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A Career in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Melissa joins Kristin on Mental Health Business Radio to discuss the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis and her journey in the field.

Melissa Hunsinger-Harris, MSEd, BCBA® provided ABA services in both regular and special education institutions before joining Bay Path University. Melissa’s clinical expertise includes an emphasis on intensive early behavioral intervention (EIBI) as well as professional development opportunities for organizations that provide intensive behavior supports. At Bay Path, Melissa is a full-time instructor in the ABA program and provides supervision to graduate students seeking certification. Her belief is that the basic principles of behavior analysis can be taught to every parent/caregiver within in-home therapy sessions, reducing the need for intensive services & empowering parents/caregivers.

The Journey of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Josh Hamilton joins Kristin to discuss the necessity for psychiatric nurse practitioners and also answer a question asked by many of you listeners: What exactly is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

Josh Hamilton is in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has held a variety of faculty and administrative positions in the U.S. and abroad. He was Associate Medical Director for the largest behavioral health network in the Desert Southwest. He served on the Nevada Board of Nursing’s Advanced Practice and Educational Advisory Committees and spearheaded the Donate Life campaign.

His professional interests include neurobiology, pharmacology and epigenetics. He is an internationally-recognized speaker on these (and related) topics at conferences and professional meetings. He has worked with a variety of organizations, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), to develop live and enduring CE activities.

Dr. Hamilton is nationally certified as a PMHNP, FNP and CNE. He is also a master clinical psychopharmacologist, and he was the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus at his alma mater, the University of Wyoming. He was recognized as a doctoral scholar by the NLN, and he is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He was recognized for establishing a unique clinic structure that improves access to cost-effective, convenient, quality healthcare for Nevadans.

Occupational Therapy Across the Lifespan

Join Dr. Julie Watson and Stephanie as they discuss Occupational Therapy needs for people on the Autism Spectrum.

Dr. Julie Watson joined Bay Path University as program coordinator, as well as, an associate professor for the post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. She also serves as the Residency Coordinator for the Brooks Institute of Higher Learning Occupational Therapy Neurologic Residency Program. Dr. Watson serves as the Northeast Florida Regional Representative for the Florida Occupational Therapy Association. She has presented research at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, American Occupational Therapy Association, Assistive Technology Industry Association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association, and Western Association of Colleges professional conferences. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wildflower Clinic and consults for several community organizations on a volunteer basis.

Dr. Julie Watson’s clinical experience includes positions in outpatient and home health settings serving pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland, an MOT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, an MHS from the University of Florida, and a PhD from the University of Florida.

Keeping the Individualization in the IEP Process

Join Stephanie and Dr. Kristen Bonanno as they discuss the IEP process and how we can strive to keep them individualized.

Kristen Bonanno, EhD is the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Special Education for Bay Path University. Dr. Bonanno has worked in education at various levels for more than a dozen years as a special education teacher and as a special education administrator at the elementary and middle school levels. Since leaving K12, she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels specializing in special education and educational research. In addition, Dr. Bonanno has published several books examining best practices in special education.

Mental Health Business: Clinical Mental Health Education

Dr. Mark Benander, Dr. Kristina Hallett and Kristin discuss coming from the clinical world of mental health into the academic world. We have a shortage of mental health counselors and that must change especially as suicide rates are higher than ever. People are in need of professionals and educators in mental health in our increasingly stressful and disconnected society. Tune in as Dr. Benander discusses his career path in this field which includes work in the field of Autism and Refugee Trauma.

Mark Benander, PhD is the program director and full-time faculty member of Bay Path University’s graduate psychology programs in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He brings extensive clinical practice and teaching experience to his role at Bay Path including online teaching experience at St. Leo University. Dr. Benander earned the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst along with two master’s degrees, one in psychopharmacology from the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology and the other in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also earned a mastery certificate from Harvard in international refugee trauma recovery.

