Utah State of Mind – Get to know your community leaders!

Perhaps you are interested in a specific Meeting of the Minds, perhaps you don’t know someone who is a leading thinker in our community who will be sharing their expertise at this event. Read on to meet our distinguished community leaders who will be joining each conversation to educate and talk about solutions to issues affecting mental health in Summit County, Utah.

Meeting of the Minds | Youth Data Trends in the Wasatch Back

Monday, February 22 from 2 pm to 3 pm 

Ben Springer, Ph.D., NCSP Director of Special Education, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Wasatch County School District

Ben Springer is an award-winning and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Ben received his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. Ben studied neuropsychological assessment, counseling, school-wide positive behavior supports, bullying prevention programs, parental involvement, evidence-based practice, autism, and social skills instruction. Ben is also the author of the popular book, “Happy Kids Don’t Punch You in the Face” (2018) and his new book, “GPS: Good Parenting Strategies: The No-Guilt Survival Guide for Parenting During the Pandemic and Beyond (March 2021).          

Read Dr. Springer’s full bio here.

Ben Belnap, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Associate Superintendent of Student Wellness Park City School District

Ben Belnap earned his Masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. After working for several years as a School Psychologist in Davis School District, he earned his license to practice clinically as a psychologist. He spent the next 8 years in residential and outpatient clinical settings as a therapist, conducting psychological evaluations, and program development. With his unique approach blending behavioral, relational, and attachment frameworks in supporting mental and behavioral health for children, Dr. Belnap presents and delivers keynote addresses at state and national conferences. He currently oversees Pupil Services in the Park City School District as Associate Superintendent of Student Wellness. Ben spends as much free time as he can with his wife and 4 kids, running rivers in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Thought Leader: Ian Crossland, Harvard Graduate School of Education – M.Ed and Board Member, CONNECT Summit County 

As Head of School at Colegio Los Nogales, Ian expertly ushered the school through a significant transition with the retirement of the school’s founder and long-time school leader, led a successful effort to increase the school’s endowment, revised and expanded the outdoor education program, created an international programs office, and implemented a redesigned teaching framework and evaluation system.

Read Ian’s full bio here.

Meeting of the Minds | New and Promising Practices in Treatment

Wednesday, February 23 from 9 am to 10 am

Thought Leader: Kathy Meyer, CONNECT Summit County Board Member

Kathy Meyer specializes in therapeutic placements for teens and young adults. As a mom of three young adults and a mental health professional, she offers parents genuine and compassionate support as they navigate the process of getting their child help. Her areas of expertise are students with anxiety, depression and students who are struggling with social skill deficits. She also loves working with young adults and is skilled at getting them to engage in their process. Kathy is involved with many community nonprofits, consults with the local school system on mental health issues, facilitates teen groups, and teaches workshops in the local schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel, hiking, trail running, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Kendrick, Lead Ketamine expert, University of Utah

Dr. Kendrick currently practices inpatient psychiatry at the University’s Huntsman Mental Health Institute where he works with children and adolescents. He also works with adults in the University’s Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders Clinic and has particular interests in neurostimulation and experimental Ketamine infusions to treat individuals with severely refractory mental illness. As a Pediatrician as well as a Psychiatrist, Dr. Kendrick also has interest in the process of collaboration between primary care providers and specialists. He and three of his colleagues have created a unique program utilizing technology to facilitate communication between primary care Physicians and Psychiatrists with input directly from patients and parents (www.gateutah.org). Dr. Kendrick is also interested in medical informatics and the use of technology to improve efficiency and outcomes in health care. He is one of the University’s appointed Provider Informatacists and has published in areas related to privacy for adolescents in the digital age of electronic health records.

Read Dr. Kendrick’s full bio here.

Matt Mishkind, PhD, SHRM-SCP, Deputy Director, and Director of Operations for Military and Veteran Programs, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine

Dr. Matt Mishkind is a faculty member with the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. He has spent much of his career developing programs that utilize technology to improve access to health care, with a specific focus on mental health access for remote and otherwise isolated populations. He currently serves as the Deputy Director for the University of Colorado Johnson Depression Center, and as the Director of Operations for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Mishkind is a certified QPR, Working Minds, and Mental Health First Aid trainer. He regularly trains on these and other topics and presents at professional conferences. He also holds SHRM-SCP and SHRM Veterans at Work certifications, and Mental Health First Aid for Veterans designation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with a focus on Organizational Psychology, from the University of Vermont. He has over 35 publications primarily focused on improving access to behavioral health care and has been an author on several best-practice guidelines for telemental health.

Read Dr. Mishkind’s full bio here.

Melissa Lopez-Larson, MD, Child, Adolescent and Adult, Integrative Psychiatrist, Park City, UT

Dr. Lopez-Larson is a Harvard Trained, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. In addition, she has completed an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona. She is the author of over 25 journal articles and is the author of the book, “My Child is not Depressed Anymore: Treatment Strategies That Will Launch Your College Student to Academic and Personal Success.” Dr. Melissa brings  her15+ years of diverse knowledge, unique skills, and complementary mind-body techniques to her private practice and her transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic (TMS Elevated) in Park City, Utah. Her goal is to inspire her patients to discover the right support and tools to achieve complete mind-body wellbeing. 

Read Dr. Lopes Larson’s full bio here.

Jenn Solomon, Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher

Jenn Armstrong Solomon is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher through YogaFit’s Warriors Track and has studied in-depth with the many leaders in her field. Jenn has completed the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program and is enrolled in the Ayurvedic Practitioner program at the California College of Ayurveda, and also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Read Jenn’s full bio here.

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