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Speaker Bios

RaisonCharles Raison, M.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Arizona. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor and Clinical Director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University.

Dr. Raison received his medical degree from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and won the Missouri State Medical Association Award. He completed residency training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital in Los Angeles.

The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and AlternativeMedicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research focuses on bi-directional relationships between neuroendocrine and immune systems, especially as these pertain to depression in response to stress or medical illness. His research ranges from immune system effects on central nervous system functioning to the application of compassion meditation as a strategy to reduce inflammatory responses to psychosocial stress. Dr. Raison has also done pioneering studies on the use of cytokine antagonists for the treatment of major depression. In addition to his activities at University of Arizona, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for and serves on the editorial board of Brain, Behavior and Immunity.


 Jean MaleckiJean M. Malecki, MD, MPH, FACPM, has been identified as "Changing the Face of Medicine" and a Local Legend by the National Library of Medicine. She has been named one of the top 25 Faces of Public Health by the American Public Health Association, and she received a Presidential Citation for her leadership in curtailing the risk from bioterrorism during the Anthrax attack in 2001.

Dr. Malecki spent most of her career championing advanced public health care initiatives in Palm Beach, Florida. When Palm Beach County created the Health Care District  to guarantee funding for health care and trauma services, Dr. Malecki was appointed to the Board of Directors where she has served for more than 17 years. She helped initiate the County-Wide Trauma System, including Trauma Hawk; registered nurses in every school; trauma centers; school mental health counseling; low and no cost insurance programs and the new public hospital in Belle Glade. With her recent move to Northern Arizona and work at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, she developed three models for "Community Health Integration" within the hospital setting with an emphasis on merging Traditional Native Healing Practices and Allopathic/Osteopathic Medicine. She is presently involved in promoting "The Compassion Project" with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Northern Arizona University.

Dr. Malecki is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, is a Fellow of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and an alumnus of the Public Health Leadership Institute.


Heidi WaymentHeidi Wayment, PhD,is professor and chairwoman of the social psychologydepartment at Northern Arizona University, where she also is the director of The Compassion Project. Her general interests are in social psychological issues related to self and identity and coping with negative life events. Her most recent research interests are concerned with understanding how individuals react to threat and loss and a general understanding of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual paths to a "quiet ego." Dr. Wayment is currently the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse Education and Prevention. More about Dr. Wayment's research and publications. 


RaulRaul Almazar, RN, MA, has many years of experience as direct care provider,administrator, organizational and clinical  consultant, trainer, andspeaker. Prior to working as full-timeconsultant in 2009, he served as Deputy Director  for the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health where he was charged to facilitate an organizational culture shift in all 10 State -operated facilities towards person-centered,trauma-informed, recovery-promoting, non-coercive  treatment settings.

He serves as faculty to the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Senior Consultant to SAMHSA's Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices. He provides consultation, training and technical assistance to organizations in the areasof leadership, workforce development, consumer empowerment, organizational planning and changing organizational cultures to effect systems transformation towards development of non-coercive, trauma-informed treatments. He has expertise in working with youth and adult serving, institutional and community based, publicly and privately -funded programs across service systems.


Brian SimsBrian R. Sims, M.D, is a psychiatrist who serves as a national and international consultant on the Fundamentals  of Trauma Informed Care, routinely providing lectures and trainings for Staff, consumers and Administration in the US, Guam, and recently Australia and New Zealand on the practice of Trauma - Informed Care; its applications, as well as the Neurobiology of Trauma. With a background in Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Sims is also a Staff Psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 Detention Centers in 10 states.  In this role, he is responsible for the provision of care for more than 3000 inmates in need of mental health services.

Before joining Correctional Mental Health Care Services, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for a large Healthcare Management Company (Conmed Healthcare Management), where he was responsible for the development of core strategic planning for theCompany's mental health provisions in 9 states. Prior to this, Dr. Sims had served with theState Mental Health System for 25 years, as well as private practice.


Jaime RomoJaime Romo, M.D., is a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ for Healing and Healthy Environments. He is a member of the National Group and consultant with the Faith Trust Institute.  He earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego in 1998. Following a career in K-12 and teacher education, he has taken an active role in developing and implementing Safe Church Policies and Healing Community practices in churches since 2009, leading trainings for parents, volunteers and employees.

Dr. Romo is a certified Primordial SoundMeditation Instructor with the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and is a certified consultant with the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. His most recent books are: "Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters;" "Parents Preventing Abuse;" and "Teachers Preventing Abuse."  His most recent healing resource is "If you want to fly higher, you must be lighter," an on-line course to assist survivors recover from the effects of sexual and other abuse. Dr. Romo and his wife, Philomena, have 4 children and are currently active members at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California, which has become known nationally for its active work in building a safe church environment.