Editorial Board

Gisèle Apter, MD, PhD
Professor Child and Adolescent Pscyhiatry, University Rouen Normandy
Chief of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Groupe Hopsitalier Le Havre

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Gisèle Apter is Professor and Chair of Child Psychiatry at the University of Rouen, Normandy, and Head of Infant and Child Psychiatry at Le Havre Hospital, Le Havre, France. She also directs a parent-infant psychiatric research laboratory. Gisèle studied general, child, and perinatal psychiatry, and infant psychology at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, followed by training in developmental psychology at the Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Gisèle is President of the Société de l'Information Psychiatrique (French Public Psychiatry). Her research and publications focus on infants of parents with personality disorder and the transmission of disorganized attachment and on the impact of maternal mental health on the developing infant. She is involved in many international projects, such as the Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment (PACT) Consortium. She is currently the Representative for Western Europe at the World Psychiatric Association. "Helvetica Light",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";
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Michael Banov, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Augusta University Health
Medical Director, Psych Atlanta Ketamine/Research Center

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Dr. Michael Banov is a triple board-certified Adult, Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatrist and is the medical director of Psych Atlanta and Psych Atlanta Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Psych Atlanta is an outpatient behavioral health group practice providing comprehensive outpatient services to those suffering from a wide range of psychiatric problems. Psych Atlanta Research Center works with pharmaceutical companies to test new compounds for the treatment of psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia. Dr. Banov attended medical school at Emory School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry training at McLean-Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School residency program. He was chief resident of the psychotic disorders program and was given a teaching faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School before moving back to Georgia. He is a certified clinical investigator, having received his certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ARCP).He is also board certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Banov has conducted over 100 clinical research studies with new and existing compounds in the management of acute and chronic psychiatric conditions. He runs a treatment resistant mood and anxiety program that includes ketamine, Spravato, and other innovative therapy options.


Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

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Dr. Jain attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India and attended graduate school at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, where he was awarded the National Institute/CDC Competitive Traineeship. He graduated from the School of Public Health in 1987 with a Master of Public Health degree. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in research psychiatry with the Gerontology Center of the University of Texas Mental Sciences Institute in Houston, where he received a national research service award for the support of the postdoctoral fellowship. After this, he served a 3-year residency in psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed 2 years of child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Dr. Jain is currently involved in multiple research projects studying the effects of medications on the short- and long-term treatment of depression, anxiety, pain/mood overlap disorders, and psychosis in adult and child/adolescent populations. He is also the author of several articles on the issue of mood and pain conditions. He was recently named Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Gulf Coast Chapter, in recognition of community and peer education and the championing of mental health issues.

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, The University of Texas
Co-founder, WILD 5 Wellness Program

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Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, at The University of Texas at Austin, and a psychotherapist in private practice. Dr. Jain is a co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program and co-author of a well-received workbook written for those interested in improving their mentalwellness-KickStart30: A Proven 30-Day Mental Wellness Program. She is co-creator of the Psychedelics and Wellness Survey (PAWS) exploring the intersect between psychedelics and wellness. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for mental health practitioners, and Sana Symposium providing psychedelics education for mental health and addiction professionals.

Andrew Penn, MS, PMHNP
Associate Clinical Professor, University of California

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Andrew Penn was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Currently, he serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California-San Francisco School of Nursing. Mr. Penn is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, California, where he provides psychopharmacological treatment for adult patients and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders and PTSD. He is a former board member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California Chapter, and has presented nationally on improving medication adherence, emerging drugs of abuse, treatment-resistant depression, diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, and the art and science of psychopharmacologic practice.

Tina Matthews-Hayes DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Seaside Behavioral Health

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Tina Matthews-Hayes is a dual-certified nurse practitioner from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tina completed a registered nurse (RN) diploma program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Shadyside School of Nursing. Tina began her career at UPMC Presbyterian in the cardiac intensive care unit. She continued her education and gained a bachelor’s in the science of nursing (BSN), a master’s in the science of nursing (MSN), completed the family nurse practitioner (FNP) program, and began a terminal degree at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. While continuing employment in the cardiac intensive care unit, Tina maintained employment with Western Psychiatric Inpatient Clinic (WPIC) and Turtle Creek Mental Health Outpatient facilities. Upon completing her MSN/FNP, Tina transitioned to UPMC Presbyterian in the adult cardiac surgery division while maintaining concomitant employment in the outpatient psychiatric setting.