Dr. Kristina Hallett is a clinical psychologist, author, international speaker, and professor at Bay Path University. She is also the host of the Be Awesome podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network.

BayPath Genetic Counseling

Mental Health Business: What Is Genetic Counseling?

Join Janice Berliner and Dr. Dave Vigerust with Kristin as they discuss the field of Genetics and explain exactly what Genetic Counseling is and why it is invaluable. The field of mental health is in dire need of genetic counselors. Janice discusses her shift from the clinical world of genetics to that of being an educator. We also talk about society’s overall lack of understanding, with the advent of commercialized DNA genetics testing kits such as 23andMe, about what genetics testing is and how to interpret results. The need for genetics counselors is on the rise and along with, Janice is a leading educator in the field.

About Our Guest:

Janice Berliner, MS, LCGC has been a clinical genetic counselor for more than twenty-nine years, having earned her MS in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan and earning board certification in 1993. She has served on the boards of directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), and chaired the 2008 NSGC Annual Education Conference.

Throughout her career, Janice has had the opportunity to be part of the hands-on training of a sizable number of genetic counseling graduate students, has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the NSGC quarterly newsletter and on the editorial board of the Journal of Genetic Counseling. She has written several book chapters, published a number of scholarly articles, and edited a book entitled Ethical Dilemmas in Genetics and Genetic Counseling: Principles through Case Scenarios (Berliner, 2014). She is the author of the highly acclaimed book Brooke’s Promise, her first novel, a work of fiction with a genetics theme.

About Our CoHost:

David Vigerust, MS, Phd received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso, a master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Vigerust conducted post-doctoral research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Vigerust completed a second post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics Disease in the area of molecular biology. Dr. Vigerust was a faculty member in the Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology Department at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Health Research Scientist in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Most recently, Dr. Vigerust is the Director of Clinical Affairs and molecular scientist for a diagnostics laboratory focused around precision medicine, genomics and infectious disease. Dr. Vigerust has published extensively in international journals, presented his research at national and international conferences and is an active editor and reviewer for several prominent journals. Dr. Vigerust has developed several novel molecular diagnostic assays for the prediction of cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes, infectious disease and cancer. Dr. Vigerust speaks often on the subject of precision medicine and was selected as a TEDx speaker in 2016.

Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery and a Clinical Assistant Professor position with the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy. Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in the treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders , diagnostics, infectious disease, and neuroinflammation. He is also a founding member of Digital Tech Initiative, a b-corporation created to research and educate about the impact digital media has on our mental health.

Healing Through Narrative Medicine

What happens on this podcast? Vulnerability in action! Join Dr. Kristina Hallett and Kristin Sunanta Walker with guest Leanna James Blackwell on the fears and self-sabotage (women especially) can use to silence their voices. We get enough of this from the world so let’s NOT do this to each other.

Mental Health News Radio Network is so excited to support Bay Path University. It’s been a goal of this network to work with a university. To have Bay Path be that University is certainly fitting since we are all about female empowerment here! But let’s not forget about men too! Bay Path has a curriculum for everyone.

Leanna James Blackwell is director of the Bay Path University MFA in Creative Nonfiction and assistant professor of creative writing. An award-winning essayist and documentary playwright, she is a member of the Northampton Playwrights Lab, former artistic director and playwright-in-residence of TKO Theatre and the Inner Stage in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the co-founder and director of The Place for Writers at Mills College in Oakland, California.

A frequent contributor to arts and parenting journals and a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, Leanna’s essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction’s True Story; Full Grown People; Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; The Best of Brain, Child; Literary Mama; five80split: A Journal of Arts and Letters; Hidden Manna: The Journal of Faith and Story; and Mount Holyoke and Amherst magazines. Her work has also appeared in the best-selling literary anthologies A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption and in Toddler, winner of an Independent Publishers Award (Seal Press). She was a Fiction Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and a participating writer at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley Conference for Writers, and the Bay Area Writers’ Project.

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