outstanding Teaching by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health; the Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education; and The Nancy Roeske Award for Outstanding Medical Student Teaching by the APA. He is Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Fellow as well as second President-Elect of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Beresin served as President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. 

Dr. Beresin has consulted to a variety of television shows including ER and Law and Order SVU. He was Consultant to the Emmy Award winning HBO children’s specials, Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales  (2000), Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2003) and Classical Baby (2005). He co-produced a Parenting Resource website for abcnews.com. He was script consultant, expert, and actor in Brains on Trial, a PBS broadcast (2013). 

 

Mind Strategies focus: School and child mental health services and training, medical student mental health, media interviews and advising, community presentations and trainings

 

Learn more about Gene: https://www.mghclaycenter.org/about-us/our-team/gene-beresin-m-d/

 
Alan (Lanny) Berman PhD

International leader in suicide prevention science and efforts, suicide prevention consulting, forensic advising

 

Dr. Lanny Berman is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Between 1995 and 2014 he served as Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Prior to this he attained the rank of professor of psychology at American University (1969-1991) and was named Director of the National Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Washington School of Psychiatry (1991-1995).   He is a Past-President of the AAS (1984-1985) and of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (2009-2013).  He is the AAS’s 1982 Shneidman Award recipient (for Outstanding Contributions in Research in Suicidology), and 2006 Louis I. Dublin Award recipient (for outstanding service and contributions to the field of suicide prevention).  A Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the International Academy for Suicide Research, Dr. Berman maintains a private practice of psychological and forensic consultation in Chevy Chase, MD.  He has published over 170 professional articles and book chapters and has edited/authored 8 books including The Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention (2000; with Drs. Ronald Maris and Morton Silverman).

 

Mind Strategies focus: suicide prevention efforts in any setting including schools and institutions of higher education, training, government and policy advising, forensic work, second opinions, media interviews and advising


For more about Lanny: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Berman

 
Leah Goodman, OTD, OTR/L

Mental health and well-being curriculum development and delivery, holistic approaches to university mental health, inclusive pedagogy, supporting college students with disabilities, inclusive education on sexuality and identity (LGBTQIA+ health), faculty training 

 

Dr. Goodman is a licensed occupational therapist and university educator. She developed, teaches, and conducts research on "Promoting Wellbeing", a credit-bearing course which aims to support student mental health and academic success.  Leah served as an Inclusive Classroom Faculty Fellow for the University of Illinois-Chicago Office of Diversity, where she developed a module to train faculty to support student well-being through their pedagogy. Dr. Goodman is invested in supporting student-led initiatives on campus and is the faculty advisor for the UIC Mental Health and Disability Alliance. Her work aims to integrate mental health and well-being into the core of higher education through curriculum development, inclusive teaching and faculty training, student-led initiatives, and non-traditional models of care. She also works with Mantra Health, a growing college mental health start-up with the mission of reimagining mental health care for students. Dr. Goodman is interested in exploring the ways we define and provide mental health support, and seeks to develop initiatives and partnerships that promote well-being, equity, and justice. 

For more about Leah's work visit https://www.drleahgoodman.com/ 

Mind strategies focus: Comprehensive well-being in higher education, mental health and SEL curriculum development, student-led mental health initiatives, disability supports, LGBTQIA+ advocacy and mental health 

 
 
Scott MacLeod

Suicide prevention efforts in colleges and communities, media reporting on suicide and mental health

 

Scott MacLeod is the president of The Sophie Fund, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Ithaca, NY that supports mental health initiatives aiding young people. For 25 years he was a correspondent and bureau chief for TIME magazine in Cairo, Johannesburg, Paris, and New York. From 2010 to 2020 he was a professor of practice in journalism at the American University in Cairo, where he also served as the founding managing editor of The Cairo Review of Global Affairs between 2010–2017.