In 2012, Tina dedicated her practice to psychiatry in impoverished communities at Western PA Behavioral Health Resources. She transitioned her doctoral studies to Walden University, where she researched the benefits of pharmacogenomic testing in the pediatric psychiatric population while dually enrolled at Regis College of Massachusetts post-secondary master’s degree program to attain certification as a primary mental health nurse practitioner. Dr Hayes is passionate about decreasing the stigma of mental health treatment and empowering other providers to diagnose and treat patients with novel treatments, including the use of long-acting injectables. Tina is a national key opinion leader (KOL) and serves on multiple advisory boards with the goal of advancing psychiatric care.

Jeremy Schreiber, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enlighten Health Care, LLC
Adjunct Faculty, West Liberty University

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Jeremy Schreiber is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Enlighten Health Care, LLC in Wheeling, WV. Mr Schreiber is an adjunct faculty member at West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV, and serves as a clinical preceptor for numerous universities nationwide. For the Alliance for Patient Access, he serves as a member of the Mental Health Working Group. He also serves as an expert on Tardive Dyskinesia for the Point of Care Network and the CureSZ Foundation.

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Desiree M. Matthews, PMHMP-BC
Director of Advanced Practice Providers-Mental Health, Monarch

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Ms Desiree Matthews is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and director of advanced practice providers– behavioral health at Monarch in Charlotte, NC. She received her master’s in the science of nursing (MSN) from Stony Brook University in Stony Book, NY.

Ms Matthews has a clinical focus and expertise in mental health and substance abuse in adults. Her clinical focus areas include the treatment of major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and drug-induced movement disorders. She has a passion for education and providing mentorship for health care professionals in mental health.


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Brooke Kempf, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Hamilton Center
Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

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Brooke Kempf has worked as a psychiatric nurse at the Hamilton Center in Terre Haute, Indiana since she graduated from Indiana State University with an associate degree in 1994. Her passion for mental health was sparked when she worked as a charge nurse in the inpatient unit. She continued to grow as she served in their outpatient setting while obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University in 1996. She obtained her master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Ms Kempf currently practices as a hospitalist in the inpatient psychiatric unit at Hamilton Center, a community mental health center in Terre Haute, Indiana. In addition to direct patient care, Ms. Kempf enjoys giving back to her profession by functioning as an adjunct lecturer for Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis’ PMHNP program, teaching advance neuro-psychopharmacology and acting as a clinical coordinator for students enrolled in the program. Through her work with pharmaceutical companies: Janssen, Alkermes, Otsuka, AbbVie, Intracellular, and TEVA, Ms Kempf has had the opportunity to speak nationwide to other medical providers regarding the treatment and management of chronic mental illnesses. She is an active member of the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).

Alan Amberg
Alan Amberg, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Private Practice Provider: Alan Tony Amberg, PLLC

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Alan “Tony” Amberg, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a full-practice authority psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) and the owner of Alan Tony Amberg PLLC Psychiatry in Chicago, with patients in Illinois and Florida.  He is a popular speaker and trainer for national, state, and local conferences. Prior to working in private practice, he was the psychiatric NP liaison at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and before that served as the psychiatric provider for Rush Oak Park Hospital. In his roles, he has worked with a wide range of psychiatric conditions combined with physical comorbidities. Mr Amberg has precepted many NPs and registered nurses (RNs) and has provided education for physician’s assistants, psychologists, chaplains, and social workers.

Mr Amberg recently finished a stint on the national nominating committee for the APNA (American Psychiatric Nurses Association). In the past, he served as the president of the Illinois Chapter, leading the biggest increase in programming in the chapter’s history and raising over $100,000. He has a long involvement with the ISAPN (Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses), sitting on the Program Committee and formerly on the Government Relations Committee.  

During the lockdown, he provided over 300 stress reduction groups to almost 3000 staff contacts and wrote the "Tips from Tony" column for NPs and PAs, including members of ISAPN, periodically. Mr Amberg spoke at grand rounds for RNs and advanced practice providers (APPs) at Northwestern Memorial and Lake Forest Hospitals. He helped to write hospital protocols for delirium and suicidal ideation. Mr Amberg holds nursing degrees from Rush University and DePaul University in Chicago.