Nadia is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with a passion for youth mental health advocacy. In 2016, she founded the 501c3 nonprofit TeenzTalk after her own experience with aiding in the prevention of her close friend's suicide. TeenzTalk empowers youth voice, focusing on education and open conversation to fight the stigma around mental health. In 2017, Nadia spearheaded TeenzTalk's first-annual Teen Wellness Conference in Santa Clara County, bringing together 220 youth from 88 schools and 15 counties in California. Nadia also plays an active role in various mental health advisory boards and committees in the community, including Children’s Health Council, Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing, and One Love Foundation. Nadia most enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories.
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Sophie Stein received her master’s of science in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She previously worked as an advanced practice registered nurse at an outpatient psychiatric practice providing mental health care for children, adolescents, and adults. She performed patient evaluations and medication management, including using pharmacogenetic testing to guide her treatment plans. Sophie is passionate about helping those struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders, and she believes that providing those individuals and their loved ones with thorough, accurate educational resources is essential.
Originally from Texas, Joe moved to Boston in 2013 to complete Boston University's Master of Arts in Psychology program. His coursework was of a clinical focus, including abnormal psychology, statistics, personality, clinical psychology, and neuroscience.
Joe was also a teaching fellow and instructor at Boston University and gave lectures on Psychology and Criminal Justice, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and other topics. His Master's thesis focused on the associations and mediational relationships among treated individuals with bulimia and co-occurring borderline personality disorder symptomatology.
In addition to completing his Master's degree, Joe has written numerous research papers.
Dan Wagener, M.A., is a Web Content Editor at Recovery Brands.
Before Recovery Brands, he worked for a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he edited websites for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to that, he was Senior Manager of Web Content and Communications Manager at the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Senior Managing Editor at the Center for American Progress, a political think tank in D.C.
Dan holds a bachelor's degree in English from La Salle University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. He has worked at substance abuse and mental health treatment programs for teens and adults.
Melissa DeCapua is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her clinical expertise includes child and adolescent psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and psychopharmacology.
Melissa currently works as a healthcare advisor at a virtual care startup called PointNurse and as a design researcher in the technology industry. In both these roles, she guides product development by combining her clinical expertise and creative thinking.
She is a strong advocate for nurse practitioners, and fiercely believes that they should play a pivotal role in shaping modern healthcare.
Lizmarie Maldonado is a biostatistician for The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami (UM) conducting genetic research for Parkinson’s disease. Prior to joining UM, she worked as an epidemiologist at the local health department in Miami-Dade.
She holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree, specializing in biostatistics from the University of South Florida.