Mind strategies focus: media and safe messaging, community suicide prevention efforts  

For more about Scott’s work: https://thesophiefund.org/

Eran Magen PhD

Medical School and Clinician Mental Health Monitoring and Early Intervention, K-12 Mental Health Training, Parenting Training, Social and Emotional Learning

 

Dr. Magen earned his M.A. in education and Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University, completed post-doctoral training in population health, and served as the research director for the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Magen works with public school districts, universities, hospitals and private corporations, where he teaches educators, clinicians, managers and parents how to build stronger, more joyful relationships in their professional and personal lives. Dr. Magen's work has been published in top-tier scientific journals including Psychological Science, Emotion, and Academic Pediatrics, and has been cited in popular media outlets ranging from Allure Magazine to Psychology Today.

 

Mind Strategies focus: School and student mental health programs, teacher trainings, medical student mental health, technology and school mental health

 

Learn more about Eran: http://eranmagen.com/wp/

 
Sheila Nevins

Mental health and suicide in the media

 

Sheila Nevins is a media legend. She is currently serving as an Executive Producer at MTV Networks. Ms. Nevins is the former president of HBO Documentary Films and Family Programming for Home Box Office. At HBO, she was responsible for overseeing the development and production of more than 1500 programs for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax.

As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 35 News and Documentary Emmys and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards.  During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries won 26 Academy Awards. Over the years, many of her projects have focused on health, substance misuse, mental health and suicide prevention, including: “Crisis Hotline: Press 1” (2015), “Meth Storm” (2017), “32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide” (2017), “Risky Drinking” (2016), “Every Brilliant Thing” (2016), “My Depression” (2014) and “The Alzheimer’s Project” (2009)  among scores of others.

 

Ms. Nevins has been honored with numerous prestigious career achievement awards, including the 2018 Realscreen Legacy Award and the 2017 DOC NYC Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy® Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the art of the documentary (the first time the National Television Academy awarded a Lifetime Achievement recognition to a documentarian). The National Board of Review presented her with the Humanitarian Award for her contribution to the advancement of social reforms and the promotion of human welfare through film.  Ms. Nevins has been inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame, and has garnered an IDA Career Achievement Award and the New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award for Outstanding Vision & Achievement. She won the first George Foster Peabody Award ever presented to a cable program for “She’s Nobody’s Baby,” which was produced with Ms. Magazine.   

Ms. Nevins is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the New York Times bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Mind Strategies focus: Media depictions of drug use and mental health, safe messaging

 

To learn more about Ms. Nevins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Nevins

 
Paul Pomerantz MD

Adult/Child/adolescent psychiatry training, school mental health programs, mental health in child and teen inpatient services, social service agencies and foster care settings

Dr. Paul Pomerantz is a highly experienced and skilled adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist. After completing psychiatric training at NYU Medical Center in adult and subsequently child and adolescent psychiatry, he completed further training in psychoanalysis at NYU’s affiliated Psychoanalytic Institute. He served as Assistant and then Unit Chief of Adolescent inpatient psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center. He spent many years in psychiatry education serving as  Assistant Director, Education and Training in the  Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU. Since leaving his full time position at NYU/Bellevue he has maintained a private practice and has served as a psychiatric consultant to Abbott House in New York State and several other therapeutic  foster care facilities and group homes.

Mind Strategies focus: Hospital and youth facing facility psychiatric services, psychiatric education, second opinions and complex clinical problem solving and supervision.

 
Dan Reidenberg PsyD

Suicide prevention consultant, trainer, program development, media and social media expert

 

Dr. Dan Reidenberg is the Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and is on the International Association for Suicide Prevention board.  He is a Certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator and serves on several national and international editorial boards.  He is a leading world expert in mental health and suicide prevention and has worked on inpatient psychiatric units for adolescents and adults in hospitals in addition to having a private practice.  He has provided consulting and presentations to over 250,000 people on mental wellness, mental illness, chemical health, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and grief issues.  He has conducted training for media, medical and mental health professionals, educators, corporations, national and state governments around the world.  Dr. Reidenberg has been interviewed by major media including CNN, Larry King, Good Morning America, Good Morning Europe, the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, Newsweek, People, BBC and radio in Australia, Russia, Canada and the UK.  He received the Service to Humanity Award, Service to Suicidology Award, the Mental Wellness Healthy Mind-Health Body Award, was recognized as a Champion of Change by The Obama Administration and he is featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and as a recipient of the the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Mind Strategies focus: suicide prevention trainings for community or workplace, safe suicide messaging, media interviews

