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The Maryland Department of Health's
Behavioral Health Administration Annual Conference
Health Disparities, Racial Equity and Stigma in Behavioral Healthcare

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Zoom Platform
Registration Fee: $55 per attendee; Student Fee $10
(5.25 CEUs)

Keynote Speaker:

Joy DeGruy, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

Dr. DeGruy is a world renowned writer, speaker, and social scientist with two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical psychology. Her doctorate degree is in Social Work research. Throughout her career, she has held numerous workshops and seminars and given lectures about her research focused on the intersection of racism, trauma, and American chattel slavery. Her book Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing shows its readers how the persistence of that intersection suffuses our daily lives. Indeed, Dr. DeGruy travels across the globe to share this message and has held these aforementioned lectures almost everywhere. She has graced her presence, time and thoughts with Morehouse School of Medicine, Smith College, Stonybrook College, Harvard University, Tulane University, Everett Community College, Fisk University, Oxford University, the Essence Music Festival, and the County of LA department of mental health. She has also done consulting work with Oprah Winfrey.

Plenary Speaker:

Juliette McClendon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. McClendon is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Psychology from Harvard University. She completed her post-doctoral training at VA Boston as an Advanced Women’s Health Fellow. Dr. McClendon studies the impact of stress on racial/ethnic disparities in health. Her key focus is on examining the role of racism and discrimination in shaping racial/ethnic mental health disparities and identifying intervention approaches that can mitigate the impact of racism-related stress and trauma on health. Dr. McClendon’s work has demonstrated that experiences of discrimination contribute to health disparities at the intersections of race, ethnicity and gender. Dr. McClendon is currently funded to evaluate an innovative intervention that targets racism-related stress and trauma to improve health and treatment engagement. Dr. McClendon serves as the Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for VA Boston and was a member of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP; American Psychological Association Division 12, Section III) Diversity Committee.


  • Finding Triggers to Joy and Transformation in a Culture of Trauma
Bruce Purnell, PhD, Executive Director, The Love-More Movement, Inc.
  • Resilience in the Black/African American Community in the Context of Systemic Racism
Tiffany Beason, PhD, Assistant Professor and Samantha Reaves, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow,
University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Recognizing and Resisting Discrimination: Behavioral Health in Pregnancy and Postpartum
Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, Friends Research Institute
  • Providing Equity-centered Engagement Approaches to Enhance the Mental Health and Well-being of Individuals that have Experienced Racial Inequalities and Health Disparities
Richard A. Rowe, MPH, Lead Project Consultant, Black Mental Health Alliance, Education and Consultation, Inc.

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Payment Options: Credit Card ONLY (due to telework)
Cancellation Policy: Written notice (e-mail) of cancellation received by 4/26/21. There is NO refund if you do not attend the conference. There is NO fee transfer to another conference.

CEU/COA: No partial CEU/COA will be granted.
Participants must attend the entire conference to receive a CEU/COA
As an accredited academic institution, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Training Center is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for 5.25 Continuing Education credits (Category 1) for licensed social workers in Maryland; as a sponsor of 5.25 Continuing Education (CE) acceptable to the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists; and 5.25 Continuing Education Units (Category A) by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, upon completion of this training and a completed evaluation. The Training Center maintains responsibility for this program. A Certificate of Attendance will be made available for all other disciplines. ​

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