Guest Speakers

Cheryl D. Wills, MD

 Dr. Wills is Director of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatric Services at University Hospitals of Cleveland and is on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University. Her interests include community and correctional psychiatry. She has consulted to the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern Center for Human Rights and other human rights organizations to improve psychiatric service delivery to youths and adults, who are disproportionately racial and ethnic minorities, who are confined in jails and prisons.


She serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has been appointed to serve on the Finance and Budget Committee by three consecutive APA presidents. She currently serves as the Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force to address structural racism throughout psychiatry. She has coauthored treatment guidelines with the APA Guideline Writing Group and is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Her publications focus on forensic and clinical aspects of psychiatric practice.


Her presentation Using Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities and Improve the Response to Psychiatric Care addresses the relationship between structural competence, health disparities, and mental disorders and how to address structural racism in everyday practice. Dr. Wills will also present: Update on Suicide Phenomena in Children and Adolescents. Her presentation addresses the recent patterns in suicide behavior of children and adolescents, how suicide behavior differs in diverse populations, and how social media influences suicide risk in children and adolescents. 


Sadiah Khan, MD

Dr. Khan, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences psychiatry resident, presents on the topic: Mental Health Consequences and Treatment Approach to a Growing Epidemic: Human Trafficking. During this session, Dr. Khan will address screening for victims of human trafficking, targeting complex trauma in context of mental health, and resources to aid this community.


Jinal Desai, MD

Dr. Desai, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences psychiatry resident, presents on the topic: Childhood Maltreatment and Its Association with Adult Depression. The presentation will address the association between childhood maltreatment and its subtypes with adult depression in terms of severity, course of illness, and treatment course.

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