 
Michelle Riba MD

Mental health care systems in communities, workplaces and colleges, mental health in medical schools

 

Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., DFAPA, FAPM is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center and Director, Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Program and Co-Director of the Workplace Mental Health Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center.

 

Dr. Riba is the author or editor of over 300 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts.  Dr. Riba has served on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services and Cancer News on the Net, Current Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry Reports, Academic Psychiatry, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, and has served on the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc. She is a reviewer for many international journals.

 

Dr. Riba is an active, award winning teacher and mentor at the University of Michigan.  As a consultation-liaision  psychiatrist, she lectures on primary care psychiatry, depression and medical illness, depression and cancer; cardiovascular disease and psychiatric issues. She is a national and international speaker at major scientific meetings. She has been recognized with numerous teaching honors at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of Michigan. Dr. Riba also leads the National Network of Depression Center’s College Psychiatrist Caucus and established a Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association during her tenure as President of the APA in 2004-5. 

 

Mind Strategies focus: mental health in colleges, universities, medical centers and communities, presentations in professional and community settings, media interviews 

Learn more about Michelle: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/michelle-riba-md-ms

 
Harry Rockland-Miller, Ph.D.

College student mental health and suicide prevention, campus health and mental health systems, suicide prevention and postvention in diverse setting

Dr. Rockland-Miller retired from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017, where he was the Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, Executive Director of Wellness and served as a core member of the Student Affairs and Campus Life Leadership team.  For 22 years he led a multidisciplinary university clinic providing short-term psychotherapies, psychopharmacological services, community consultation, training and 24-hour crisis services. 

 

For 16 of those years he also served as Associate Director of the University Health Services. As a key player in the evolution of a coordinated campus crisis response, he initiated or co-initiated many of the key response structures now in place on campus.  Rockland-Miller is a national trainer, presenter and consultant in areas including college mental health, clinical triage, suicide prevention and mental health care delivery.  Other clinical interests include crisis intervention, brief therapy and hospital-based treatment. He was a two-time recipient and Principal Investigator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator grant providing suicide prevention training on the UMass Amherst campus.  

 

He also is a trainer with the American Association of Suicidology, teaching the Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk course nationally.   Most recently, Rockland-Miller was awarded the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors’ (AUCCCD) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to campus mental health “at the highest national levels.” Prior to joining the university, he worked in mobile and hospital crisis intervention and inpatient psychiatry settings.   Since retiring from UMASS, Dr. Rockland-Miller is engaged in a part-time clinical practice and is consulting nationally to colleges and universities.

Mind Strategies focus: Campus mental health and suicide prevention systems and programs, suicide prevention advising in corporate and school settings, suicide prevention training

 
Anthony L. Rostain MD, MA

Educating youth about mental health, college mental health systems, parent and community education

 

Dr. Rostain is Chair and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  He is Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Cooper University Healthcare where he directs the clinical, education and research activities of the Department.  He is also Medical Director of the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program. 

Dr. Rostain served as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Perelman School of Medicine from 1998-2017 and was Co-Chair of the University of Pennsylvania's Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare from 2014-16.  Dr. Rostain has served as the chair of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance.

Dr. Rostain's research interests focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients across the lifespan with neurodevelopmental disorders, and on creating effective service systems for these patients and their families. He has co-authored two books on adult ADHD.  He is also co-author (with B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D.) of The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years (St. Martin’s Press, 2019).

Mind Strategies focus: Mental health in higher ed settings, medical student mental health, community and parent presentations, media

Learn more about Tony: https://www.cooperhealth.org/doctors/anthony-rostain-md