Featured Speakers

2016 Featured Speakers

Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM

Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies as the Assistant Dean, Dr. Delisi served as the Midwest Regional Medical Director for HBFF. Dr. Delisi graduated in 2001 from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. There he served as chief resident in the Psychiatric Residency Program. He also participated in a Neuroscience Research Fellowship from Loyola University, Chicago and was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Dr. Delisi served as Director of Psychiatric Services at Rush Behavioral Health-DuPage, Associate Director of the Psychiatric Residency Program at Rush, and Associate Director of the Chicago Board Review Course.  Dr. Delisiís fields of interest include psychopharmacology, assessment and treatment of co-occurring SUD and MH disorders, neurobiology of addiction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression and addiction, and adaptive leadership. He is also active in community support and public advocacy to improve care delivery for individuals struggling with addiction and mental illnesses.  Dr. Delisi has co-authored 28 presentations and published abstracts, many of which focus on mindfulness-based treatment. He has also co-authored three publications, two of which are supported by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Klein is the Executive Director of the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden Betty Fordís headquarters in Center City, Minnesota. The Butler Center for Research is dedicated to improving recovery from addiction by conducting clinical and institutional research, collaborating with other research centers, and communicating scientific findings.

Numerous studies are conducted on Hazelden patient populations and are designed to further elucidate the mechanisms underlying effective treatment for drug and alcohol problems. The more we can objectively describe and measure processes and indicators of change, the better we can target our treatment efforts, work to improve treatment outcomes, and communicate to people about our results.

Dr. Klein received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1999. She completed her Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology (also from Case Western) in 1997 and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kenyon College in 1994. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in alcoholism research at the Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo (SUNY). She recently completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesotaís Carlson School of Management in May 2016. As an experimentalist, much of her early research focused on elucidating the processes underlying cognitive functions such as memory and attention. More recently, she has examined cognitive processing in persons with substance use disorders using a wide variety of information processing methodologies. In her current role as executive director, Dr. Klein oversees key data operations throughout Hazelden, including collection, analysis and reporting of patient outcomes and other program and product evaluation efforts. She regularly conducts multivariate statistical analyses of institutional data and disseminates the results. She also oversees clinical research studies involving Hazelden patient samples.

Dr. Klein also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Prior to joining the Butler Center for Research in October 2007, Dr. Klein was an assistant professor of Psychology at Knox College, a small liberal arts college in central Illinois. She is also an excellent resource to the media and provides data to support trends in addiction. She has appeared in print and broadcast interviews and enjoys helping audiences understand the complexities of addiction and its treatment. She also routinely consults with other providers in the healthcare space on a number of research and data analytics topics, including patient outcomes readiness assessments and how to best leverage organizational data assets to improve the cost and quality of care.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT

Jamie travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice (www.dancingmindfulness.com). Jamie is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her newest book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation is released in the Fall of 2015. She is currently working on her latest book (in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger) EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (due out with Springer Publishing in 2017).

Robert Schwebel, Ph.D.

Dr. Schwebel is a psychologist who wrote and developed The Seven ChallengesÆ Program for adolescents and young adults, now widely used across the United States, and in Canada and Germany. More recently he wrote Leap of Power: The Seven Challenges for Adults.  He works closely with organizations to provide clinical support, and is actively involved in the oversight of Program implementation.  Dr. Schwebel has worked in the field of mental health and drug counseling for more than 40 years and is the author of several books including Saying No Is Not Enough; Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free; and Whoís on Top, Whoís on Bottom: How Couples Can Learn to Share Power.  He has appeared on the Oprah Show, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CNN interviews and other national media. He contributes articles to thefix.com and pro-talk at rehabs.com.

Michael McLean and John Batdorf, Lifetime Songwriters, Composers, Authors

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For many recovering addicts it’s in rehab they discover there are often musical triggers to their abuse, (the songs associated with using) and then they have to learn how to avoid those triggers that are essentially the soundtrack to their addiction. Last year, some addiction recovery sponsors found out that John Batdorf and Michael McLean were working on a project with the working title of 12 songs for 12 steps and asked if they’d do a concert for several recovering addicts. Turns out it was about 700 addicts and their families who attended. The concert gave John and Michael a chance to see if their songs made a difference with the audience. They were overwhelmed with the feedback they received that evening. The show received a tremendous response, people waiting in line for nearly an hour to thank them, and after receiving several hand written notes from addicts at the show saying “please hurry and get these songs recorded” they realized that the need was great and the urgency even greater.

John and Michael are singer/songwriters with a passion to let the power of music help people trying to change. They’ve been wearing out their lives the last forty plus years as professional songwriters hoping to make a difference. Although they understand they’re not the only guys who have songs that could help, they want to get the ball rolling.



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